What to Know About Being Injured in a Bus Accident in Washington D.C.

If you have been injured in a bus accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation in a personal injury claim. To learn more about filing a successful claim and the steps to take following your accident, continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Give our firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation.

What are the most common causes of bus accidents?

The following acts of negligence are the most common causes of bus accidents in Washington D.C.:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving under the influence
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to obey all other rules and regulations of the road
  • Failing to account for the size of the bus
  • Negligently discharging passengers

What steps should I take after being injured in a bus accident?

After sustaining injuries in a bus accident, take the following steps while you are still at the scene of the accident:

  1. Alert the authorities of the accident. The police will bring medical attention to the scene and document the accident by conducting a police report.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance, if you can, take photos of the scene of the accident and your injuries.
  3. Collect any witnesses’ contact information.
  4. Once the ambulance arrives at the scene, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
  5. After your treatment is complete, be sure to collect all medical documentation relating to the incident.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal. Having an attorney in your corner will also provide you with the ability to collect further evidence to support your claim such as surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.

How long do I have to take legal action after being involved in a bus accident in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is generally three years. This means that you will have three years from the date of your bus accident to take legal action against the negligent party. It is important to take legal action within this time period because failure to do so may result in you being permanently time-barred from suing. The sooner you can bring attention to your claim by contacting an attorney, the better. To begin this process as soon as possible, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced personal injury lawyer.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.