Bus Accidents

Navigating the Aftermath of a Bus Accident:
Your Comprehensive Guide

Accidents can happen unexpectedly, and when they involve a bus, the aftermath can be overwhelming. Whether you were a passenger, a pedestrian, or a driver involved in a bus accident, understanding your rights and the steps to take is crucial for your safety and well-being.

Currently, the primary public transit service in Redlands, California, is provided by the “Redlands Passenger Rail Project.” This project aimed to introduce a rail service connecting Redlands to the larger regional rail network operated by Metrolink. Additionally, the area is also served by Omnitrans, the primary public transit agency of San Bernardino County. Omnitrans provides bus services across various cities, including Redlands. However, specific routes and schedules can change over time.

Bus accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, given the size and weight of buses and the potential impact forces involved. The injuries can vary depending on the type of accident, the speed of the vehicles involved, the safety features of the bus, and whether passengers were wearing seat belts. Common injuries in bus accidents include:

  1. Whiplash and Neck Injuries: Rapid deceleration or impact can cause whiplash, a neck injury that occurs when the head is forcefully thrown forward and then backward. This can lead to neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and other related symptoms.
  2. Head Injuries: Passengers may hit their heads against seats, windows, or other hard surfaces in a bus collision. This can result in concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), or other head injuries, which can range from mild to severe.
  3. Back and Spinal Cord Injuries: The force of impact in a bus accident can lead to back injuries, including herniated discs, fractures, or even spinal cord injuries. Severe spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis or long-term mobility issues.
  4. Fractures and Broken Bones: The impact of a bus accident can cause fractures and broken bones in various parts of the body, such as arms, legs, ribs, and pelvis.
  5. Soft Tissue Injuries: Sprains, strains, bruises, and contusions are common soft tissue injuries that can result from the force of impact during a bus accident.
  6. Cuts and Abrasions: Passengers can sustain cuts, abrasions, and lacerations from broken glass, sharp objects, or contact with hard surfaces.
  7. Internal Injuries: The force of impact can lead to internal injuries, such as internal bleeding, organ damage, or injuries to the chest and abdomen.
  8. Emotional and Psychological Trauma: Bus accidents can be traumatic experiences, leading to emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for those involved.
  9. Burns: If a bus catches fire because of the accident, passengers could sustain burn injuries.
  10. Crush Injuries: In more severe accidents, passengers may become trapped or crushed, leading to severe injuries to limbs and the torso.


It’s important to note that some injuries might not be immediately apparent after an accident and could surface in the hours or days following the incident. Seeking medical attention after a bus accident is crucial, even if you feel fine initially, to ensure that any hidden injuries are detected and properly treated.

As experienced personal injury lawyers, we’re here to guide you through the process of dealing with the aftermath of a bus accident.

  1. Prioritize Your Safety and Health
    The priority after a bus accident is ensuring your safety and the safety of others involved. Seek medical attention immediately, even if your injuries seem minor. Some injuries might not manifest fully until later, and prompt medical attention can help document your injuries for potential legal claims.
  1. Gather Information
    Collecting information from the scene is essential for building your case. Get the names, contact details, and insurance information of all parties involved, including the bus driver, other drivers, and witnesses. Additionally, take photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, injuries, and any contributing factors like road conditions or signage.
  1. Report the Accident
    Notify the appropriate authorities about the accident. This might involve calling the police or contacting the transit company, especially if the accident involves a public transportation bus. A police report can serve as valuable evidence for your case.
  1. Preserve Evidence
    Preserve any evidence related to the accident. This includes medical records, accident reports, witness statements, and photographs. Your personal injury attorney will use this evidence to establish liability and support your claim.
  1. Seek Legal Assistance
    Engaging a personal injury attorney experienced in bus accident cases is crucial. They can guide you through the legal complexities, communicate with insurance companies, and ensure that your rights are protected. They will work to gather evidence, determine liability, and pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
  1. Communicate Wisely
    Be cautious when communicating with insurance companies or representatives from the transit company. Remember that their primary goal is to minimize costs. Consult your attorney before giving any statements or signing any documents. Your attorney will help you avoid inadvertently damaging your claim.
  1. Understand Your Compensation Options
    Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to various forms of compensation, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. Your attorney will evaluate your case and help you understand the compensation you might be eligible for.
  1. Negotiation and Litigation
    Most bus accident cases are resolved through negotiation and settlement discussions. Your attorney will work to negotiate a fair settlement with the responsible parties’ insurance companies. If a suitable settlement cannot be reached, your attorney will be prepared to take your case to court and advocate for your rights in front of a judge and jury.



Dealing with the aftermath of a bus accident can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to guide you through every step of the process. By prioritizing your safety, preserving evidence, seeking legal assistance, and communicating wisely, you can increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a consultation and let us help you on your journey to recovery and justice.

If you’ve been involved in a bus accident and have sustained injuries, consulting with a personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and potential legal options for compensation. Contact Harsh Law today to discuss your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.