If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial or city bus, one of the most important things you need to do is act quickly. Your health and financial future cannot afford to treat a bus accident like any old car wreck. Why?
There are 3 main reasons why you should act quickly after being involved in a bus-related accident
- Preserve Evidence
- Preserve the Facts
- Meet Important Deadlines
After a crash involving a bus, an injured person or their family must act quickly to protect their rights. With larger insurance policies, the bus operators and their insurance representatives will employ their most experienced adjusters and investigators to handle the case. These investigators are fast acting and will often appear at the scene of the accident within hours to gather evidence that can be used to defend their case.
In some cases, these bus accident investigators have arrived at the scene of a bus accident BEFORE law enforcement investigators. When this occurs, evidence can be removed from the scene, lost, or tampered with. Bus drivers can be coached on what to tell police, witnesses often disappear, and other important evidence can be removed, destroyed, or lost.
These insurance company investigators are knowledgeable, and incredibly skilled investigators who will employ a diverse amount of tactics and tricks to try to minimize the damage done by the bus crash. Their primary goal will be to shift the responsibility onto the injured party, making it look like the other person was somehow responsible for the crash instead of the bus driver. Their ONLY job is to reduce the liability of the insurance company, and prevent the insurance company from being responsible for medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repairs, etc.
You or your attorney must also act quickly to get witness statements, including from other drivers, the tow truck driver, bystanders, and even from law enforcement that arrived on the scene first. People move, memories fade, and if you don’t act quickly after a bus accident, these important witnesses may be forever lost.
Preserve the Facts
Because bus crash investigators often arrive at the scene of a bus accident so quickly, it’s important that you have your own team of investigators that are prepared to respond rapidly to ensure that the facts surrounding the crash are preserved.
Failing to have your own team of skilled investigators can lead to inaccuracies in law enforcement crash reports, which often times get important facts wrong which can make it look like the injured victim contributed to the crash. If the bus accident investigator can make it appear that the other driver was even partially at fault, they can often avoid paying the injured person anything at all under Texas law.
There are documented occasions when bus company investigators or their associates have even claimed to be “witnesses” to law enforcement, and have provided statements to the investigating officer that the injured person was to blame for the crash. If these inaccuracies end up in a crash report, it’s important that you have a knowledgeable team on your side to correct the record, and ensure that the investigation is accurate, and not biased towards the bus driver.
Our rapid response team is composed of skilled investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and attorneys who help to ensure that the evidence and facts are preserved after a bus accident.
Important Deadlines & Strict Time Limits (Statute of Limitations)
Texas law dictates that are strict deadlines that apply to injury claims. This means that there is only a limited time during which you can seek compensation for your damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, etc. Also, because many bus accidents fall under federal laws, much shorter deadlines and notice periods may apply. Waiting too long to bring your claim can prevent you from getting the compensation you need to put your life back to the way it was before you were injured.
You Deserve Strong Legal Representation
Busses are generally owned by wealthy corporations or cities and insured by large insurance companies who can afford to hire a team of lawyers to fight against and try to prevent payment to injured victims.
Don’t you also deserve strong legal representation? We believe you do! Call us to learn your rights, get answers to your questions, and discover how to protect your financial future after a bus accident. Call us today at (210) 910-4357 and let us help you protect what matters most in your life.