Getting help after a bus accident is important. Not only will you need medical care, but you will also eventually need a police report for your accident and help from an experienced attorney if you want to get your damages covered.
After an IndyGo bus accident, the first thing to do is call 911 and get yourself to a safe location. When the police and EMTs respond, speak with the officer and give them any information they need about the accident. Also, seek medical treatment if needed and follow all medical advice. In the days after the accident, get a copy of the police report and call a lawyer for help filing injury claims.
If you are dealing with injuries after an accident, call the Indianapolis bus accident lawyers at Wruck Paupore for a free case review. You can reach us at (219) 322-1166.
If you were involved in a bus accident, there are steps you should take immediately after the crash to get yourself the help you need and start building a case against the at-fault driver. Note that some of these steps might look a bit different depending on whether you were riding in the bus at the time of the accident or you were in another vehicle or hit while walking on foot.
If you were in a damaged or overturned bus, getting to safety is important. Get out of the bus and get yourself to a safe place like the sidewalk as soon as you can. If you were in another car and your vehicle was left in the middle of the road after the crash, you should also move it to the side of the road to avoid any secondary crashes.
You should immediately dial 911 and ask for both a police response and an ambulance. If any vehicles are on fire, request a fire department response, too.
If anyone was injured, having an ambulance there will be vital to ensuring that these injured people get the help they need. Multiple ambulances might be needed if the accident involved injuries to many passengers.
A police response will also be important, as the officer will be needed to write up a report of the accident. Additionally, if any of the drivers were drunk, belligerent, or committing any ticketable offenses, the police will be able to issue citations or make arrests. Our South Bend bus accident lawyers can later use those convictions to help prove fault in your case.
If you were severely injured, you might need to leave the scene of the crash and go to the hospital. Your first priority should be your health and safety, so follow all recommendations from the EMTs and ER personnel. Also, follow recommendations for additional follow-up care in the days after the crash.
If you are able to stay at the scene of the crash, the EMTs might still recommend seeking follow-up care later, so follow those recommendations as well.
Getting medical care will not only help you on your road to recovery, but it will also create documentation of your accident and your injuries. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers can use the medical records as proof of when and how the injuries happened, as well as proof of how severe your injuries were.
Take as many notes as you can after an accident. Write down notes or record audio/video of yourself to keep track of things like the weather and road conditions, the location of the crash, the time the crash happened, and what vehicles were involved. Get contact info and driver’s license info for every driver involved in the accident. Additionally, get contact info for witnesses and passengers – both those involved in the accident and those who might have been standing by when the crash happened.
Additionally, try to note whether there were any storefronts or ATMs in the area. These often have security cameras that our Indiana personal injury attorneys might be able to get footage from to help prove how your crash happened.
If you can take photos of the accident scene, any vehicle damage, and any obvious injuries, do so. This can help prove what happened and how bad the accident was.
After you have recovered from the initial shock and injuries of your accident, you may have a long way to go in your physical recovery. Make sure to continue following medical advice and keep copies of your medical records to help keep track of the damages and expenses you faced.
Sometime in the weeks following your crash, the police report should become available. You should get a copy of this report, which you can typically do online. If you need help, our injury lawyers can help you get a copy of the report and review it with you as part of a free case review.
More importantly, in the days and weeks after a crash, the damages and expenses of the accident might begin catching up with you. You may be entitled to file a claim against the at-fault driver and IndyGo itself to get you the damages you need. Often, damages are limited in claims against government entities, but our Indianapolis bus accident attorneys can nonetheless fight to get you fair damages from the at-fault drivers and the bus company. The time to notify government entities of a potential injury claim is also much shorter than against private parties, so it is important that you follow legal requirements as soon as possible. Call us to get started.
If you faced injuries in an IndyGo bus accident, call Wruck Paupore today for help with your case. Our Hammond, IN personal injury lawyers, can help you collect evidence and file claims for your damages. Call us at (219) 322-1166 for a free case evaluation.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.