I Was Just in an Accident on the DART Bus – What Steps Do I Take?
Public transit is a popular mode of commute in and around Des Moines. The last thing we expect when we board a DART or Greyhound bus is to be the victim of an auto accident. Because many passengers use these busses daily, we should hold these transport agencies to a high degree of care when it comes to passenger safety. Unfortunately, the lack of airbags, seat belts, and overcrowded nature of these buses makes them particularly dangerous during a collision.
Most people who have are in a bus accident on a DART or Greyhound are rightfully shocked and do not know how to proceed. Many people assume bus accidents are a rare occurrence, but they happen more often than we would like to imagine. Knowing which steps to take in the immediate aftermath can help alleviate panic if the worst-case scenario ever arises. Steps to follow after a DART accident include:
1. Seek medical attention to treat your injuries
Following a devastating accident, it may be tempting to help other passengers attend to their injuries. However, it is important to treat your own injuries before helping others. With the adrenaline of an auto accident, you may not even realize you have injuries that require immediate attention—especially if they are head and traumatic brain injuries. Because many symptoms are delayed and can be fatal if left untreated, a medic should always clear you before worrying about the safety of others.
2. Collect information
If you are able, you should try to collect as much evidence as possible: pictures of the accident scene, pictures of surrounding debris, evidence of your injuries, witness names and contact information, and the names of the responding officers. This information will be immensely helpful in receiving the restitution that will pay for your medical treatment and reimburse you for lost time at work.
3. Try not to speak to anyone about your injuries or the accident before obtaining counsel
Although speaking to your insurance company right away may be tempting, they will often attempt to use your words against you to stop you from receiving the full amount of coverage for your losses. Of course, you should answer any questions police have, but to ensure you have a chance at obtaining all the restitution you deserve, make sure you have qualified legal counsel before settling.
Contact a DART and Greyhound Accident Attorney
Suffering injuries from a commercial bus accident is a traumatic and confusing ordeal to go through alone. At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our compassionate DART and Greyhound accident attorneys can guide you through the entire process and fight for compensation relating to your medical bills, lost wages at work, and pain and suffering. Reach out to us today at (515) 225-2600 for well-versed representation in your case.