Many people rely on a bus to help them get to work in the morning. Whether driving a bus or riding in a car, being involved in a bus collision can be stressful. Because of the size of the bus, bus accidents always have the potential to be serious.
At Parker & McConkie, we would be honored to represent you following a bus accident. If you are involved in a collision with a bus, you need to seek medical care as quickly as possible. Then, reach out to us for a case consultation. We will see if you are entitled to compensation for bus crashes. We represent bus accident victims in Utah, always fighting for full and fair compensation.
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It will be best to contact a Utah bus accident attorney as soon as possible following a bus accident for several reasons.
Some of the ways that a Utah bus accident lawyer can help you include:
Once you seek medical care, schedule a case consultation with us. We want to make sure that your rights are properly protected.
Similar to car accidents, there are plenty of reasons why a bus accident might happen. Your bus accident could happen because of multiple factors.
Some of the most common reasons why you might be involved in a bus collision include the following:
The bus driver may have been negligent. Driving a bus is different from driving a large car. Drivers need to undergo special training to make sure they can operate a bus safely.
There are plenty of reasons why a bus driver may have been negligent. Perhaps your bus driver was intoxicated while operating the vehicle, or the bus driver was tired. Negligence can be a significant cause of bus accidents.
There is also a possibility that the bus company was irresponsible. All buses must undergo routine maintenance occasionally, just like other motor vehicles. If the bus company does not handle maintenance on time, it can dramatically increase the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
We can conduct a full investigation to ensure the bus company appropriately maintains the bus. If not, the bus company could be responsible for the accident.
Inclement weather might also play a role in a bus accident. While the bus driver cannot control the weather, the bus driver can control how he reacts to the weather. Bus drivers need extreme caution if it is snowing or raining outside.
A bus accident could result if the bus driver needs to be more cautious in inclement weather. We can conduct a complete investigation to figure out if inclement weather may have played a role in your motor vehicle collision.
Bus drivers depend on manufacturing companies to ensure proper manufacturing of the bus. If there was a design defect specific to that bus, it might have played a role in the accident.
While this is not always the case, we can investigate and look at paperwork to see if there was a critical fault in the design of the bus itself. If that happened, the manufacturing company could also be held responsible for the consequences of the accident.
The city is also responsible for ensuring the roads are properly cared for. If there was a major defect on the highway, it might have played a role in the accident. We can look at where the accident took place, analyze the condition of the roads, and ensure that the roads were satisfactory.
We could file another claim for further compensation if the roads were defective.
If you are involved in a bus accident, many thoughts will go through your head. It is normal to have a lot of emotions and adrenaline going through your system, but there are several steps you need to make sure that you take.
Some of the most important things you need to do following a bus accident include the following:
No matter how minor you think the accident might have been, you need to call 911 and report the accident right away. If you do not report the accident, there will not be a paper trail, which will be like the accident never happened.
You must report the accident and ask all emergency personnel to come to the scene. Even if you feel you are fine, other people might be injured, and everyone should have access to appropriate care.
Next, you need to start gathering evidence. One of the best ways is to take pictures and videos of what happened. Ensure your phone has enough battery to take photos and videos and remember to store those pictures.
When the authorities arrive, ask for a copy of the accident report. It should contain the contact information of everyone involved, and the document should also let you know what you need to do if you need to look up the accident report later.
Remember that you need to keep detailed records of the bus crash. While you must ensure that you save your pictures, images, and police reports, you must also retain other documents related to the accident.
For example, if you receive correspondence or documents from any insurance company involved in the accident, make sure you save those documents. It will be best to see the doctor for the medical treatment you need.
After you go to the doctor, remember to ask for a copy of your medical records, as you might need them to file a personal injury claim. You also need to save a copy of all receipts and bills you get from the insurance company or medical system involved, as you may also be able to pursue compensation for those bills.
Once you are confident that you have a plan for your medical recovery, you must reach out to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney can examine the case and see if you deserve compensation. Accidents happen occasionally, but if the accident was not your fault, you should not be responsible for the financial fallout following that accident.
You need to focus on your medical recovery, and a personal injury lawyer can thoroughly investigate the school bus accident and ensure the blame is appropriately placed. Your personal injury lawyer can negotiate with your insurance company and file a personal injury lawsuit to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
You will start building a bus accident case with your personal injury lawyer. Your personal injury lawyer may ask you to look up certain case documents, and your attorney may file motions to collect further documentation.
Then, once you have a strong case, your attorney should be able to request a larger settlement from the insurance company. If necessary, your personal injury lawyer can file a claim against the bus driver, bus company, or bus manufacturer to ensure you receive all compensation to which you are entitled.
Remember that there is a statute of limitations following a bus accident, so you need to reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
What happens if you are a passenger on a bus that is involved in a serious accident? You may still be entitled to a personal injury claim, as it is doubtful, the accident was your fault if you were a passenger.
You can pursue several types of compensation if you are involved in an accident on a bus. A few of the most common examples include:
If you are interested in filing a personal injury claim as a bus passenger, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. We would be happy to help you.
See a doctor first if you have been involved in a serious bus accident. Then, once you are comfortable with your medical plan, reach out to Parker & McConkie for a free consultation. We can review your bus accident and see if you are entitled to compensation. Give us a call to schedule a case consultation today.
Call 801-845-0440 to get in touch with a member of our firm after your accident. We can review your case for free!