According to a study published in 2021, 38.1 million people used the bus system in the Twin Cities to get around. While many people relying on public transportation do so without ever encountering a problem, others aren’t so lucky. Being involved in a bus accident is stressful, but there are some steps to remember regarding what to do after a bus accident.
Take care of yourself
Before offering aid to anyone else, make sure that you’re OK. Prioritizing your well-being may seem selfish, but you can’t help anyone involved in the accident if you have injuries. If your injuries render you unable to move, call for help from your spot on the bus.
Caring for others
Mass transit accidents lead to a variety of injuries, so you likely won’t be able to help everyone on the bus with you. However, if you aren’t seriously injured, you can begin identifying people with more significant injuries than others.
Don’t try to move anyone who suffered an injury, as you don’t have the training or the supplies necessary. You can help people who have minor scrapes and bruises to safety. Evaluating others also allows you to help inform first responders when they arrive on the scene.
Getting checked out
Even if you don’t feel like you suffered a serious injury, get medical attention following the accident. The public transit operator who owns the bus has insurance policies in place in case an accident happens. Depending on the severity of your injury, this insurance company may provide you with additional compensation.
Bus accidents can lead to injuries, so be aware of what your body tells you in the days and weeks following an accident. If you notice any lingering symptoms, contact your physician for further evaluation.