Know what to do if you are in an accident while taking public transportation
Public transit can be an affordable and convenient way to travel. The American Public Transportation Association reports that public transit use is on the rise with 10.8 billion Americans using public transit in 2014. Companies that provide public transit are considered “common carriers.” Common carriers include:
- Public buses
Since common carriers are responsible for providing safe transportation to so many people, they are held to a higher degree of care than other drivers on the road. They owe their passengers a duty to act reasonably, even more reasonably than other vehicle operators. In every personal injury action, the injured person must prove negligence to show who is at fault. With a higher standard of care imposed on public transit operators, negligence may be more easily proven than in other cases. What might be an acceptable action on the part of a driver may not be acceptable if done by a person operating a bus.
If you are in a public transit accident, you may have sustained injuries and suffered emotional distress. It can be a traumatic experience to witness an accident in which an entire bus full of people may be injured all at once. It is important to know what you should do if you ever find yourself in this situation.
I was in a bus accident. What should I do?
If you were in a bus accident, there are steps you should take to preserve your claim to compensation for the damages you have sustained. These steps are:
- Listen to any emergency response information: The bus driver may give directions for safely exiting the vehicle. Police and other first responders may also have directions for those involved in the crash. Listen to these directions and carefully follow instructions.
- Gather information: After the bus accident, gather as much information about the accident as possible. This includes taking pictures of the accident scene and of any injuries you may have sustained. Get the contact information for other passengers or witnesses to the accident. Try to get a copy of the police accident report as soon as possible.
- Seek medical treatment: It is of the utmost important that you receive medical treatment as soon as possible after the accident. This is the documentation used to prove to the insurance company that you sustained injuries in the crash. You may also need to seek help for mental injuries sustained. Get in touch with a therapist or other mental health professional if you have sustained mental injuries from the trauma of being involved in the public transit accident.
- Contact a personal injury attorney: Public transit injury cases involve complex legal issues. Additionally, the government may be a responsible party and there are special procedures when filing a claim against a government entity.
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Being involved in a public transit accident can be overwhelming. You may have sustained serious injuries. Contact the Philadelphia accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC to discuss your legal avenues of recovering compensation. The attorneys at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC offer more than 40 years of combined experience and unparalleled personal attention. Contact McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC online or call 215-569-8488 today for a free consultation.