Bus Accidents are some of the scariest crashes. A bus is a pretty big vehicle and it’s almost impossible to stop suddenly. When a bus crashes not only is the driver at risk, but all of the passengers and any vehicles or pedestrians near by.
According to recent reports, a commercial passenger bus drove off of an interstate highway. The bus then struck a tree and a fence then flipped on its side. It finally came to a stop in a nearby cornfield. There were at least thirty-five people injured in this crash.
Luckily, none of the thirty-five people had “life-threatening” injuries. There were several people who were trapped and had to be cut out of the bus by the firefighters and EMT professionals.
A passenger saw the driver slumped over and was very worried. A woman could be heard screaming, “Wake up! Wake up!”. The passengers thought that the driver might have a medical issue.
Woman Injured in Amtrak Collision
Police state that a woman who was driving a station wagon was injured when she was struck by an outbound Amtrak train in the West Suburban Riverside Area.
Police Chief, Tom Weitzel said that the accident happened at around, two thirty-nine in the evening at the grade crossing on Harlem Avenue.
The woman driving the station wagon was going southbound on Harlem Avenue where she got stuck in traffic and then was trapped on the tracks according to Chief Weitzel.
According to Weitzel, the train had left Chicago and wasn’t scheduled to stop in Riverside. The train struck the front of the Volvo station wagon. The woman and a dog were the only occupants in the car.
The lady was taken to the MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, luckily she had non-life threatening injuries. The dog appeared to be uninjured. There were no other injuries reported.
Delays were reported at a wait time around thirty to sixty minutes. According to the Metra Officials, other trains that were traveling between Aurora and Chicago on the Burlington Northern SanteFe line were stopped because of the accident.
Daniel Gibalevich – Bus Accident Attorney Los Angeles
If you or someone you love is the victim of a bus-related accident, you may be entitled to legal recourse to recover compensation for health or financial damages. Due to lessened safety measures compared to other motor vehicles, it is not uncommon for injuries sustained during significant bus-related accidents to be extreme. Life after a serious accident can be physically and emotionally challenging and navigating the legal process to obtain compensation can be frustrating.
Understanding the Process
The window of time available to take legal action following a bus-related accident is minimal, especially with the convoluted process of filing claims against government and commercially owned bus lines. It essential that your personal injury attorney is experienced with the filing process specific to bus-related accidents within the state of California.
Whether you are the victim of a bus-related accident resulting from negligence on the part of the bus operator or a driver of another motor vehicle, product or manufacturer liability, malicious intent or wrongful death you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and damages. In developing a bus-related personal injury lawsuit, it is important to clearly determine liable participants and the exact cause of the accident.
Common Bus-Related Injuries
Although generally one of the safest transportation options, riders of public transit buses, private bus lines and school buses are occasionally the victims of bus-related accidents with injuries that may include:
- Broken Bones
- Lacerations, Contusions and Abrasions
- Bone Dislocation
- Cosmetic Disfigurement
- Neck and Spinal Injuries
- Traumatic Head Injuries
Recovering Compensation for a Bus-Related Accident
In situations where Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance does not sufficiently cover damages, you may be entitled to full or partial compensation beyond your coverage limitations. At the DAG Law Firm, our expert personal injury attorneys will support you in bringing appropriate legal action against an insurance agency or defendant. Whether you are dealing with an uncooperative commercial or government-owned bus company or an insurance company seeking to limit your total payout for damages, we are committed to obtaining maximum compensation on your behalf. It is important to fully understant your legal situation and our attorneys will guide you in determining whether your bus-related accident is the result of negligence, manufacturer liability, wrongful death or malicious intent. As a victim of a bus-related accident, you may have legal recourse to recover compensation for the following:
- Payment for current and ongoing medical expenses
- Payment for emotional and psychological distress
- Payment for loss of wages and income earning ability
- Payment for pain and suffering
Speak to an Attorney about a Bus-Related Accident
Daniel A. Gibalevich
DAG Law Firm