Bus accidents in Myrtle Beach are more common than you might think. When bus accidents occur, it is important that you get compensation for your injuries and medical costs. Bus accidents are unlike car accidents, in that with a bus accident, you are not wearing a seatbelt. It is also different in how insurance companies handle the claims. Before accepting any settlement from an insurance company or the bus company, it is important to understand the facts surrounding bus accidents and why you should contact an attorney.
Bus Accidents are Common
Bus accidents are more common than you might think. Already this year, there have been two bus accidents in Myrtle Beach. One accident in March resulted in 23 people riding a city bus to be sent to area hospitals for treatment. Another accident involving a school bus sent 25 students to the hospital with injuries. You may think that because restraints are not required buses are safer than cars, but in reality, the wrong type of accident can lead to serious injury.
Compensation May Take Time
Especially if you do not have an attorney fighting for you, getting compensation from a bus accident can take a significant amount of time. Often, bus companies and insurance companies will tell you that the investigation is ongoing, and they will not release funds until their investigation is complete. An attorney can sometimes speed up this process so you can get the compensation you need to pay your related bills.
Settlement Offers Should Be Examined
If you push the bus company or insurance company for compensation, they may decide to offer you a quick settlement. The settlement may appear to be tempting, but often, these settlements do not cover all of your related expenses to the bus accident. If you accept the settlement, you will not be able to get any additional compensation. It is important to have an attorney examine your settlement offer to determine if it is truly fair compensation, or if more negotiation or litigation is needed.
If you have been in a bus accident in Myrtle Beach, contact us today for more information or to get us started working on your case.