To prove a bus driver at fault for a mass transit bus crash, whether you are a passenger or driver of another vehicle, you will need to gather official evidence from the police, compile your medical and property bills, and hire a bus crash attorney to be sure your rights are upheld against the bus company.
Gather Police Reports
Police reports are one of the greatest sources of evidence in bus injury claims. If the bus driver was believed to be speeding, driving negligently, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a police report will likely detail that.
If you can, also obtain Breathalyzer or blood test results from the bus driver. If either shows alcohol or drug use, liability will be easy to prove. You have the right to copies of any police reports regarding your crash. Just call the local police department that responded to the accident and file a request, or fill out the form online.
Talk to Key Witnesses
Another way to prove the fault of the bus driver is through the testimony of key witnesses. If there was anyone around—on the bus, a pedestrian, another driver—that can testify to the negligent actions of the bus driver, get his or her name and contact information.
Examples of negligence to which other people may be able to include the following.
- Performing illegal maneuvers
- Driving while distracted
Get Medical Evidence
Not only will you have to prove that the bus driver’s actions caused the accident, you’ll also have to prove that the crash was the cause of your injuries.
To do prove the crash caused your injuries (and they weren’t pre-existing), make sure you collect all medical evidence related to your wounds.
- Therapy recommendations
- Any other relevant doctors’ notes
Speak to an Attorney
To help you gather all of the evidence and testimony that you need to prove fault and recover your full damages amount, talk to an attorney. An attorney can do the legal detective work for you and ensure that your claim is filed in time. These are just two of the things that will be instrumental in negotiating a fair settlement amount.
Don’t wait any longer to take action after a bus accident caused by a negligent driver. Remember, you only have two years in Pennsylvania to file a personal injury claim. To take action today, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 now.