Bus Accident Attorneys in Burbank
Fighting for Your Right to Justice & Compensation
If you have been injured in a bus accident, we recommend you take the following steps:
- First and most importantly, you should seek professional medical care immediately. By visiting a licensed doctor, you can treat your injuries and help detect any underlying injuries as well. Many injuries, such as internal bleeding and concussions, do not make themselves apparent until hours or even days after the accident. Also, a doctor will officially document the full extent of your injuries, giving you invaluable supporting evidence.
- Second, you should compile as much information about the accident as possible. Whenever you have the time, write down notes about the accident while the details are still at the forefront of your mind. If there were witnesses to the accident, make sure you get their personal and contact information. Also, you should take videos and photographs of the scene of the accident when it is safe to do so.
- Lastly, contact a bus accident lawyer in Burbank right away. An attorney can inform you of your rights and best available legal options as well as fight for your best interests. Insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible, which is why it is important to have strong representation by your side. An experienced attorney can ensure you are not taken advantage of and will help you get the compensation you deserve.
I was a passenger riding a bus when there was an accident between the bus and another car. Do I have any rights against the bus company for my injuries?
Possibly. Common carriers like bus companies are in a special relationship with their passengers and must use “utmost care and diligence” for their passengers’ safety. The common carrier’s duty commences when its passengers begin boarding and continues until their departure. If the bus company failed to exercise “utmost care and diligence” and you were harmed as a result, then you may have a claim against the bus company.
What should I do if I get a call from the bus company or its insurance company?
You are not legally required to speak with the bus company or their insurance company, and it is highly recommended that you do not. Insurance companies are always trying to minimize the amount they pay out. As a result, they will try to use everything you say to them against you in the future. It is in your best interests to have an attorney communicate with them so that you do not accidentally incriminate yourself. A skilled lawyer will also know when an insurance company is offering an undervalued payout, thereby potentially maximizing the amount you receive.
The bus company’s insurance adjuster is asking for my recorded statement, what should I do?
You are not legally required to give any type of statement to the bus company or their insurance company, recorded or otherwise. Almost every time, insurance companies use these “conversations” as an excuse to push blame onto the injured victims so they can minimize their payout. They will ask confusingly worded or leading questions to try and force you to accidentally incriminate yourself, even if you are completely free of any blame. You should politely decline and give them your attorney’s information instead. A lawyer can protect your rights and ensure you are not taken advantage of.
If I think the accident between my car and the bus was my fault, should I say so?
No. You should never admit fault in an accident. That’s because the other party could be completely to blame even if you think you may have done something wrong. You should cooperate with the law enforcement officers in their investigation but just remember that everything you say can and will be used against you in the future.
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