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Bus Passenger Compensation Claim
What you should know after you have been a victim of a bus accident
Buses are one of the main ways in which people travel. From large corporate buses to the everyday commuter bus, these vehicles are used to drive our country. As a result, every year there are thousands of injuries and deaths caused by bus accidents. However, many times a passenger will not file a claim based upon the assumption that only the driver and/or the owner of the vehicle can file a compensation claim. This is not true. If you have been the victim of a bus accident here are a few things that you should know.
Who can file a bus passenger compensation claim?
Practically anyone who has been involved in an accident with a bus can file a bus passenger accident claim. The key word is that you have to have been a passenger either in the bus or in the vehicle which collided with the bus and have sustained an injury. The claim which is commonly filed for a bus passenger accident claim is an RTA (Road Traffic Accident). This broadens the definition and those available to file a bus passenger accident claim from that of just a driver or the owner of the vehicle to include:
- Passengers on the bus which had the accident
- Passengers in the car which collided with the bus
- Persons in a vehicle which were struck by another vehicle as a result of being hit by a bus (example: a vehicle gets hit in the side by a bus and spins off of the bus to hit your vehicle)
Should you file a bus passenger compensation claim?
Determining if you should file a bus passenger compensation claim should be based upon a few factors. You need to first seek legal advice to see if the accident was neglect, a reasonable accident, or an accident caused by another’s neglect.
If you were a passenger on a bus (public or a corporate/private bus) and involved in a bus passenger accident caused by the negligence of the bus driver and have suffered injuries you may have grounds for a claim, especially if you have the injury documented by a doctor, nurse, medical staff, or a practitioner.
Those which have been in a bus passenger accident involving a vehicle which was hit by a bus may have grounds to a claim. Specifically, if all safety measures and proper driving procedures were followed by the injured person which was involved in the collision grounds for a claim may be present.
Any individual which has had to undergo extended medical treatment including but not limited to: Physical therapy, hospitalization, chiropractic services, the use of medical devices (such as neck brace, crutches, and casts), and prescriptions may have grounds for a claim.
Persons who have had a family member fatality due to being a passenger involved in a bus passenger accident definitively have grounds for a claim, especially if your loved one had no existing medical conditions and the accident was caused by gross neglect.
Compensation claims are based upon the time in which you file the claim in relationship to the time of the accident. The longer you wait to file the less likely you will be to receive compensation. Keep in mind also that the compensation is dependent upon a number of factors such as whether or not the injury sustained is acute or critical, the duration or expected duration of the injury and treatment, and the extent of the negligence which caused the collision. Our team will work with you to file the proper documentation needed for your claim in the proper time.
If you have received any injury as a result of a bus passenger accident you are strongly encouraged to seek the professional diagnosis of a doctor, nurse, medical staff, or practitioner. If you have already received diagnosis and treatment you should continue to follow the instructions of your medical professional. Keep all documentation and pictures which you may have to support your claim. The more supporting data you have for your claim the more apt you are to receive the compensation that you deserve. Never attempt to extend your injuries in an effort to get more compensation. This is both dangerous to your health as well as illegal.
Are you the victim of a bus passenger accident? We can help you with your bus passenger compensation claim.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a bus passenger accident and would like to talk with a legal professional regarding your case, we would love to help you. Out team of professionals will work with you one-on-one to review the specifics of your case and present you with the best options to get the compensation that you deserve.