Have You Been Injured in a Bus AccidentHave you been injured in a bus accident? If this is the case and you were seriously injured, you may have to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in order to be fairly compensated for your injury.
Most people probably regard buses as being one of the safer ways to travel. However, according to a 2010 study, Type of Motor Carrier and Driver History in Fatal Bus Crashes, that was done by the University of Michigans Transportation Research Institute; in an average year on roads in the United States, around 63,000 buses of all kinds are involved in an accident, around 14,000 of those accidents result in a person being injured and 325 of those bring about a fatal injury.
Car accidents can range anywhere from a minor fender bender to a catastrophic collision. The same is also true for a bus accident.
In the same way, car accident injuries range all the way from minor scrapes and scratches to serious, disabling, life-threatening and fatal injuries. Again, this is also true of bus accident injuries.
However, in many instances, bus accident injuries are more serious and severe than car accident injuries. This is due to the huge size of buses, and the fact that most buses do not have any kind of safety restraint or supplemental safety device for its passengers. This means that there are no airbags or seat belts for passengers.
Here are some of the possible injuries that you may sustain in a bus accident. They include:
Severe cuts and bruises
Torn tendons and ligaments
Broken, fractured bones
Traumatic head and brain injuries
Permanent disfigurement or scarring from scrapes, burns or facial fractures.
In addition to physical injuries, you may experience ongoing emotional, psychological problems that result from the bus accident. There is the horror of being helpless and trapped in a bus that has crashed. You are surrounded by other seriously injured passengers. In nightmares, you relive the bus accident again and again. Or, you may not be able to sleep or work, and you experience a great deal of pain and suffering.
The problem with a bus accident is that negotiating an injury settlement or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is not as straightforward as in most other injury cases. For example, if the driver of another vehicle is at fault for the bus accident, you may need to file what is known as a third-party claim.
However, if the bus driver is at fault for the accident, things may be complicated. This is because most buses are run by government bodies, such as public transportation bureaus and school districts. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against a government entity is far more complicated than a usual insurance claim.
Once again, if you have been seriously injured in a bus accident, what you really need to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will fight hard to make sure you get all of the compensation you deserve for your injury.
Article written by James Shugart
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