While public transportation is convenient and affordable, it does not come without risk. Injuries suffered in public transportation accidents can have a significant impact on your health, as well as your ability to support yourself and your loved ones. Personal injury lawyer Carl Nagle of Nagle & Associates, PA, serves clients throughout North Carolina, including the Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Wilmington, Hickory, Asheville, and Greensboro areas. Here, he recommends three steps to take if you've been involved in a public transportation accident.
What to Do After a Public Transportation Accident
1. Seek Medical Attention
Your health should always be your top priority, even if you don't sense an injury or unusual symptoms. Remember, many injuries only become evident in the hours and days after the accident. To be on the safe side, visit a doctor immediately after a public transportation accident, and get ahold of the resulting medical files.
2. Write a Narrative of the Event
Before you meet with a personal injury lawyer, write down what happened before, during, and after the accident. This will help your attorney develop a realistic picture of the event and determine how to proceed with legal action. Don’t forget to include identifying details such as a vehicle number, the operator's name, and the exact time of the accident.
3. Explore the Possibility of a Lawsuit
Your personal injury claim may provide enough legal weight to pursue a lawsuit against the public transportation company. Though most public transport operators are protected by specific local and federal laws, a lawsuit can still be pursued if the driver is proven negligent. Your personal injury attorney will help you explore this possibility in more depth.
Contact Nagle & Associates, PA, to schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer. You can reach them by phone at (336) 723-4500 or through their website. Public transportation operators have a duty to deliver you safely and securely; if this duty has been breached, you may have a viable legal case.