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5 Steps to take after a public transit accident

Buses, trains and other forms of public transportation are an eco-friendly convenience for Illinois commuters. Unfortunately, they can also pose a high risk of injury to many people if an accident occurs. If you are a regular public transit user, it’s important to know the steps to follow in the event of an accident.

Here are 5 safety steps to follow in the aftermath of a bus or train accident:

1. Assess safety and well-being

Your first priority in the aftermath of an accident is to assess your own injuries. Whether you have fallen down, been struck or are riding a train/bus involved in a collision, assessing your own well-being will help you determine if you can safely seek help.

If you are able to move easily, you can take a brief survey of the well-being of other parties involved in the accident. If possible, you may want to collect the names and phone numbers of witnesses at the scene.

If you are in a train or bus, listen for announcements from the driver and follow any instructions given by the public transit personnel with caution.

2. Move to a safe location

If you are able to move freely, your next course of action is to move to a safe location. Whether the accident has left you in the middle of the road or underground, you should calmly and carefully move to a location that is free of hazards, such as other moving vehicles or crowds of people.

3. Contact the authorities

Call 911 to report the accident. It’s important that law enforcement officials investigate the scene and file an accident report. The authorities will also be able to aid those who have suffered injuries.

4. Consult your doctor

Sometimes injuries aren’t realized until days or even weeks after an accident. Even if you don’t notice any injuries right away, seek medical attention. Some victims of traumatic experiences may even require therapy to ease back into daily routines. Talking to your doctor and filing copies of medical bills and medical records will help substantiate a personal injury claim, if the action becomes necessary.

5. Consult a personal injury lawyer

Talk to an attorney about your situation. An attorney can help you seek compensation for the medical bills, lost wages and/or pain that a public transit accident has caused you. A lawyer can help explain your rights, work with insurance companies and defend your claim.

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