Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a bus accident? Check out these 3 bus accident tips for guidance, then call our attorneys to get started today.
1. After a Bus Accident
I recently spoke with a man from South Carolina who was injured while riding a bus. Early on, the first question was, “What do I do?” In many ways, he’d already taken one of the more important steps by actually contacting an attorney. If you’ve been the victim in a bus accident, I would say the first thing you need to do is make sure that you report that incident to someone in authority, typically the bus driver. You want an incident report created, something that documents what happened to you.
From there, you need to take care of yourself. You need to go get the medical treatment that you need to get better. As soon as possible after that, or during that process even, you need to find a competent, experienced trial lawyer. Find a lawyer who has experience in handling bus accidents, who knows the process, and who can help guide you through the process. If anyone out there has been the victim in a bus accident, please contact us. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
2. Bus Accident Case Value
I recently spoke to a woman in South Carolina whose son was injured on a school bus, and one of her first questions was, “What is the value of the case?” My response to that is that it really depends. It depends on many different factors. It depends, obviously, on how badly the person is injured. In North Augusta, you have two basic types of compensatory damages. You have special damages, and you have general damages. Special damages are damages that are easily quantified, such as medical expense and lost wages. General damages include things like pain and suffering. They’re a little harder to quantify because they really dependent upon the person and what they and their family are going through as a result of the wreck.
It’s very difficult to give a blanket answer to the value of a bus accident or personal injury claim. What I urged her and would urge anyone is that it’s very important to find an attorney who has experience in handling bus accident cases. You want a trial attorney who has taken cases through the course of litigation and even to trial. If anyone out there has been the victim in a bus accident and they have questions, please contact our office. We’d be happy to talk to you.
3. Bus Accident Insurance Investigation
I recently spoke to a man in North Augusta who was injured on a bus because of the driver’s negligence. He’d been contacted by the insurance carrier for the bus, and also by the attorney for the insurance company. They wanted to talk to him and get a statement so that they would know the extent of his injuries and what happened. He wanted to know if I thought that was a good idea. My response to that is the same response that I would give in any context involving an insurance claim or personal injury claim— no, you do not have any responsibility or duty to speak to the insurance carrier or the lawyer for the person who actually caused your injuries. You have no responsibility to them whatsoever.
Rarely or never can there be anything good that’s going to come from you giving any type of statement to an insurance carrier or to an attorney. That statement is not for your benefit. That statement is for the benefit of the insurance carrier and for the company itself. I would say that anyone who’s been injured in any type of bus accident needs to go ahead and find a trial attorney who has experience in handling bus accidents to represent them, so that that attorney can speak to the insurance company on their behalf. That attorney can speak to opposing counsel on your behalf, and that attorney can guard against certain pitfalls that happen early on in any personal injury case and especially bus accident claims.
If anyone out there has been the victim of a bus accident, please give us a call. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence and have questions about our 3 bus accident tips? Contact the experienced North Augusta bus accident lawyers at Nimmons Malchow Johnson today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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