A bus accident can be very scary and can lead to horrible and permanent injuries. If you’ve been harmed by a bus in Pennsylvania, here are five steps that you need to take immediately:
1. Move Away From the Bus As Quickly As Possible
The first thing that you should do in the event of an accident involving a bus is to move away from the bus as quickly as possible, particularly if the accident involved another vehicle or object. In the event that any gas is leaking from the bus, a fire or explosion could occur, so keeping a safe distance is key.
2. Seek Medical Attention
If the accident that you were involved in resulted in harm, seek medical attention immediately. If your injuries are severe, make sure you or another person calls 911 as soon as possible. If your injuries are minor, have a friend or family member drive you to the hospital as soon as you can.
3. Talk to Police Offers About the Accident
As soon as you are well enough to talk, you need to give your account of the accident to the police. Having a police record on file that includes your testimony can be important when attempting to recover damages later. Additionally, the police can inform you of any other important accident details that may be essential later.
According to the Pennsylvania State Police’s website, you can obtain a copy of your accident report by mailing a request and a check for $22 to the Pennsylvania State Police office.
4. Keep a Record of All Your Damages
If you’ve suffered any damages to person or property, you need to keep a thorough record of those damages. These damages may include medical expenses, vehicle repairs, health and injury reports from your doctor, appointments with mental health specialists, and anything else relevant to the harm you’ve suffered.
5. Hire an Attorney
The final thing that you should do in the event of an accident involving a bus that causes you harm is to contact a personal injury attorney. If you decide to file a personal injury claim for damages, Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Section 5524 only provides two years to do so, so it’s important that you call the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC today. We can help you determine who’s liable and file your claim for damages. You can reach our offices for a free legal consultation today at 215-642-2335.