If you’re a person who makes use of the public transport system a lot, it’s important for you to know what to do if you get hurt in an accident while you’re in a public transport vehicle. Imagine being on a bus that’s already packed tight and trying to balance yourself as the bus takes numerous twists and turns on the road. What if the driver becomes careless for just a moment or if the driver of another vehicle breaks the traffic signal, and you get hurt badly? You can always get compensation in such cases but you must know how to go about it.
You cannot sue the driver of the vehicle that you’re traveling in if the accident did not occur because of his negligence or fault. On the other side, if the accident which caused you injury is because of the fault of the driver, you can sue the driver or the transit authority even if you don’t know any of them personally. In situations where you don’t know if the driver of your vehicle or the driver of another vehicle is guilty, you will most likely be suing the City. In most of the states in North America, the City owns the public transit vehicles and it is responsible for any accidents caused by them.
If the accident occurred due to the driving mistakes of another driver or if he has the majority of the fault in the accident, you can sue the insurer of that driver. If the driver doesn’t have an insurer, you can approach the Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act. In such a case you will be the nominal defendant. Remember, that the rules and laws may vary according to your state. Make sure that you know what they are for which you can approach a personal injury attorney.
Try to record pictures and videos after the accident occurred so that you will have enough proof. Convince the driver of your vehicle to stop the vehicle so that you can call the police. A police record is very important in getting the insurance claim. Also, try to get the contact information of a few fellow passengers who would help you by being eye-witnesses of the accident. Even if the driver refuses to stop the vehicle, inform the police and tell them which vehicle you’re in.
A personal injury attorney will help you with the compensation money that you will have to get since you suffered an injury and medical expenses because of someone else’s fault. Since you are trying to sue another person or an establishment like the transit authority, it is best to seek help from a law firm so that you will not be clueless in your fight for justice. Also, you will be exhausted physically and mentally after getting hurt in an accident. This will leave you with little energy to research on things and roam around to file an insurance claim.