Bus journeys can be preferable to travelling by car if you are only travelling locally and you want an easy journey instead of having to fight through the traffic on your own. Some people who don’t drive rely on the buses more often too, which is a good thing and it can mean travelling is much easier than it would otherwise be.
Bus door injuries may potentially occur if you get off a bus and the doors close before you are properly clear of the vehicle. These incidents happen very rarely, especially when you consider how many people take bus journeys on a regular basis. It is very unlikely anyone would be injured in this way, but even occasionally people might find themselves in this position.
How serious can bus door injuries be?
It is important to note such injuries are rare and are usually very superficial too. You might simply get your coat or another part of your clothing or a bag in the doors and the driver could realise and free those items before anything actually happens. However, there is the potential for something more serious to happen. Even if your trapped clothing comes free it may still potentially send you off-balance and this might result in you being injured.
Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with cases where people have been more seriously injured too. There is a slim potential that someone might be thrown to the floor and dragged along by a bus if they are caught in the doors and the driver leaves the stop without realising. Thankfully things like this are exceptionally rare.
Recovering from injuries caused in this manner
Obviously it will always take longer to recover from more serious injuries than it will from superficial ones. However, in every case you may feel nervous of using a bus again, because the mental effects can be just as profound as the physical ones. It would be understandable to feel nervous about using a bus if you had been injured in this way.
Accident Advice Helpline can always provide no-obligation support and advice in these situations. With our help you can discover whether a no win, no fee* compensation claim might be a possibility in your case. A quick call to 0800 689 0500 now will help you determine whether this is possible for you, so make sure you call now.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen