Bus accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and death due to the sheer weight, size, and speed of a private or public bus. As a pedestrian, bicyclist, passenger, or another vehicle driver, it’s imperative that you find an Allegheny County bus accident attorney who understands the complexities of these case types. The exceptional legal team at SMT Legal has the experience needed to help you win your claim.
In Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas, Port Authority runs 98 bus lines with a vast number of commuters traveling daily. Public bus accidents bring unique challenges that your attorney needs to understand in order to help you obtain the maximum recovery amount for your injuries. At SMT Legal, we have much experience fighting Port Authority with excellent results.
What to Do After a Bus Accident
After a bus accident, many passengers panic. Don’t let yourself be one of them. Keep your head and follow these tips to guide you through this distressing experience:
- First, get medical attention for you and your loved ones.
- Get a form from your bus driver to report any injuries.
- Get the contact information of any witnesses to the incident.
- Gather necessary information including license plate info of other involved vehicles, the bus driver’s name, the bus number and route, and the place the accident occurred.
- Photograph the scene of the accident.
- When you’re seen at the ER or your doctor’s office, be sure to explain all of your injuries.
Other Bus Accident Types
While Port Authority is the most common carrier in Pittsburgh, there are other bus companies in Pennsylvania including Greyhound and school buses. No worries. SMT Legal handles these cases as well.
In a bus accident case, the most important aspect needed to win is proof of negligence. You’ll need to prove that the bus driver/company was negligent in a way that caused your injuries. You can do this by showing that the driver was unreasonably careless or breached safety laws.
If the bus driver was negligent in the crash, he or she, as well as the employing entity, are potentially liable for your injuries. Other parties that may be responsible for your losses could be the driver of another vehicle that strikes the bus causing the crash, or the manufacturer that allowed defective parts to be placed in public transit which in turn creates the dangerous situation.
Why You Need an Allegheny County Bus Accident Attorney
It’s incredibly important to have a lawyer in place to protect your rights immediately after a bus accident. Your legal team will need to investigate the accident in order to give you the best chances at recovery, and this is always easiest when the scene is fresh. While the accident may seem straight-forward, there are often factors that can affect liability such as roadway design or what transit company owns the vehicle. SMT Legal will dive deep into the facts to help you achieve maximum results.
Why You Should Choose SMT
The number one answer to this is because we understand what it takes to win a bus accident case. We investigate every detail and aren’t afraid to take the claim to court. In a bus accident case, the most important aspect needed to win is proving the defendant was negligent in a manner that caused your injuries. The legal team at SMT Legal has the experience needed to prove liability through negligence. We fully investigate your claim, leaving no stone unturned, so we can prove unreasonable carelessness or a safety law breach.