Atlanta is a world-class city for many reasons, and its incredible transit system is certainly one of them. Bus lines and MARTA make transportation throughout the metro area easy and accessible. According to research published in the Journal of Public Transportation, light rail and buses offer a relatively low-risk transportation option, but there are still accidents every year that affect the lives of Atlanta residents and, in some cases, are even fatal. Consider taking these four steps if you have been in such an accident.
1. Document every aspect of your injuries
Whether you were a pedestrian, a passenger or a driver in the crash, you have likely experienced injuries that require medical attention. Even if you do not see or feel physical effects, they are likely to become apparent later, so it is essential to document every ache, pain, bruise and laceration you experience as a result of the accident. This evidence will be vital to ensuring you get proper medical care.
2. Get the medical treatment you need
Many people decline immediate medical attention after an accident only to later realize they need it. It is often a good idea to go to the hospital after an accident whether or not you think you need to. At worst, it is a preventative measure that can keep you safe and ensure you do not have any serious or potentially life-threatening injuries. After a hospital visit, you may want to follow up with your primary care provider, too, to ensure you make a full recovery.
3. Consider options for recourse
After an accident, there are many consequences you might have to deal with. Victims are often forced to pay medical bills out of pocket and seek reimbursement later, and your injuries may cause you to miss work. The pain and suffering caused by the trauma of the accident are often devastating, too. You may consider options for seeking compensation and pursuing recourse.
4. Contact appropriate authorities
It is important to stay in contact with all appropriate authorities involved in handling the accident and its case. Investigators, law enforcement officials, medical professionals and insurance claims managers may all contact you for more information on the crash. Stay in touch with them to ensure you receive all essential updates and information.
If you have been in an accident involving public transit, these tips can help. Contacting a trusted and well-experienced attorney for assistance with your case can be instrumental as well.