Bus Crash Results In Injuries
Dozens of passengers suffered injuries when a University of Maryland commuter bus careened into a light pole on Route 1 in Prince George’s County. While none of the injuries appeared to be serious at first glance, many of the passengers were understandably shaken by the event.
What to Do in this Kind of Event
This incident serves as a reminder of what you should do if you are ever in similar circumstances:
1- Call 911 to report the accident and any injuries.
2- Check yourself for injuries, and if you’re ok, see if anyone else needs help.
3- Never move injured persons unless they are in immediate danger; provide first aid if necessary, before EMTs arrive.
4- If you’re uncomfortable providing first aid care, consider talking calmly with others to help keep the lid on panic.
5- Help uninjured individuals move away from the bus to a safer location if possible.
6- Warn others to eliminate fire hazards like cigarettes.
7- When it’s safe to do so, begin gathering witness names/contact information and evidence (such as photos) that may be necessary later.
8- Stay at the scene until police release you or provide transport elsewhere.
Who’s Liable for Your Injuries?
Determining who’s responsible for the accident is essential in any personal injury case. Was the bus poorly maintained, leading to a brake malfunction or other issue? If the vehicle was not regularly inspected and cared for, the bus company, or even the manufacturer, could be liable for malfunctions. Was the bus driver distracted, inebriated, or otherwise negligent? The driver may hold some liability. Had the bus driver been properly vetted and trained? If not, the company that hired them bears some responsibility. Did some other driver crash into the bus? That person may be guilty of negligence or recklessness.
What Can a Personal Injury Lawsuit Do for You?
If you have suffered long-term or serious injuries as a result of a bus accident, there is a chance you could recoup damages from the party at fault. Not only do you stand to be reimbursed for medical bills related to your injuries; you may also be able to collect for lost wages due to an inability to work, for costs associated with services you typically handled yourself prior to the incident (such as child care, lawn care, and so forth), and even pain and suffering.
Fighting for You
At the Law Office of Hasson D. Barnes, our experienced Baltimore personal injury attorneys are prepared to take charge of an investigation to determine liability, and then pursue the best possible settlement for you. To discuss, schedule a confidential consultation in our office today.