Buses are considered to be a safer mode of transportation because of their massive size. However, they are not invincible to accidents. Bus accidents can result in serious and even deadly injuries for the passengers on board.
On Sunday, October 23, 2016, a USA Holiday tour bus was heading home from a casino near the Salton Sea. Many of the passengers had fallen asleep as the bus rumbled west on the 10 Freeway on the way home to Los Angeles. At around 5:17 a.m. the passengers were jolted awake by screams and a grinding cacophony of metal on metal as the bus crashed into a big rig. Thirteen people were killed and 31 others were injured in this catastrophic accident near Palm Springs.
The bus slammed into the back of the truck’s trailer, crushing the front third of the cabin. The majority of the deaths appeared to have been sitting toward the front of the bus. Federal and local investigators are probing the cause of the crash.
What To Do After a Bus Accident
A bus accident can significantly impact your life and the lives of your loved ones. The initial steps you take in the immediate aftermath of a bus accident are very important. As such, it is best to always be prepared ahead of time for such devastating accidents. Our experienced Los Angeles bus accident attorneys recommend bus accident victims to consider the following steps after a bus accident:
- Move to a safe location.
- Get immediate medical attention, even if your injuries seem minor.
- File a police report, if the police do not come to the scene of the accident.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you obtain the full potential of your claim for the injuries you have suffered.
Filing a personal injury claim will not undo the horrific bus accident or make your injuries go away. However, it will help you get the financial help you and your loved ones need to pay for your expensive medical treatments. It may also be an important step in bringing closure to a terrible nightmare.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Bus Accident Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, our Los Angeles bus accident attorneys are experienced in handling all types of auto accidents, especially those involving buses, and getting our clients the compensation they deserve. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our lawyers, please call us at 888.848.5084.