What Do I Do If I Was In An Accident With A Greyhound Bus?
Greyhound Lines, Inc. is one of the largest bus operators in the country. Their buses travel many different routes on a daily basis. Unsurprisingly, Greyhound buses are frequently involved in accidents because of dangerous road conditions, driver negligence, or by being hit by another vehicle. Sadly, such accidents may be catastrophic and cause serious injuries or even death to passengers and other divers alike.
Regardless of the reason for the accident, if you were in an accident involving a Greyhound bus, the experienced team at Kiefer & Kiefer can help you navigate the process for seeking justice and compensation for your injuries. From the claims process through potential litigation, Kiefer & Kiefer is prepared to represent your interests against all responsible parties.
What To Do If I Was Hit By A Greyhound Bus?
If you were in a motor vehicle accident with a Greyhound bus while driving your own vehicle, the claims process is similar to any other car accident. Depending on the severity of the accident, Greyhound may send a risk adjuster to the scene, or the driver may make a report and take statements from passengers.
Immediately after the accident, you should:
- Call 911 to report the accident.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident, the damage to the vehicles, and the identification information on the bus.
- Request report information from the driver or risk adjuster.
- If injured, seek medical attention.
- Open a claim with your auto insurance company.
After these initial steps, you may need legal help to be successful in your claim against Greyhound because they make it difficult to open claims if you were not a passenger on the bus. Typically, Greyhound will deny third party injury claims. Because of these obstacles, seeking legal advice may be your only option to receive the compensation you are owed for your injuries.
What To Do If I Was A Passenger On A Greyhound Bus That Was In An Accident?
If you were a passenger on a Greyhound bus that was in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you immediately take steps to protect yourself and to preserve your injury claim. Importantly, large companies like Greyhound have systems in order to protect themselves from liability by using their vast resources against claimants. This is why our experienced New Orleans, LA motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you even the playing field.
First, you should take pictures of the accident scene and save all documents related to your trip, such as bus tickets, booking and route information, and driver identification. If you are injured, you should report such injuries to first responders and/or the driver, so you can seek medical attention.
After an accident, Greyhound risk adjusters or drivers will collect statements from passengers using their C-4 form. Depending on the information provided on the C-4 form, Greyhound will either use the information against you or attempt to shield the information if it is harmful to Greyhound. Next, Greyhound will attempt to take recorded statements from passengers by asking leading questions favorable to Greyhound. Kiefer & Kiefer always advises our clients in motor vehicle accidents to NEVER give recorded statements to anyone involved in the accident.
Lastly, companies like Greyhound offer low offers to injured passengers in an attempt to settle their injury claims. If you take money from Greyhound, you will likely be barred from receiving future compensation from Greyhound through litigation. If you are offered a settlement, you should contact Kiefer & Kiefer for a free consultation before accepting the offer.
Contact Kiefer & Kiefer for a free consultation for your Greyhound bus accident case today.