Bus accidents either involve passengers hurt inside or outside the bus, or third parties struck by a bus. No matter which category fits your situation, bus accidents leave devastation in their wake. You may face a long recuperation, considerable time lost from work, or perhaps the inability to hold your current job because of your injuries. Of course, the worst-case scenario is losing a loved one due to the bus accident.
A dedicated Gretna bus accident attorney at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Click Bart First, Call Bart First™
Common Carrier Doctrine
Under Louisiana’s Common Carrier Doctrine, buses and other forms of public transportation are held to a higher standard than the average car and driver. When it comes to negligence, “reasonable care” is required of the ordinary driver. The common carrier standard is the “highest degree” of care. That means a bus driver should not take any risks while transporting passengers, because those entrusting themselves to a common carrier should never find themselves in avoidable danger.
Bus Accident Injuries
Because buses are not required to have the restraints available in automobiles, passengers inside the bus at the time of the crash do not have the same protections found in smaller vehicles. Serious injuries or fatalities may occur because the person was ejected from the bus. Common bus accident injuries include:
Some of these injuries are catastrophic, which means the person will never fully recover and must live with a permanent impairment, all due to another party’s negligent or reckless actions.
What to Do After a Bus Accident
If possible, use your phone to take photos and videos of the accident scene. Record or write down your memories of the collision right away, while all the details are still fresh in your mind.
Always seek medical attention immediately after a bus accident, even if you do not think you were hurt. Many soft-tissue injuries, such as whiplash, may not become apparent for a day or two, but it is critical to provide documentation that your injury resulted from the accident.
Keep careful records of all medical expenses relating to the accident, including the cost of transportation to and from healthcare providers. Do the same for the amount of wages lost while unable to work.
Because the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is just one year from the accident date, it is critical for your case that a lawyer begin an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident right away. Such an investigation will reveal which parties are liable for causing the accident, and your attorney can hold these entities accountable.
Contact Gretna Bus Accident Lawyers
When you or a loved one suffer serious injuries from a bus accident, you need expert legal representation. A bus accident lawyer at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers will help you every step of the way. Schedule a free consultation by contacting us through the online form or calling or texting 24/7. Most bus accident cases are settled, but we do not hesitate to take your case to court if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement. There is never a fee unless we win. You’re Smart. Get Bart.™