Bus lane collisions can potentially occur between buses and cars, buses and cyclists and even buses and pedestrians. Thankfully such incidents are few and far between, but of course given the size of a bus an accident like this can be quite significant when it does happen. One or more people may be injured; this could occur to people on the bus if it stops suddenly but of course those involved outside the bus could potentially be badly hurt as well.
Few of us will ever be involved in or see an accident of this nature at any point in our lives. However, if something like this should happen the police will determine what happened and who was potentially at fault for causing the accident. If the road layout is deemed to be potentially confusing and has caused other accidents of a similar nature in the past, this could point to a potential accident blackspot having been created as well.
How serious are bus lane collisions?
In theory the only vehicles to use a bus lane should be buses and taxis. However, motorcyclists and cyclists will also usually be able to use them as well. To find out whether this is the case, you can look at the road markings leading up to the bus lane as these will have symbols indicating who can use them. As such there is the potential for things to go wrong if people are not paying proper attention.
Clearly you have to have your wits about you in order to stay safe when you are near a bus lane. This alone will help reduce the already small number of bus lane collisions even further. The reasons behind any accident that occurs in a bus lane may help determine whether you are able to claim compensation for injuries received in such an accident.
Are these collisions common?
No, since most people do realise which vehicles are supposed to use the lanes and which ones should stay clear of it. However, if you are crossing as a pedestrian because you know a car driver should not use the lane you are walking across and they do, you could be injured and it would be their fault for using the wrong lane.
Make sure you call Accident Advice Helpline to learn more on 0800 689 0500 if you’ve had an accident like this.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown