Because SEPTA buses are quite large, most bus accidents do not result in serious injures for the passengers on board the bus. However, many people can be hurt if the bus hits (or is hit by) a truck or large passenger van. A serious accident can also occur is the bus driver is careless or loses control of the bus while driving on an icy road.
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If you are in a bus accident, the first thing you should do is assess the safety of the bus. If the driver is unable to move off the road and/or there is gas leaking from the gas tank, you should try to get off the bus if you are able. However, if you find it difficult to move and the situation is fairly safe, then stay on the bus until medical help arrives, as moving while injured can make your injuries worse.
Uninjured individuals will also want to look out for the safety of other bus passengers. If there are uninjured fellow passengers who are finding it difficult to disembark the bus, then you should help them. Injured passengers, on the other hand, should not be moved unless there is a real danger of the bus catching fire.
If you are clearly injured, then you will be taken to the hospital and given medical care. If you are uninjured, then you can probably go your way after talking to police about the incident. Even so, you will want to schedule a full medical exam as soon as possible, as many injures are not detected until weeks or even months after the event. Getting a medical checkup early on can alert you to potential medical problems that may have arisen as a result of the accident and enable you to deal with them.
Getting a medical exam early on can also provide you with the evidence you need to claim compensation. However, it is important to note that it is much more difficult to claim compensation from a city bus driver and/or the city bus system than it is to claim compensation from a careless car or van driver. You will not only need to prove that your injuries were a result of the bus accident but also provide proof that you were in fact on the bus when it had an accident.
Being in a bus accident can be scary; however, knowing what to do in the event of such an accident can give you the peace of mind you need to handle this incident in a safe, responsible manner. The most important thing to remember is that your safety, and that of the other passengers, comes first. Disembark the bus if you are able to and it is safe to do so and help others do the same; if not, then remain still and calm until help arrives. Be sure to also get medical help afterwards and consider your options carefully when deciding whether or not to pursue legal action against those responsible.