Frequently Asked Bus Accident Questions
Bus Accident FAQ’s
What should I do if I’ve been hit by a public city bus?
Being injured in a bus accident is no different procedurally than being involved in a “regular” car accident, although your injuries and losses may be a lot more severe if you were the driver or passenger in a commuter vehicle hit by a bus.
Make sure you and the other driver and passengers are okay and call 911 if anyone needs immediate medical attention. Report the accident to local authorities so it can be thoroughly documented. A detailed police report can serve as evidence when you file a personal injury claim.
If you are able to remain at the scene of the accident, make sure to get the bus driver’s contact information. You should also write down the phone numbers of any eyewitnesses and take pictures of the accident scene and property damage.
Go to the emergency room or urgent care even if your injuries seem minor or nonexistent and you feel perfectly fine. Lastly, consider speaking to an Atlanta personal injury lawyer before contacting the public transport entity, such as the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), to file your claim.
Who is liable for a bus accident in Georgia?
Liability in a bus accident depends on the unique circumstances of your accident. There could be several different parties at fault. For instance, if you were hit by a public city bus, MARTA would likely be liable for your injuries. Other potentially liable parties include the:
- Bus company, such as Greyhound, Megabus or American Coach Lines
- Bus driver
- Driver of another vehicle
- Bus parts manufacturer
- Bus maintenance company
- Public entity responsible for the design and quality of roadways
What are the common causes of bus accidents?
Some of the most common causes of bus accidents are:
- The bus driver didn’t receive proper training
- Violations of traffic laws
- Working too many hours or not getting enough rest in between shifts
- Negligence, such as distracted driving or violating company policy
- Lack of bus maintenance
- Hazardous road conditions
Can I file a personal injury claim if I was a passenger on the bus?
Yes. As a passenger on a bus, you are owed a duty of care, which is a legal obligation of the bus driver and their employer to provide safe and accident-free transportation. When this duty of care is breached and the bus driver’s negligence causes you to suffer injuries, you have the right to make a claim against the bus company.
How can I strengthen my personal injury claim?
You can strengthen your personal injury claim by gathering and presenting evidence showing the negligence of the at-fault party. You will also need to prove said negligence led to your injuries and other losses, such as property damage or lost wages. You can enhance your claim by collecting the following evidence:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Detailed records of your medical treatments and bills
- Records of missed work
- Police report
- Pictures and video from the accident scene
Gathering and preserving evidence for your bus accident claim can be a daunting experience. Consider hiring a personal injury attorney who can pursue and preserve relevant evidence on your behalf to help strengthen your claim.
What are some common bus accident injuries?
The frequent stops and the proximity to more pedestrians make buses susceptible to some types of auto accidents. The lack of seat belts in buses also means particularly violent accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries, including:
- Broken limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Wrongful death
If you were injured in a bus accident, whether due to a tired or distracted bus driver, another motorist on the road, overcrowding or inadequate bus maintenance or safety features, you may be entitled to compensation.
How long do I have to file a bus accident claim in Georgia?
According to Georgia law, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases, including bus accidents is two years from the date of the accident. However, this time frame can be shorter depending on who was at fault for the accident. For instance, if the bus driver operated a city or county vehicle, there are steps you’ll need to take within six months to file a claim or civil lawsuit. Similarly, if the bus was a state vehicle, you will only have one year after the accident to make a claim against the at-fault party.
Should I hire a personal injury lawyer after a bus accident?
You aren’t obligated to hire an attorney in the aftermath of your accident. However, bus accidents tend to be nuanced and complicated. The legal complexity of your case paired with a quickly approaching deadline to take legal action can hinder your attempts at recovering compensation.
A skilled Atlanta bus injury lawyer will have the legal expertise to handle your case. They can act fast, take ownership of gathering necessary evidence and help you get the compensation you deserve to recover from your injuries and financial losses.
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