Generally, motor travel in the UK is relatively safe. In the past ten years, road accidents in the whole of the EU have fallen by nearly 40%, which reflects improved road conditions and tighter regulations making road travel safer for everyone. Shockingly, however, road traffic accidents are still the number one cause of death among young people. This just goes to show that, while conditions are improving, we have a long way to go before we can say that our roads are completely safe.
Common injuries on a bus or coach
Despite the conscientiousness of our drivers, buses and coaches are just as vulnerable to traffic accidents as every other vehicle. The most common accident, therefore, is collisions either with other vehicles or with stationary objects. These collisions can be caused by the poor condition of the vehicle, the negligence of other drivers, or adverse weather conditions. While a number of injuries can result, the most common is whiplash, which is where the neck is flung quickly forwards and backwards, or over-extended beyond its normal length due to force.
What is less well known, however, is that a number of injuries can happen on buses even without an accident taking place. The most common is slips or falls in the gangway due to spillages or the driver’s erratic braking. The second most common is slips and falls due to obstacles being placed in the gangway, either by the driver or other passengers.
What to do if you have been injured on a bus or coach
If you have been injured on a bus or coach through no fault of your own, either in an accident or due to a spillage or obstacle on the bus, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists to compensate the victims of others’ negligence not just for their pain and suffering, but also for any financial losses they may face as a result of their injury.
To find out more about personal injury compensation, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be happy to discuss your situation in detail and will be able to let you know whether or not you may have a valid claim, as well as how much compensation you could receive. If you choose to go ahead with a claim, it will most likely be done entirely over the telephone, and on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: February 18, 2014
Author: David Brown