Many individuals regularly use public transportation. Passengers entrust bus companies and bus drivers to uphold a reasonable duty of care to ensure their safety. However, many people entrust their safety to the wrong parties. Bus companies and bus drivers must maintain safe conditions to prevent injuries and accidents. Bus companies are responsible for regularly running maintenance checks as well as making necessary repairs when needed. Bus drivers must comply with the rules of the road. If both parties act negligently they may be held liable for any accidents or injuries that occur as a result. Negligence on the road can have devastating consequences. If you have been injured in a bus accident, contact a qualified Prince George’s County Bus Accident Lawyer who can help you investigate and gather evidence to prove your claim.
What to do after a bus accident?
The steps an individual takes after being injured in a bus accident are crucial. Taking the right steps can help prove negligence caused an individual’s injuries. To back up their claim, individuals should:
- Call 911. Injured individuals should seek immediate medical attention. By calling 911 an ambulance will be dispatched to your location to transport you to a hospital. Medical professionals will be able to properly treat your injuries. An accident report should be filed with the police.
- Contact information. In bus accidents, many occupants are inflicted with significant injuries. Individuals should gather contact information from other passengers as well as any witnesses who observed the incident taking place. A witness can corroborate the claim.
- Take photographs and videos of the scene. If you can, snap photos and film the scene of the accident. This could help back up the claim being made, especially if an injury was caused by a visible hazard. Individuals may take photos of their injuries to prove the extent and origin of the damages.
- Retain the services of a skilled Prince George’s County Bus Accident Lawyer. Injured individuals must contact one of our qualified and adept team members. Our firm is committed to helping our clients recover fair compensation for their economic and non-economic losses. We can help you gather evidence that supports your claims.
How long do I have to file a Notice of Claim?
In Maryland, injured individuals have one year from the date of the injury to file a Notice of Claim. Typically, victims would have three years to file a Notice of Claim, however, buses are owned by a municipality. This means they are usually government property. When a bus is owned by the state victims must file a claim within a year from the date the accident occurred. If a victim fails to file within that deadline, they will be barred from ever doing so.
In the unfortunate event that you or someone you care about has been injured in a bus accident, get in touch with one of our trusted and knowledgeable team members. Our firm is committed to helping our clients take action against negligent parties to seek the justice they deserve.