Bus accidents are serious. If you were hurt in one, you will need to retain the services of a skilled and dedicated Prince George’s County bus accident lawyer today. We are on your side.
How do bus accidents occur?
There are a number of different causes of bus accidents. In some cases, inclement weather conditions or poor road conditions can result in serious accidents. However, in most instances, bus accidents are a direct result of driver negligence. In some cases, the negligence can be on the part of a bus driver, and other times, it can be on the part of other drivers on the road. Some examples of the most common types of bus driver negligence include the following:
- Sudden stops and starts
- Unsafely releasing passengers
- Failing to account for large blind spots before merging/changing lanes
- Failing to use the brakes on time
- Driving while fatigued, under the influence, or distracted
- Ignoring traffic lights/signs
What steps should I take after the accident?
If a bus crashes, there is a very high likelihood that multiple passengers will face serious injuries. As an injured passenger, after calling 911 to the scene of the accident, you should ask all other passengers for their contact information. You should also take plenty of photos and videos of the scene of the accident and your injuries if you are able to do so. Once you are taken to a hospital and treated, make sure you get a copy of all medical documentation regarding your injuries. Finally, you should obtain the services of a skilled Prince George’s County auto accident lawyer who can fight for the compensation you deserve and need to move forward.
What is a Notice of Claim?
Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is generally three years, this is not the case when an accident occurs on property owned by a municipality or government. Many times, bus companies are owned by the state, and if you were injured on public transportation, you will only have one year from the date of the accident to file a Notice of Claim. Our legal team is ready to assist you today and ensure that you obtain the compensation you need to heal.
Contact Our Firm
At McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P., our legal team has a strong focus on litigation that seeks just and fair compensation for victims of another party’s negligence. If you need a Prince George’s County personal injury lawyer that handles cases in Maryland, Washington D.C., or Virginia, our firm has the resources and knowledge needed to take a case as far as necessary, including to the U.S. Supreme Court. If you suffered an injury or loss because of another person’s negligence, contact us today.