Minibuses are a common sight on the roads leading to Cardiff. By day, they transport educational and community groups to the capital city to see the cultural sights. By night, they transport revellers to the bars and clubs. Travelling by minibus is a safe mode of transport and accident claim experts in Cardiff would not expect to deal with many minibus claims every year.
However, accidents can happen and occasionally the passengers of a minibus are left needing the services of a accident claim experts in Cardiff. They need a lawyer to start a claim because they have been injured in a minibus accident that was someone else’s fault. One of the factors that has contributed to some claims handled by a personal injury lawyer is overloading.
How does overloading lead to minibus claims?
Minibuses are designed to operate at a certain maximum load. If a minibus is overloaded, the driver finds that they cannot stop as quickly as they thought they could. The scientific term for this is an increase in braking distance. As a result, the driver is more likely to collide with hazards in the road. An overloaded minibus can also be more difficult to steer around sharp bends and the driver may be more likely to lose control. Minibuses can become ‘top heavy’ and may be more likely to tip over, especially if a lot of objects are stored on the roof.
Safety tips for loading minibuses
There are several things that can be done to make sure that a minibus is not overloaded before the journey starts. It should start by measuring and recording how heavy the minibus is with only fuel and permanent equipment on board. The minibus can be driven onto a weighbridge to do this. Then, it is just a case of applying some basic maths to calculate the difference between the starting weight (the kerbside weight) and the maximum permitted weight. The maximum permitted weight is individual to the minibus and should be available from the manufacturer or dealer. It is the maximum safe operating weight for the vehicle. The difference between the two is the weight that can be made up of the passengers plus their luggage and any equipment that they need to carry. This figure can be recorded on a label in the drivers cab.
How can a accident claim experts in Cardiff help?
If you have been injured in an accident in a minibus that was overloaded then a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you start a personal injury claim. All you have to do is contact Accident Advice Helpline and they will help you to show who was at fault for the accident. Then they will negotiate a sum of compensation for you. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 1st October 2014
Author: Sharon Parry