Old-aged pensioners or OAPs are often reliant on public transport to get out and about. We all age in different ways but it is fair to say that many people struggle more as they get older. It is quite common for elderly people to be frail and not as steady or as fast on their feet as they used to be. As such they may need a little extra support or a little extra time to get from A to B.
This should be borne in mind whenever someone of advanced age uses public transport. There have been cases where OAP bus accidents have occurred for example. While buses have to run to a timetable they should always be driven with the highest degree of skill, care and attention. This is typically the case in the majority of situations, but there are cases where people have been injured through no fault of their own. For example if the driver pulls away abruptly before someone has sat down, they may trip and fall, injuring themselves in the process. This is just one example. It may also potentially happen when an elderly person gets off a bus.
What injuries might be experienced in this case?
Elderly people are far more prone to injuries if they fall than people of a younger age. Bones become more brittle and people are frailer, and that can lead to severe bruising, broken bones and other injuries potentially. While one person may not be too badly hurt someone else might experience nasty injuries as a result of a trip, slip or fall. This is why the vast majority of bus drivers provide such a good service, to ensure that things like this are not likely to happen.
Could you be entitled to compensation?
There are cases where people are injured and they do not seek advice on whether or not they could seek compensation. However, if you have been injured and you know someone else was at fault for causing those injuries, such as a bus driver for example, Accident Advice Helpline could be in a good position to help you. Call us on 0800 689 0500 now or take our free 30-second online test to get some quick answers to your questions. No win, no fee* claims are easier to start than you might think, so learn more from our team now.
Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen