WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM INJURED ON A BUS?
Many people in Southern California use our buses to get around Los Angeles. This article addresses what to do after a bus accident.
RULES FOR BUS DRIVERSA bus is as a common carrier. As a common carrier, a bus driver must provide the highest degree of safety and care for the passengers. The highest degree means that a driver must follow all the rules of the road.
COMMON CAUSES OF BUS ACCIDENTSEven professional bus drivers break the rules of the road. Common rules violations include:
-Driving under the influence
-Driving while distracted
-Driving while fatigued
-Driving at an unsafe speed
Also, a bus driver is required to inform passengers to buckle up.
Bus companies can be held liable for:
-Failing to train its drivers
-Hiring drivers with lousy driving records
-Failing to post signs to buckle up
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENTYou should immediately report your injuries to the bus driver before you leave the bus. Do not delay. Most bus companies have claim forms that can be filled out. You must insist on providing a written report before you leave. The failure to make a written report will allow the bus company to challenge your injuries. A typical defense strategy is to deny your injury claim if you did not file a claim. Companies use the absence of a claim form as a tactic to avoid paying compensation.
TREATMENTEvery injury is a serious matter. Even a minor event can turn out to be significant. That is why an accident victim should seek medical treatment immediately. Typical medical providers for immediate care include the emergency room or urgent care. Other providers typically seen after a collision include chiropractors or primary care physicians. Specialists, such as Orthopedists or pain management doctors, are commonly seen when the symptoms are more severe.
The treatment plan for whiplash injuries varies depending on the symptoms. A typical plan for sprain injuries includes pain and anti-inflammatory medication, along with a course of physical therapy. The plan can also include diagnostic testing, such as x-rays or MRI, to rule out significant damage to the bones or spine.
Treatment for damaged discs include injections to eliminate pain and inflammation in the spine. Surgery is an option for a damaged disc when conservative treatment fails.
RECOVERYRecovery after a whiplash injury varies from person to person. Recovery depends on the age of the person and the condition of the spine. Strong and healthy spines may recover in 6-8 weeks. Weaker spines take longer to heal. As an example, some victims of a car crash have a degenerative disease of the spine, commonly referred to as arthritis. An arthritic spine is more susceptible to injury and typically takes much longer to heal. In some cases, the spine does not completely heal and becomes a chronic problem.
CONCLUSIONA victim of a car accident should never make assumptions about an injury. The person should seek immediate treatment not only to find out the nature and extent of the injury but for peace of mind. We specialize in motor vehicle collisions at MCIS. Call us for a free consultation about your case.