Whenever you opt to use public transportation—whether it’s a bus, airplane, or shuttle—you are entrusting your safety to the driver or pilot. However, like all vehicle operators, public transportation employees are susceptible to human error. The personal injury attorneys at Nagle & Associates, PA of Winston-Salem, NC, will protect your legal rights if you become injured in a public transportation accident.
Steps To Take Following A Public Transportation Accident
Public transportation accidents have much higher stakes than average auto accidents. There are more victims involved, more responsible parties, and more severe injuries due to the lack of airbags and safety belts. For these reasons, it is imperative you take the following steps immediately after a crash:
1. Contact Law Enforcement
Typically, public transportation agents are responsible for contacting the authorities, but if these individuals are unable to make the call, take matters into your own hands. A detailed police report will help prove liability, so you can hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries and damages.
2. Document Everything
If you can, document whatever details you can about the accident scene—both in writing and photographs. Though the police reports should contain these details, you may catch an important piece of information the police missed.
3. Gather Contact Information
Secure the names, phone numbers, and addresses of the passengers, the driver, and other individuals involved in the accident. Your personal injury attorney may need to contact them to investigate your claim.
4. Seek Medical Attention
Even if you do not have blatant or severe injuries, seek medical attention immediately. A personal injury claim is only as successful as the medical records are detailed. In addition to a thorough physical examination, request testing for your back, spine, and head. These injuries will not manifest symptoms until days, weeks, or even months after the accident. However, without medical records from immediately after the crash, you may lose out on compensation for those injuries.
5. Call A Personal Injury Attorney
Public transportation accident claims are inevitably complex, requiring the advocacy of a personal injury attorney with advanced, specialized knowledge. With strong legal representation on your side, you can maximize your recovery and ensure you receive compensation to pay off your medical bills, make up for lost wages, and cover additional expenses resulting from the accident.
Because public transportation companies have more comprehensive insurance coverage than the standard motor vehicle operator, it might be difficult for you to receive compensation for your injuries. However, an experienced Winston-Salem personal injury lawyer will understand the unique laws and regulations that govern the transportation agency and use them to your advantage.
If you were recently involved in a public transportation accident, contact the attorneys at Nagle & Associates, PA for the aggressive legal representation you deserve. Call (336) 723-4500, or schedule your free consultation online.