Buses are generally considered a safer mode of transportation than other vehicles mainly due to their massive size. However, buses are not invincible to getting into accidents. When a bus is involved in a collision, it can result in serious injuries to its passengers, who are often not wearing seatbelts.
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, a shuttle bus flipped over on a highway in California’s San Bernardino Mountains. The bus, carrying 22 people, was one of several transporting about 200 women from an annual mountain retreat back to their church. Six people suffered serious injuries and 14 others suffered minor injuries in the accident. The 20 victims were transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
The 2000 El Dorado bus, which was traveling down State Route 330 shortly after 2 p.m., made contact with a Nissan Versa sedan. The accident resulted in a complete shut down of the 16-mile stretch near Highland for several hours. The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the accident.
5 Things You Need To Do After a Bus Accident
Buses are a major mode of transportation for most of us, at least at some point in our lives. Although getting into an accident may be the last thing on our mind when we board a bus, it is important to understand that it can happen. The best way to make sure you know what to do after a bus accident is to know what steps you need to take before getting on a bus.
Our experienced Los Angeles bus accident lawyers recommend victims to take the following five important steps after a bus accident:
- Report the accident. Call 911 and tell the police you were involved in an accident. Do not rely on the bus driver to report the accident.
- Get medical attention. If you have pain or visible injuries, ask to be transported to the emergency room. However, you should still see a doctor even if you think you don’t have serious injuries since certain symptoms may not surface until days after the accident.
- Share information with other passengers on the bus. Exchange phone numbers and addresses.
- Collect evidence. If you are able to do so, take pictures of the scene of the accident.
- Call an experienced bus accident attorney before talking to any insurance agent. The insurance company can and will use your statements to either invalidate or reduce your injury claim.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Bus Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident and have suffered injuries, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles bus accident attorney to help you get the full extent of the compensation that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with personal injury attorney Ghazal Amy Vahdat, please call the Law Offices of Vahdat & Associate at (888) 523-1698.