If you are a professional driver you might be driving a bus each day. There are all kinds of vehicles that can be driven professionally, but as a bus driver you will be assigned a route and you’ll complete it several times each day. As such you will get to know the route well, and you may even get to know some of the regular passengers.
As a bus driver you still have a right to be able to work safely each day, even though in reality you have a moveable workplace. Your bus is your place of work, and that bus must always be in good condition. If you spot a potential problem with your bus and bring it to the attention of your employer, they have a duty to check it and repair it. If this doesn’t happen, or they say there isn’t a problem, and yet you later have an accident as a result, they could be found negligent.
Safety in the depot
Most drivers will pick up their bus for the day from the bus depot before starting work. There is a requirement for the depot to be safe to use as well. For example there should be clear areas where pedestrians can walk safely without coming into contact with buses. There should also be regular maintenance checks made of all the buses, not just of the mechanical parts but all parts. For example if one of the doors experiences a problem and falls onto the driver as they go to board the bus, this could lead them to suffer an injury.
As you can see, accidents can happen but they do not always happen on the bus route itself. Of course, if another driver causes an accident in which the bus driver is injured while driving the bus, this might also lead to a potential bus driver injury compensation claim.
Where do you stand?
Finding out where you stand legally is an important part of considering a bus driver injury compensation claim. Having all the facts surrounding what happened can make a significant difference to whether or not you make a claim.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline to determine whether a claim could be possible for you. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 and you can get the answers you desire from our team as quickly as possible.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead