Buses are a very common way of transport in Louisiana and are used by thousands of people each day. They are a convenient and environmentally friendly way to get about, but traveling by bus does carry a certain element of risk.
Whenever you step onto a bus, your safety relies mostly on the bus driver. We can feel safe and secure, but accidents do happen, and the consequences can be severe, possibly even more so than a typical car accident. There are more victims, more responsible parties, and injuries can potentially be much more dangerous because of the lack of safety equipment like airbags and seat belts.
The types of injuries which can be sustained in bus accidents are cuts and bruises, whiplash, fractures, severe head injuries, injuries resulting in brain damage, paralysis or loss of limbs.
If you have been involved in a bus accident, the first thing you need to do is call 911. Not only could there be a need for medical attention, but the accident needs to be reported so that a police report can be generated documenting the details of the crash. Get checked out by a doctor, even if you do not think your injuries are that severe. In most cases, the bus company will absorb the expense of your medical visit. Make sure to get tests for the back, spine, and head injuries. Often these injuries will not manifest symptoms until days or weeks later when it may already be too late to preserve your rights.
If you can, document what you can at the accident scene. Then, contact an experienced, qualified attorney to help you with your claim. A bus accident claim is likely to be very complex, and you will want to have someone to help you to maximize your recovery.