Injured On Public Transit? 5 Steps to Take to Get Compensated For Your Injuries

When you climb on board public transit, whether it’s a bus, train, subway, or other form of transportation provided for the public, you probably don’t give much thought to who’s running the system. You also don’t think about your own safety. You just consider it a convenience that you rely on, and perhaps you grumble about it running late, or being too crowded, or needing to be updated. The truth is that you shouldn’t need to worry about safety – the agencies that run public transit are held to a higher standard of safety because they are responsible for carrying passengers, and that means that they are expected to exercise the highest degree of care to ensure that nobody gets hurt. When accidents do happen and you are injured on public transit, it is important that you do the right thing to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve for the injuries you’ve suffered. The attorneys at Wallace Law can help.

There are important differences between being injured on public transit and being injured by an accident involving a private citizen, and because of those differences there are special procedures and processes that you need to follow in order to make sure that you get compensated. Here are 5 steps you need to follow:

1. If at all possible, gather names and contact information from your fellow passengers or any witnesses to the accident at the scene of the accident. Make sure to take photographs so that you can refresh your memory and use them as proof of what you saw.
2. Do not answer any questions about your injuries or make any statements to anybody from the bus company. Refer them to your personal injury attorney. Statements that may seem innocent can be used against you to disprove your injury claim.
3. Make sure that you are working with an experienced personal injury attorney who has extensive experience in representing those who have been injured on public transit.
4. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think that you’re okay, many injuries that are not apparent to you may show up in ways that are evident to healthcare professionals. Plus, it is important to have medical records and receipts for care you received.
5. Document everything, and make sure that you know about the deadlines for filing claims. Your attorney can help you make sure that you have submitted all claims in time to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Filing a personal injury claim against a public transit agency will provide you with compensation for any medical bills that you had to pay as a result of your injuries. It also can provide you with money to make up for days that you lost from work, as well as any pain and suffering you may have suffered. The attorneys at Wallace Law have a record of successfully representing those who have been injured on public transit, and we can help you as well. Call us today to set up a free consultation.