As car accident lawyers working in one of the busiest urban hubs in the country, our staff knows a thing or two about handling personal injury claims. Every day we fight to protect the rights of injured victims by helping them seek justice for the harm they have suffered due to negligence. In addition to our courtroom advocacy we strive to educate people in and around the Chicago area on issues and road safety tips with the hopes that we can help them avoid being involved in an accident in the first place or at least enable them to properly handle the situation when it does happen.
Bus accident lawsuits don’t always get the same level of publicity as other issues in the realm of auto injury law, and far too many people simply don’t know what to do or where to turn if they are injured while riding a CTA bus, school bus or private charter bus. What follows is a list of tips that our lawyers have come up with to illustrate the best way to handle the aftermath of a bus accident. Following these simple suggestions can make a world of difference for you and your family during a tumultuous time, putting you on the fast track to getting the compensation you need to get back on your feet.
Be Prepared For an Accident-If you don’t have a pen and a pad of paper with you get one; this will be an invaluable tool in documenting important information after a bus accident. You should also have a phone available for calling the authorities or medical personnel in the event of an emergency, and also for taking pictures of any damage for future reference.
Take a Minute to Calm Down and Survey Your Surroundings-When any accident occurred, it is understandable to be shaken up. This feeling is exacerbated in collisions involving mammoth vehicle like CTA buses. Take a minute to calm yourself down, and do a quick check of your surroundings to determine whether you or anyone else is seriously hurt. If this is the case, it is important that you contact medical personnel as soon as possible.
Ensure a Police Report is Filed (And That You Have a Copy)-Document everything that goes on during the event, and make sure this information goes into a police report that you can use later. Before you leave the scene of the accident, ensure that the authorities are aware that you want a copy of the report, and keep it in a personal file to prevent any potential discrepancies in court.
Obtain Work Information-If the driver of the bus was working during the time of the accident, collect all pertinent work information for both him/her and their company.
Contact a Lawyer and Discuss Your Circumstances-Above all, it is essential that you waste no time in calling a lawyer to represent you. If you or someone you know has suffered serious injuries in an Illinois bus accident, contact our lawyers now for a free consultation. We will explore your legal options, and ensure that you are put in the best possible position to win your case.