If you hired a lawyer, they may do most if not all of the items for you. You should:
Obtain the police report from the local precinct who made the accident report
If your vehicle was damaged, ask your insurance company to send a property damage appraiser to give you an estimate of the cost to repair your vehicle
Keep a log or journal including the names and contact information for all medical providers you saw including all visits with dates of treatment. It may also be a good idea to jot down your complaints of pain. Keep copies of any diagnostic test results such as an MRI, X-ray, or CT-scan as these will help explain your medical diagnosis.
Keep a copy or list of your expenses incurred out of pocket due to the bus accident
Keep a record of days missed from work so you can file a claim for lost wages
Keep a journal or diary describing how the accident has impacted your life – what activities did you have to stop doing because of the injuries sustained.
If you have hired an attorney, tell them so. Do not speak with them and tell them all communications should go through your lawyer. If you have not yet hired a lawyer, do not make any statements and do not agree to a recorded statement. Do not sign any documents. Contact a bus accident lawyer at the F&A injury law firm at (212) 222-1111.
There may be certain time limits involved. If the bus is a New York City Transit Authority or Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) bus, a Notice of Claim must be filed within ninety (90) days of the accident. A lawsuit must be filed within one year and 90 days. With respect to the No Fault or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits, a No Fault application known as an NF2 form must be filed within thirty (30) days of the accident to ensure your medical bills are paid.
At the scene of a bus accident, you should
Call 911 so the police will come to the accident location
Take an ambulance to the hospital if you are hurt
Take photos of the license plate #s of the bus and other vehicles involved as well the accident scene and physical injuries
Stay at the location of accident until police arrive. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime
Notify your insurance company
Do not admit fault
Usually the responsible parties should be sued by filing a Summons and Complaint. It is important to obtain the police report and conduct a complete investigation to determine all of the potentially responsible parties who may be at fault. This could include the bus driver, bus company, other vehicle owner and operators involved, as well as other entities.
Bus Accidents can turn into very complex time consuming litigation. After an accident with a bus, it is important to document what happened. Make sure to speak with the police officers at the scene to confirm you were included as part of the police accident report. If you are seriously injured, make sure to go to the hospital. It is a good idea to take photos using a cell phone of the accident scene, vehicles involved, and any visible injuries sustained. Most importantly, contact an experienced bus accident lawyer to begin a thorough investigation and handling of the case right away. The F&A bus accident lawyers can be reached at (212) 222-1111 or (866) ATTY LAW.