Attorney contributor Brian Kent has offered his thoughts on the legal rights of bus accident victims who have sustained a serious injury:
“Bus accidents can be particularly devastating because passengers are not required to wear seat-belts or other safety devices. When a crash occurs, not only do suitcases and other objects become projectiles, but actual passengers do as well. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries are very common, as are injuries to internal organs.
Those who have been hurt in a bus accident typically have the right to take legal action in the form of a civil lawsuit. Although it may take some time to settle this type of legal action, victims and their loved ones can receive financial compensation that takes into account the following, among other resulting damages:
- Past medical bills
- Expected future medical treatments/expenses
- Lost income
- Physical pain
- Emotional shock and trauma
It’s important for bus accident victims to consult with an attorney immediately. If an insurance company asks them to sign any paperwork, they should also ensure that their legal representative reviews them prior to it being signed. Indeed, insurance companies will often attempt to have victims to sign away their rights to pursue their deserved compensation.
In addition to bus accident lawsuits, wrongful death lawsuits can also be filed by the loved ones of someone who passed away due to the crash. These lawsuits can help a grieving family stay financially afloat while providing a sense that justice has been served. ”