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Hawaii Tour Bus Accidents…What You Need to Know


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5/15/2013
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Bus tours are a popular way for tourists to experience the beauty of the islands of Hawaii. However, tour buses are sometimes involved in traffic accidents that can lead to serious injuries, or even death, for tourists who happen to be on board.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, even though bus crashes have declined over the past 25 years, thousands of people are still injured every year. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Hawaii tour bus accident, there are a few things that you need to know.

You Should See a Doctor

If you know, or suspect, that you have been injured, seek emergency room medical treatment immediately. If an injury is not apparent, schedule an appointment with your physician for a check-up to ensure that there are no hidden injuries. Delays in seeking medical care can cause injuries to become worse and can negatively affect your legal rights as well.

It’s also important to note that injuries can occur on a bus even when the vehicle is not involved in an accident, such as when a person falls due to a sudden stop or turn, especially if he or she was standing because all of the seats were full.

You Should Not Talk to the Insurance Company

Insurance companies are not eager to pay claims and will sometimes offer injured parties an amount far less than the injuries are worth. Do not talk to the insurance company until you have spoken with a qualified personal injury attorney.

Your Time to File a Claim is Limited

The law limits the amount of time a person has to bring a lawsuit. In Hawaii, actions for personal injury must be filed within two (2) years of the date of the injury.

You Need to Act Right Away

Bottom line – if you or a loved one is injured in a bus crash, it is important that you speak with an experienced Hawaii personal injury attorney as soon as possible.



Category: Traffic Accidents


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