Bendy buses are in use in many areas of the UK today. They are longer than the average bus, which is why they are designed to bend in the middle. Without this bend they would not be able to safely navigate the route they are on. While bendy bus accidents are rare, there is a potential they could occur if certain circumstances came up. For example if a pedestrian is waiting to cross the road at a corner and a bendy bus turned that corner and mounted the pavement, the pedestrian could potentially be injured.
It is this type of accident where the pedestrian is not at fault that could lead to an investigation of whether the bus driver was potentially at fault. These vehicles should only be used on routes that can accommodate their extra length, and if this has not been the case it might also point to negligence in some way.
Bendy bus accidents can potentially happen in built-up areas
Busier areas such as cities tend to be more likely to see bendy buses in action. They take far more passengers than the average bus does, which is why they are used. The roads will also usually be easier to adjust to accommodate the new services.
Drivers will be trained and experienced in using bendy buses to drive their route. This vastly reduces the chance that anything could potentially go wrong. Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with isolated cases where a pedestrian has been injured and someone else was found to be at fault though.
What about drivers operating the bendy buses?
Bendy buses are driven very safely indeed for the most part. However, it is also worth noting that the drivers can potentially be in danger if another vehicle crosses their path or runs into the bus. If this happens there is the chance that the driver could sustain whiplash or some other painful injury.
In any case someone who is injured in a bendy bus accident should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. If you call us now on our free 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500 – you can soon learn whether a no win, no fee* claim could be the way to press ahead. We have connections with professional injury compensation lawyers who can ensure you are able to get the advice you need.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown