Thousands of people across Massachusetts ride the bus on a daily basis. Buses are used for commuting to and from work, and for transporting our children to and from school. Although buses are an economical form of transportation, the number of bus accidents across the United States has been rising steadily along with the increased in use of public transportation. Unfortunately, these accidents can often lead to significant personal injuries, or even death.
Important Factors in Bus Accident Cases
Bus accidents can involve many different scenarios and create a lot of questions for victims of these accidents. First, whose fault was the accident? Often times, passengers on buses spend their time reading, listening to music and even sleeping. It?s important to find out how the accident happened, if there were any witnesses, and if the police investigated the accident. This can be particularly difficult if you were injured in the accident and had to be transported from the scene by ambulance.
Another important question involves the owner and operator of the bus. Was the bus a school bus or MBTA bus? Was it a private bus or a passenger van such as The Ride? The answers to these questions will often determine what type of insurance coverage you have for medical bills, lost wages or replacement services. Generally speaking, however, victims of bus accidents are entitled to personal injury protection benefits of up to $8,000 through insurance carrier of the bus. Sometimes, however, buses will be self insured or will have different insurance coverage because they are registered out of state.
Were You Injured in a Bus Accident?
So what should you do if you are injured in a bus accident? The most important step is always to seek appropriate medical treatment. Your health and your ability to support your family, whether working outside of the house or at home, is always the first priority. Your next step should be to protect your rights and speak to a bus accident attorney. You may or may not have a claim, but knowing your rights in these situations is vital. You likely will need to know who will pay your medical bills and/or lost wages. What do you do if you have long-term or permanent injuries? Can you recover for the pain and suffering you?ve gone through?
At Keches Law Group, P.C., our attorneys have the experience and dedication to pursue bus accident claims the right way. We are caring and aggressive, and we have handled bus accident cases across the state. We have decades of experience dealing with insurance companies and litigating bus accident cases to recover for medical bills, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering. Our attorneys understand how much a bus accident can affect your life and the people that depend on you. We are here to listen, to guide you through this difficult time, and to aggressively advocate for your rights.