Many people believe that busses are a safer approach to travel in comparison to flying, especially in large groups over long distances. Popular mindset has also taught people to believe that the lack of seat belts on busses is because they are safer, no matter the bus company. However, according to Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, it is estimated there are around 63,000 bus accidents, averaging 14,000 injuries, per year.
Greyhound accidents, and all other companies as well, occur for many reasons. Sometimes due to fault of another driver. Manufacturers choose not to install seat belts on busses typically, and injuries do occur because of the lack thereof. If a patron or family member can prove that their injury or loss was due to the lack of a seat belt, or some other negligence of the bus company, there may be some liability claims worth investigating with a specialized lawyer.
Bus companies have protocols in place in the event of an accident. Large companies hire specialists to immediately report to an accident scene. When greyhound accidents occur, specialists report live on the scene. The first group typically include employees for the sole purpose of encouraging bus riders fill out papers called C-4 forms. A second group of specialists attempt to have each bus rider record their statements to audio. Many injury lawyers will advise against both documentations in the event of an accident, especially audio. Major companies will try to negate any information to find themselves at fault, and push information that finds a patron at fault. It is legal, and best, to just stay quiet and not write or speak without law representation.
Occasionally, injuries are only discovered after initial impact. Not at initial impact. And, large bus companies may try to pay the injured or deceased family member for Greyhound accidents; but it is typically a very low amount in order to avoid court. With the payouts, specialists often adjoin these payouts with stipulations that may or may not be in the best interest of the patron. When an injury is discovered, it is critical that one consults a law attorney specialized in bus injury claims immediately. It is also of vital importance that one documents, with as much detail as possible, all medical care, emotional care, and other issues such as missed work or lack of income due to the accident. The more detail and exact data listed, the better for a patron’s case.
Initial consultations with accident attorneys are almost always free. These large bus companies certainly have specialists that are invested in protecting the name, money, and reputation of the company; it will take a specialized, experienced lawyer to prove to the court the injury is real and deserves the compensation requested.