Bus injury advice is something you might hope you will never need. Many people use buses and generally they represent a safe form of transport; however, accidents can happen. Usually they are minor incidents, which do not result in serious injuries, but on occasions a bus may be involved in a serious incident resulting in significant injuries to the passengers and driver.
Buses are designed to carry up to 70 passengers at any one time and this is a major responsibility for the bus company, which must do everything reasonable to ensure that you have a safe journey.
Bus drivers should receive adequate training for the job and in general most of them are competent and do their job well, even under difficult circumstances. However, there may be occasions when they drive in a way that causes injuries to their passengers. For example, heavy or abrupt braking, swerving, sudden acceleration, or driving round corners too fast can all result, not only in discomfort to passengers, but might also cause them to be thrown from their seats and injured. Sometimes the bus driver may be obliged to make such manoeuvres in order to avoid a collision, but at other times it could be down to bad driving.
Today’s roads are more crowded than ever and buses, just as any other vehicles, can be involved in a collision. If the accident was the fault of the other party and you are injured you may be able to claim compensation from his or her insurance company. If the collision was caused by the behaviour of the bus driver, you are entitled to claim from the bus company’s insurance.
Other injuries that may occur on buses can be trips or slips when getting off or onto the vehicle and cuts or lacerations caused by faulty fittings. Injuries vary from minor cuts, whiplash, damage to soft tissue and minor fractures; to more serious injuries, such as broken bones, amputations, brain damage and in rare cases, death.
Contact us for Bus injury advice
If you have suffered an injury on a bus and are seeking bus injury advice contact Accident Advice Helpline. The law firm’s solicitors have helped hundreds of people with their personal injury claims against a variety of companies and will able to tell you if you have a valid claim.
If you have incurred additional costs as a result of your injuries you may be able to recoup them as part of your compensation claim. For example, if you have to take time off work and are self-employed, you are likely to suffer a significant drop in income. Trips to physiotherapists and payments for prescriptions may also be covered.
For example, Mr A was a passenger on a bus when it collided with another vehicle. He sustained injuries to his neck, back and shoulder and the accident also made an existing pelvic injury worse. Once the legal process was complete Mr A was awarded £4,162.34 in compensation for his injuries. This should not be taken to indicate the amount of compensation you will receive, as each case is different. The amount of compensation awarded depends on the seriousness of your injuries and how they affect you in the future.
Date Published: May 28, 2014
Author: David Brown