Injured and need an accident solicitor in Ashwater to manage your claim?
Coach holidays around rural Devon are popular especially with retired people as it is a restful way of travelling around and seeing new parts of the country. There are many safety procedures for travelling by coach that are put in place in order to prevent accidents.
If the worst happens and an accident does occur, then a claim can be made if the accident wasn’t the fault of the injured person.
Many people choose to ask Accident Advice Helpline to help them do this, so that they can get expert legal help and support on a no-win, no- fee basis. There are many ways to help keep yourself safe on coach journeys and here are a selection.
Accident solicitor in Ashwater advice for safety on coaches
Take some time when you get on the coach to read any safety information that is given to you. This may be in the form of a written leaflet or card. You may also be given verbal safety information by the driver or another member of staff, and you should listen carefully to this. It is provided to keep you safe and to let you know what you should do if an accident occurs.
It is best to take your seat promptly and not to block the gangway with your bags and other belongings; they could present a trip hazard for other people on the coach.
One of the main ways of preventing serious injuries is to use seatbelts. People who have worn a seatbelt in a coach crash generally have less severe injuries than those who didn’t.
If an accident is to occur, there will probably be an emergency exit procedure which you should follow before doing anything else. The priority is always your own safety and that of the other passengers on board. Make sure that you know where all of the exit points are in the vehicle. Knowing where just one is may not be enough as that one may be blocked or inaccessible.
In an emergency
If an emergency does occur, then you should listen out for instructions from the driver or another member of staff. Then leave the coach by the exit that is most appropriate.
The driver should indicate a safe place for you to stand. If this is not possible, for example because the driver himself is injured, then find a safe place to wait away from any traffic and wait for the emergency services to arrive.
Do not attempt to take your luggage with you – this will only slow you down and could block the exit for other passengers to get off the coach. Never return to the vehicle unless a member of the emergency services has specifically told you that it is safe to do so.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to connect with an expert accident solicitor in Ashwater
If you require an accident solicitor in Ashwater, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline and seek advice on how to make a coach crash claim. We can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 18th July 2013
Author: Sharon Parry