I’ve been asked, “What do you look for to hire the best attorney to help you with your bus accident case?” This is, perhaps, the most important decision that you can make along the way. Find an attorney who is willing to take your case to trial, and who has the experience litigating these cases all the way to trial. Insurance companies know which attorneys will settle the case before going to trial and which of them are willing to take it all the way to a jury verdict.
That’s because they know which attorneys are willing to go the distance and they actually may give you a better settlement result without even having to go to trial, because they know the attorney is willing to go the distance. Don’t hire a general practitioner. Don’t assume just because you see this person’s name on a billboard all over town throughout Florida that they’re the best person. Having advertising dollars does not mean the best outcome for you.
Mistakes to Avoid After a Bus Crash
One of the biggest mistakes clients make is that they don’t let anybody know that they’ve been injured. That’s probably the first thing that happens. You need to tell the bus driver, EMT, or law enforcement that you’ve been injured in a bus accident. Tell the person around you. Take photographs with your cell phone if you can. The next mistake would be turning away the ambulance. You should go to the hospital and make sure you get checked out. Even if you feel okay, you may not be okay.
The most serious mistake a person can make in a bus accident claim is they don’t hire the right attorney. It’s important that you hire an attorney who has experience and who’s willing to take the case from the very beginning all the way to a jury verdict. Don’t delay hiring that attorney because evidence begins to evaporate and witnesses memories begin to fade. Evidence by its very nature tends to dry up. It’s important that you hire an attorney at the very beginning, at the earliest opportunity.
Filing a Bus Accident Claim
You may be asking yourself, “What are the steps that we need to take to file a bus accident claim?” We’ve got to do our investigation like we would do any investigation. You need to get your medical care and treatment which is first and foremost and you need to make sure that you’re following all the steps of your doctors. We need to be going out there and getting photographs of the vehicles, preserving evidence of the scene of the accident, and conferring with the entity that owns the bus company to make sure that if there’s any video on the bus that’s being preserved. If there is a vehicle black box, or event data recorder, we need to make sure that our letters go out to that company to make sure that electronic information is being preserved.
Those are all the steps that we’re going to take initially. Once we understand the dynamics of what happened, and we understand who failed to use reasonable care under the circumstances in causing that accident to occur, then from there we’re going to be putting your medical information together in a comprehensive demand to the at-fault party and their insurance company to ensure that you indeed receive your full and fair compensation.
Bus Accident Insurance Investigation
You may be wondering whether it is okay, after a bus accident, to talk to the insurance company or the attorney who was representing the entity that operated the bus. The answer is, without exception, absolutely not. You do not want to talk to an insurance company or the attorney for the other side. They are not your friend. They have one goal, and that is to settle the claim as quickly as possible for the least amount of money.
The best thing that you can do is get medical attention. Number two, make sure that everybody that you come in contact with knows that you were involved in that bus accident; not just the law enforcement, but the EMT, and the bus driver. Number three, do not delay getting an experienced trial advocate who can help you prosecute that claim.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a crash in Florida and have questions about your bus accident? Don’t ruin your bus accident case before it even begins!
Contact our dedicated Tampa Bay bus accident attorneys at Perenich Law Injury Attorneys today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation.
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