Have you ever come across a news item regarding a bus hitting a bridge? These incidents do happen but they are thankfully not that common. All bridges should have a height restriction sign above them, telling drivers what the limit is for passing underneath them. There may also be other signs at other points in the road before such a bridge is reached. These signs will be in place to ensure drivers can turn off before reaching such a bridge.
Accident Advice Helpline has handled cases in the past where people have been on a bus or similar vehicle that has driven underneath a bridge that is too low for it to pass under. In this case it will usually be a double-decker bus that is involved, since it is high enough to get caught under low bridges. If negligence can be proven to be the cause of this type of accident, anyone on the bus who is injured could have a good case to make for compensation.
Should drivers know the height of the vehicles they are driving?
Any high vehicle could run into problems when going underneath bridges such as this. The driver must know the height of the vehicle and what clearance it requires in order to know whether or not they can safely go under any particular bridge they come across. If this is not the case they could easily drive under a bridge thinking they have clearance when actually they don’t.
Imagine sitting on the top deck when this happens. A bus hitting a bridge could well be travelling at a fair speed, and in these instances the roof can be completely or partially taken off. This gives people on the top deck little time or room to escape. If injuries are incurred and negligence is the cause, compensation would be easier to claim.
A frightening experience
Clearly this would be frightening for anyone to go through. Thankfully accidents like this don’t happen very often. However, when they do happen there is a chance many people could be injured since the top deck of a bus could be quite full. One recent accident saw 11 pupils taken to hospital when their school bus hit a bridge.
If you are in a position to make a no win, no fee* claim, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you. Call 0800 689 0500 now to determine whether this might be the case.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown