Public bus companies have a duty of care towards their passengers. In other words, if a motoring accident involving a public bus is caused by the bus driver or a defect on the bus, they are liable for any injuries sustained by said passengers.
If a road traffic accident involving a public bus is caused by the driver of another vehicle, then the responsible driver can be held liable for passenger injuries not only for passengers in his or her own vehicle, but those on board the bus. In a similar manner, cyclists or pedestrians responsible for causing a traffic accident involving a bus could be held responsible for subsequent injuries to passengers on the bus.
True or false?
The statement ‘If you go on a public bus, injuries suffered because of accidents aren’t covered’ is therefore false.
What all this means
In other words, if you were injured while travelling on a bus, you could be eligible to claim passenger injury compensation against:
- The bus company, if the vehicle collision was caused by the bus driver or a mechanical/electronic fault on the bus
- The driver of another vehicle responsible for the traffic related accident, or
- Another road user causing the accident on the road
In any case, gathering evidence capable of proving who was responsible for the bus accident will be necessary.
In case of a bus company being held liable for a passenger injury, the company’s vehicle and public liability insurance will cover the payment of compensation. This also applies to other company vehicles (trucks, taxis, trains, planes, etc.). Drivers of private vehicles should also be covered by their insurance policies.
Cyclists or pedestrians, on the other hand, are typically not covered by insurances of any kind and could face potentially serious financial difficulties as a result of having to pay others compensation, especially if the personal injuries claimed for were serious and awarded compensation amounts are high.
What this means to you
All said and done, if you sustained an injury on a bus, you should be able to claim for compensation against the company or individual responsible for the vehicle collision. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now for helpful advice and assistance in conducting your passenger injury claim by a member of our experienced in-house team of claim specialists. The numbers provided above are for calls from landline telephones or mobile phones respectively. Both lines are open 24 hours a day and all calls are strictly confidential.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown