Victims of New Jersey bus accidents may seek financial compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses from the at-fault bus driver and the bus company. Unfortunately, it is common for victims to have their claims denied and for insurance companies to cut corners by offering inadequate settlements. To protect your rights, here are a few tips you may wish to consider in the event you or a loved one is injured in a bus accident.
Any time there is an injury accident involving a bus, there should be a police report on the incident. It is important that your name is on the police report showing your involvement in the incident. It would be in your best interest to write down the location and time of the crash. It would also be a good idea to write down as much information as possible including the name of the bus driver, the bus company, the identification number of the bus, and the common carrier insurance information. If you have a cell phone with a camera, be sure to take pictures of where you were sitting, the damage to the bus, the crash site, and even of your own auto accident injuries.
It will also be in your best interest to seek immediate medical attention. Your medical records will serve as evidence of when you were injured and how severe your injuries were. During the healing process, journal your struggles, how you felt, and what you could or could not do as a result of your injuries.
Last, but not least, it is crucial that you contact an experienced lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected. A skilled Princeton bus accident attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein knows how to hold bus companies and bus drivers accountable for the injuries and damages they cause. If you have been injured in a New Jersey bus accident, please call our offices today at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.