When you are involved in a car accident, you already know what steps to take as you want to gather insurance information, seek medical attention and file an insurance claim to get your vehicle repaired. Yet what do you do if you are in a bus driver accident? In these cases, you are the passenger of the vehicle who may sustain serious injuries. Is it up to you to file the claim, or wait for the bus company to contact you. Who will pay for your injuries as well as lost wages?
Serious Injuries with a Bus Accident Vancouver
There may be several occasions when you may take a bus somewhere. You may take a bus every day to work, a shuttle bus to the airport, or a charter tour bus. Most buses are not equipped with any seat belt restraints, as injuries can happen in a variety of ways. The bus may strike a vehicle, sending people violently forward in seats. They may hit the seats in front of them or knock into other people. Even sudden, unexpected stops can cause injuries for people who must stand on the bus because all the seats are filled.
In addition, you could be a passenger or another driver involved in a bus driver accident. The bus driver may become distracted and hit into you when you are crossing the street on foot, or when you are driving your car and have the right of way through an intersection. Since buses are very large vehicles, they can cause significant damage to vehicles and can be hard to stop when striking pedestrians as a person can experience serious injuries or even death.
Filing an ICBC Claim
Whether you are a passenger on the bus, pedestrian or the other driver, you may be able to file a claim with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). You’ll want to gather us much information as you can before you file the claim such as details of the accident, a police report, eyewitness testimony, and medical reports of your injuries. You should also have documents of lost wages, and expense receipts that you may have paid to get your car repaired.
Filing an ICBC can be a confusing and stressful process. You have to ensure that the claim is filed within the required time frame and that all information is available upon request. If any information is missing, the ICBC may deny your claim. If they accept your claim, they may pay out less than you what you need to recoup on out-of-pocket expenses and future medical treatments.
Getting Help to File Your Claim
Here at Diamond & Diamond BC, we are a bus accident lawyer helping people get through the confusing claims process. We can inform you about your rights, ensure you ICBC claim is filed correctly and on time, and negotiate with the ICBC so that you get the right amount of compensation to pay for expenses, lost wages and future medical treatments.
Whether you were a passenger in a bus, a pedestrian, or another driver, contact our accident attorney today. We will discuss your case and provide you with the legal advice that you need.