Two buses which crashed in County Durham in June 2014 left 28 children and two drivers injured. The children, pupils of St Bede’s School and Tanfield School in Lanchester, were injured when their buses crashed on June 3rd near Stanley.
Now the families of 15 of the children are seeking bus crash compensation from Stanley Travel and Go North-East, the bus operators. The single-decker bus, operated by Stanley Travel, collided with the Go North-East double-decker bus near the A693 junction. Stanley Travel has admitted liability for the incident, which means families seeking bus crash compensation could soon see a settlement agreed.
13 ambulances were needed to treat the injured children and many have suffered serious injuries. An investigation into what caused the crash will take place, to ensure vehicle safety improves in future. One 13 year old, Sean Williamson, suffered bruising to his neck and legs after being struck by a metal bar during the crash. His father commented, “As parents the most important thing at the moment is making sure that our children are okay and get the help they need. But we also want to know exactly what happened so that any lessons can be learnt to stop this from happening again.”
Has your child been injured on a bus journey?
We all use public transport at some point or another, and many of us send our children to school on a public or private bus. We trust the drivers to get our children to school and home again safely, but unfortunately, accidents can happen. It’s important to establish exactly what happened in the event of an accident – any of the following could be classed as negligence on the part of the driver or bus company:
- Careless driving, for example using a mobile phone at the wheel or speeding
- Poorly maintained vehicles – worn tyres which could cause a blow-out, faulty brakes etc.
- Inadequate rest breaks for drivers, leaving them tired and unable to concentrate
If your child has been injured on a bus trip, an investigation will normally reveal what caused the accident. If you decide to claim compensation, contacting a personal injury lawyer can help to establish who is to blame.
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Source: BBC News
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown