Chances are you’ve woken up from a fun night saying that you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus. While you may say this in jest and possibly in regret of the previous night, it’s unlikely you mean it literally.
However, accidents do happen and if you live in an area that offers buses for transportation, there is a chance you can be hit by one. It definitely won’t be as fun as waking up and remembering a party, but there are a few things you can do to make the experience less painful.
Keep reading for the 5 things you need to do immediately if you’re hit or injured by a bus!
Move Out of the Street
If you can move, get out of the street quickly. This is important to do because other vehicles may not have seen the accident and keep moving.
Keep the Driver at the Scene
Even if you feel like you’re not injured, the driver of the bus should not leave the scene. In fact, if there are any witnesses, as them to stick around as well.
Having everyone available for statements will make reporting the incident far easier. Also, if it turns out you have an injury and the driver is at fault, having his information will make your life much easier.
Call the Police
Again, even if you do not feel injured or like you’re in pain, you should call the police. A large moving object just struck you, and while you may have been lucky, someone else might not have been.
Having the police investigate the incident will ensure that the driver isn’t at fault. If he is at fault, chances are he is getting a ticket or jail time.
When the police arrive, be sure that your statement is included in their reports.
Seek Medical Attention
Regardless as to how you feel after your accident, see a doctor immediately. A standard transit bus can weigh anywhere between 30,000 and 44,000 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to slam into your body and that weight can cause a lot of unseen damage.
Not only could there be unseen damage, you will likely have adrenaline pumping through your veins which will desensitize you to pain. This fact alone could make a trip to the emergency room worth it.
After you’ve had a chance to calm your nerves and sort through things mentally, consider calling a personal injury attorney. If an injury occurred, this step is important regardless of who the police said was at fault.
An attorney will know the best route to take to ensure medical bills stay current and lost wages paid.
Hit by a Bus–Your Quality of Life
Most people don’t like the idea of starting a lawsuit just to make money. However, after you’ve been hit by a bus, money is usually not the issue–the quality of life is.
If the accident described sounds familiar, consider your health, your ability to care for your home and children, and the ability to do the things you love. Having any of these important parts of your life affected is just cause for an attorney.
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