Considering the fact that coaches and buses share the same roads and potential risks of traffic accidents as cars, it would be easy to suggest that as far as your safety is concerned, there is no difference between travelling by car or by coach
According to 2011 EU Care database figures, however, this suggestion could not be further from the truth. These figures clearly indicate that fatal accidents on the road are far less common among buses than they are among any other mode of transport, except trains, which are roughly equal to buses. Here are the percentages of EU road fatalities according to mode of transport:
- Car – 46.4 per cent
- Pedestrian – 19.8 per cent
- Motorcycle – 17.7 per cent
- Bicycle – 6.6 per cent
- Tram – 3.3 per cent
- Bus/coach – 0.4 per cent
Why coaches are safer than cars
The reasons for this huge difference in the number of fatal traffic related accidents between cars and coaches are simple; not only is coach design, technology and safety constantly being improved, companies also continually strive to encourage high levels of professionalism by having drivers undergo the most stringent initial and continuous training.
Sadly, many car drivers pick up ‘bad habits’ and become generally complacent as years of possibly ‘safe’ driving pass. Drivers regularly using the same roads to travel to and from work without being involved in car crashes, for instance, are particularly prone to become ‘lax’ in their driving attitude. This complacency leads to lack of attention and subsequently contributes to the cause of many vehicle collisions.
It is also far easier to exceed speed limits in cars than it is in buses. It is a well-known fact that road traffic accidents at high speeds are far more likely to have fatal consequences than car or motorcycling accidents at lower speeds.
Should you be injured in a car, motorcycling or coach accident, because sometimes they do happen, through no fault on your part, you may qualify for driver or passenger injury compensation.
You can get assistance in conducting your car or coach accident claim by making a call to the advice line provided by Accident Advice Helpline. Our company is not a claims management company, but a law firm with our own legal team. This means your claim will not be passed to others, but will be dealt with by skilled in-house individuals, with years of injury claim experience.
Call us today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice