Public transportation is a necessary part of many people’s day to day lives. The bus is how many of us get to school and work every day. For others, it is how we travel and visit our loved ones. Fortunately, bus accidents are not extremely common. But, when they do occur, they can be serious. Read on to learn more about bus accidents in Maryland, how they are caused, and what to do if you are involved in one.
How are Bus Accidents Caused?
Bus accidents can be caused by any number of factors. Some of these causes include inclement weather, hazardous road conditions, or other drivers. But, the majority of bus accidents are caused by bus-driver negligence. The most common examples of this negligence include:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to maintain vehicles
- Drowsy driving
- Excessive speed
- Failure to maintain station facilities
- Faulty train or bus parts
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What Do I Do If I Am Involved in a Bus Accident?
Being involved in an accident can be incredibly overwhelming, but it is important to remain calm and attempt to complete the following steps:
- Call 911. It is imperative that you seek medical attention. Even if you do not feel like you have been injured, it is important to go to the hospital anyway, as you may be injured without realizing it, or have sustained an injury that does not show symptoms until later on. Additionally, it is likely that other passengers on the bus have been injured and will require help.
- Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident.
- Exchange contact information with other passengers. When it comes to a personal injury trial, you may be able to corroborate each other’s versions of events.
- Unfortunately, it is best to avoid speaking with the bus driver, as these conversations can be used against you when it comes to recovering compensation for the accident.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. If you are involved in a mass transit accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. To do so, you will need the help of a dedicated attorney who will help you fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Additionally, he or she may be able to gather further evidence, such as police reports and security footage.
- Make sure you file your personal injury claim on time. In Maryland, you will generally have three years to file a claim. Failing to file within three years from the date of the accident likely means losing your opportunity to recover compensation.
Contact our Firm
If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.