You are entitled to claim for bus accident injury compensation
Major bus or coach accidents in the UK are relatively rare but personal injuries caused by bus accidents are more common than some people may think. More than 3,000 bus and coach casualties were reported by Transport for London (TfL) in 2019, and bus accident claims for injury compensation are pursued by personal injury solicitors on a regular basis.
A procedure of thorough bus driver training, rigorous vehicle maintenance and safety regulations help to keep bus and coach travel in the UK relatively safe and accident-free. However, normal daily bus travel can often be affected by a combination of factors that have affected more than nine in ten bus passengers involved in bus accidents in just one year alone.
A public transport bus does not have passenger seat belts fitted to help resist the impact of an accident, and prevent common personal injures such as bruises, cuts, fractures, and head and neck injuries, such as whiplash.
Bus accident claims occur on a regular basis and while bus accident-related fatalities are thankfully few and far between, there are still a number of injuries that people claim for. If you believe that you have suffered an injury as a consequence of negligence by a bus driver, another road user or a pedestrian then you may well have a claim for compensation.
4.5 billion local bus passenger journeys were made in the UK, in 2019/20 (TfL)
Of 3,085 bus and coach casualties reported by Transport for London (TfL) in 2019:
91% were passengers
36% were aged 60 and over 249,835 collisions involving TfL buses were recorded over a 10-year period up to March 2017.
209 injuries caused by TfL bus wing mirrors striking pedestrians, 2014/18.
Our bus accident personal injury solicitors will help you claim maximum injury compensation for any personal injuries and losses, including:
·Inability to work and loss of earnings
·Severity of personal injury and expected treatment
All bus and coach drivers in the UK have a duty to care to their passengers to drive and operate the bus safely at all times, and minimise the risk of a bus accident and subsequent personal injury.
Many bus accident claims are pursued because of a lower than expected standard of driving, which resulted in personal injury to bus passengers.
You are entitled to make a bus accident claim as a result of suffering a bus accident injury caused by:
Most bus journeys are completed safely, without incident or injury. However, increasing high frequency scheduling of bus journeys in heavily populated and vehicle congested city centres, increase the likelihood of bus accidents to occur.
Personal Injury compensation is available to any bus passenger who has suffered an injury caused by a non fault bus coach accident.
The personal injury claims process considers the unique circumstances of your bus accident. The amount of compensation you receive will depend entirely on your unique situation, the severity of the injury sustained in the accident and the long lasting consequences.
Bus accident compensation isoften split into two categories known as General and Special damages.
General damages covers your personal injuries, their severity, and the impact upon your wellbeing. Compensation in this category also take into account any likely future impact of the injury on yourhealth and emotional well-being.
– for any significant damage to personal property or items needed to be placed. Care claim – for more severe debilitating injuries which require help around the home, including personal care, and future care at home needs.
– if are unable to return to work or need time off.
If you’ve been injured in a bus or coach accident that wasn’t your fault, and you’ve suffered a loss of earnings, you have a strong reason to include loss of earnings in your bus accident claim for compensation.
A bus accident claim for travel expenses is intended to help with covering the immediate costs of travelling to and from a hospital and ongoing visits, whether the journey is made by private car, taxi, bus or train.
Immediate and urgent term medical expenses will include doctor’s consultation fees, hospital charges and all other expenses related to medication, diagnostic tests and hospital stay.
Where severe injuries have been sustained, there will also be a requirement for receiving long term physiotherapy or other medical treatments, which were directly the result of your bus or coach accident.
A part of the compensation process for a bus accident claim for personal injury is undergoing a medical examination, which is arranged by the solicitors. The results of the examination are important in helping to determine the extent and impact of your injuries, and essential to calculating the total amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.
In addition to the medical examination, you should also seek separate medical assistance with your GP as soon as possible, even for apparent, minor injuries, which could be more serious than you first thought.
All our Bus Accident Claim Personal Injury Solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee basis.
If your claim is successful your opponent will pay all legal costs, with the rest deducted from the final settlement. If the claim is not successful than you will not be liable to pay anything.
Your bus accident compensation claim for personal injury is usually made against whoever was at fault, which could be one of the following:
A bus accident can be caused by bus driver negligence, speeding or poor driving. The bus accident claim will be pursued against the insurers of the bus or bus company, not directly against the bus driver.
A passenger injury can be sustained as the result of a bus accident even if no contact took place with another vehicle or object.
A bus passenger has a duty to comply with any safety notices displayed on the bus, and ensure they use the bus or coach appropriately. But there will be occasions where the driver of the bus or coach can fail in their duty of care, resulting in fast acceleration or careless road manoeuvring, harsh braking.
“A driver and a conductor shall take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of passengers who are on, or who are entering or leaving, the vehicle”.
When a bus coach accident occurs, bus passengers are directly involved and can suffer a personal injury.
Other road users can also be at risk of personal injury such, as car drivers and their passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.
People waiting at a bus stop can be struck by a bus wing mirror as it pulls in to the kerb.
Anyone involved who suffered an injury as the result of a bus accident is entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
A bus accident can result from basic driving manoeuvres, such as:
Reluctance by car drivers to allow buses and coaches to pull out in front and become stuck behind a large, slow-moving vehicle can be the cause of sudden braking.
Lane discipline on a roundabout can often be obstructed due to the size of a bus or coach. Emerging from a junction may also require the driver to make a wide turning circle.
Pedestrians can often be vulnerable to being struck by a bus or coach, due to:
A driver may have a lapse of concentration on a congested road causing a bus accident involving another vehicle or stationary object.
A personal injury sustained while boarding or alighting a bus or coach can be caused by:
Slip, trips and falls caused by harsh braking
Immediately following a bus accident, there is important and essential information that you will need to collect at the time to help you make your bus compensation claim.
It is also recommended to retain proof of purchasing your journey and being present on the bus at the time when the bus accident took place, such as a bus ticket, Oyster card, weekly or monthly pass, mobile app.
Buses and coaches with CCTV installed can also prove your involvement in the accident and presence on the bus.
However, it is recommended to submit a bus accident claim early to ensure CCTV recording remains available, along with photographic ID as cross-reference with the CCTV.
You normally have 3 years to make a bus accident claim for compensation, unless you are representing a minor, a close friend or relative who are not able to make a claim for themselves.
Personal injury compensation can be claimed at any time. From 18 years of age onwards, they will have three years to claim.
No time limit for anyone who wishes to make a personal injury claim on their behalf.
The type and extent of the personal injuries you have suffered will affect the amount of bus accident compensation you are entitled to claim, which are set out in the Judicial College guidelines.
Bus coach injuries are mostly relatively minor. However, in cases where injuries sustained are more serious, the range of bus compensation amounts could be substantial.
A claim settlement for bus coach compensation can vary significantly, but a skilled and experienced personal injuries solicitor will always negotiate for the maximum settlement possible.
If you or someone you know has unfortunately been involved in a bus coach accident, our Claim Line 365 team will help you at any time.
You are even free to choose your own representative if your insurance provider has recommended a different law firm. You are not obliged to proceed with someone your insurance provider recommends.