What to do if you’ve Been Injured in a Georgia Charter Bus Accident
Charter buses, while a convenient and beneficial transportation choice for millions of Americans, are nonetheless vehicles that can be involved in auto accidents. In some cases a bus can strike a pedestrian who walks out from behind a parked vehicle, or, other times a bus driver may start moving the bus before all the passengers are seated, causing a passenger to fall. Bus drivers may also be driving distracted, or texting on their phone instead of watching the road. In some cases, another car swerves into the bus or pulls out in front of it, causing the bus passengers to sustain serious injuries. Whatever the reason for a bus accident, it can be difficult for the injured passengers to receive compensation, since the defendant will likely be a large corporation.
Who's Responsible for Your Bus Accident?
Because it can be complex to determine who is responsible for your bus crash injuries, it is doubly important to hire a reputable personal injury attorney at Montlick & Associates. An experienced attorney will understand the importance of identifying the responsible party as soon as possible. It could be that the bus company is responsible because they sent a faulty or defective bus out on the road, hired an unqualified driver, or failed to properly implement accepted safety procedures. The bus company may have an independent company who maintains the buses that could be responsible for negligent maintenance practices. If the negligence or recklessness of another driver on the road caused your accident, then that driver can be held liable. Finally, the manufacturer of the bus or its parts could be held responsible if it was a defective part that caused the accident.
Steps to Take Following a Bus Accident
Just as in a regular car crash, you need to make sure you receive prompt medical attention following the accident. The bus driver or bus occupants will usually call for an ambulance and transport any passengers to the hospital who are in need of medical attention. Make sure you are checked for head, back and spinal injuries. Once your medical needs have been attended to, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Montlick & Associates. Our attorneys can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened and advise you on what steps your can take to protect your legal rights.
Make a record of all the information surrounding your bus accident, including names, numbers and addresses of all those involved as well as any possible witnesses. Keep careful notes regarding insurance information, and don't talk to anybody regarding the accident other than the police and your attorney. Any statement, no matter how innocent, made to an insurance company representative or investigator could make it much more difficult to obtain a fair settlement. In the same vein, do not sign anything without first speaking with an attorney, no matter how much pressure you are being put under. You could inadvertently be signing crucial rights away, so be sure to discuss any paperwork with your attorney as soon as possible.
Selecting Your Personal Injury Attorney
The lawyer you choose must be experienced in navigating state and federal laws, and must know how to pursue all potential sources of liability, whether with the manufacturer of the bus, the bus company, the driver, a driver of another vehicle, or the mechanic who failed to properly make repairs.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
Do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 35 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.
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