Greyhound buses are a familiar sight on I-476, Route 309, and other highways around Quakertown and Bucks County. Customers travel all over the country on the company’s buses. Despite earning so much money from area residents, Greyhound and its drivers do not always focus on passengers the way they should. Sometimes, they cut corners and risk passenger safety.
When a huge company like Greyhound puts profits ahead of people and someone gets hurt, the company must pay. A Quakertown Greyhound bus accident lawyer at our firm will fight for you until you get paid for your injuries. Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and the team at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers have a winning record in these cases. In a case tried in Philadelphia County, we won over $21.3 million in verdicts and settlements (plus additional delay damages and post-verdict interest) against Greyhound Bus Company. The verdict portion of this recovery was $5.05 million, the largest recorded verdict against Greyhound Bus Company in Pennsylvania.
The Duty of Greyhound Drivers
Everyone who drives must take care to avoid injuring other people. When the vehicle is a Greyhound bus, the driver must be extra careful. Federal law classifies vehicles that transport people or cargo for a fee as “common carriers.” A driver for a common carrier must use the “utmost care” to prevent harm to passengers as well as other drivers on the road.
A skilled Quakertown lawyer will investigate a bus accident to prove the driver was careless. Since the bus company is responsible for the harm its driver causes, Greyhound is required to compensate you for your damages.
Bus Accident Injuries are Often Severe
Being a passenger in a bus crash is a terrifying and life-changing experience. Bus accidents are often fatal, and survivors might suffer catastrophic and permanent injuries.
Not all buses have seatbelts, and even when they do, drivers do not insist you use them. People could be thrown from their seats into the aisle or collide with a window. Luggage and belongings might crash down and hit you. A Quakertown bus crash attorney often works with passengers who suffer injuries such as:
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Severe cuts that need stitches and might leave permanent scars
- Broken bones
- Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Damage to internal organs
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
In addition, the pain and trauma from the accident could cause insomnia, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Your lawyer will work with you to document every way the bus crash has impacted your life. Greyhound is required to compensate you for every consequence of the accident.
Essential Steps After a Greyhound Bus Accident
Police and EMTs will respond to a bus accident, and you should get ambulance transport to the nearest hospital if possible. It is essential to get checked out before you do anything else. After seeking necessary medical care, contact a Quakertown attorney who handles Greyhound bus crashes.
Greyhound’s lawyers and insurance company representatives may try to contact you soon after the accident or even before you leave the hospital. Avoid speaking with them if you can, and do not sign anything or accept a check. Instead, give them your lawyer’s name and tell them that your lawyer will handle all communication.
42 Pennsylvania Statutes §5524 allows an injured person to bring a lawsuit within two years of the accident date. However, there is no advantage to waiting. The sooner a legal professional is fighting for you, the sooner you could get paid for the harm Greyhound caused.
Call a Quakertown Attorney for Greyhound Bus Crash Claims
When companies rake in massive profits but don’t pay fair compensation for injuring someone, the skilled attorneys at our firm fight back. We will not rest until you get the payment you deserve for the harm you suffered.
Speak with a Quakertown Greyhound accident lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers as soon as possible. With a seasoned advocate fighting by your side, you could hold the bus company accountable and get the compensation you need. Call today for more information.