Travelling by bus can be easier and more convenient than travelling by car. People who cannot drive may rely on this mode of travel to get from A to B. Additionally, travelling into towns and cities where traffic and parking can be problematic is sometimes made easier if you choose to go by bus instead. It is a convenient way to get around for many, and even those who do drive sometimes opt for the bus to make life easier. Moreover, few of those who choose to travel in this way ever have cause to make bus accident claims, thereby proving its safety. With thousands of people choosing this mode of transport every day – probably hundreds of thousands across the entire country – it is rare indeed to come across someone who has made a claim.
However, there are rare examples that show how you could become involved in a bus accident. For instance, another vehicle could crash into the bus, hurting some of those on board. While bus drivers are highly-trained and experienced in driving large buses, they cannot always prevent accidents happening that are clearly caused by others.
The symptoms of a crash
The symptoms of bus accident injuries can be difficult to assess, because some may not develop until a while afterwards – the best example of this being whiplash. You may also think you’ve only bruised your arm, wrist, or hand after striking it in the collision, and yet later it may be revealed you have suffered a fracture. Since seat belts are not provided on buses, there is a greater potential for injuries to occur if a collision takes place. Even if the bus is travelling below 30mph, or even below 20mph, there is a chance several passengers could be hurt if something goes wrong.
Another example would be if a bus was accidentally driven under a low bridge and the top of the bus was sheared off. Very few incidents of this nature ever occur, but most of us have seen photos of such instances in the news. They tend to make the news precisely because of their rarity, and thankfully, most passengers survive such instances even if they are sitting upstairs at the front.
How could you be hurt on a bus?
If the bus comes to a sudden stop, whether in an accident or through an emergency stop by the driver, you could be flung forwards. With no seat belt to protect you, you may hit your head, or suffer impact injuries to other parts of your body. You will probably have very little time to do anything to brace yourself against the impact, even if you see what is about to happen. Even if you can brace yourself, you could still suffer head injuries, or injuries to your hands or arms or shoulders, as a result of the impact ricocheting through those parts of your body.
Therefore, treating bus accident injuries is very important, and if you are in any accident like this, you should be checked over by your GP or a medical professional as soon as possible afterwards. Depending on the severity of the accident, ambulances may be called if the crash was a serious one, and people are clearly injured. The police may also attend the scene, and they will create an accident report. This report could well help you when you think about making bus accident claims. Indeed, in an accident of this type, many passengers may end up making bus accident claims because of what occurred.
Furthermore, you may not think of the long-term effects of being involved in a bus accident. You may well feel emotional and nervous of boarding a bus again, for example. Anxiety, panic attacks, and PTSD (otherwise known as post-traumatic stress disorder) will all have the potential to crop up. Some people may not be affected, but if you suffer from this type of psychological issue following an accident, any claim made could consider this as well.
As with physical injuries, it is vital to get a proper diagnosis for any emotional fallout that might stem from an accident like this. If you receive a diagnosis, this can be used in evidence for your claim. Therefore, compensation could be sought for these issues as well as for your physical injuries.
Could we assist you with bus accident claims?
Would it surprise you to learn our personal injury lawyers have already closed successful bus accident claims for other people? Claiming for a bus accident is something our lawyers may be able to do on your behalf, if you have evidence of negligence to back up your claim. So, don’t be worried about whether bus accident claims could work for you or not. We will assess your situation, find out what happened, and use all the evidence available to us to work out whether any compensation might be due to be issued to you. Our experience puts us in the best position to provide you with the support and reassurance you need. Bus accident claims could be easier to process than you would think with our help.
The cost of claiming for a bus accident isn’t something to be worried about, either. The no-win, no-fee* format of claiming which our personal injury lawyers adhere to mean you’re always safe. So, call 0800 689 0500 now to reach Accident Advice Helpline with ease, or ring 0333 500 0993 from your mobile if you wish.
Date Published: 18th April 2017
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Bus accident claims