Coach accident claims have sometimes occurred when a coach has been involved in a road accident, injuring one or more of the passengers inside. There are many ways to think of how you could become involved in a coach accident, but the odds of this happening are very small, thankfully. However, if it has already happened to you in the past three years, you may want to learn more about claiming for a coach accident. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people with coach accident claims and a whole range of other personal injury claims since 2000, and we’re here to make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
How do coach accidents happen?
Many coach accidents are, unfortunately, the result of driver error or negligence on the part of the coach company. For example, if a coach isn’t safe and you cut yourself on a damaged seat or trip on a broken step as you are getting onto or off the coach, you could sustain minor or more serious injuries. Slip injuries are common if the floor of the coach is wet, whilst faulty seat belts can cause injuries in the event of a collision. Dangerous driving is another key cause of coach accidents and if your coach driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving whilst they are tired or just distracted at the wheel then there is a possibility that you could be injured in an accident. The coach company could be held responsible for your injuries and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation if this has happened to you, and you shouldn’t be shy about coming forward to make a claim, as there are likely to be others in the same position as you if you were injured in a collision.
What types of injuries could you make coach accident claims for?
Injuries caused in a coach accident can range from minor to serious, depending on how your accident happened. Unfortunately, injuries sustained in a collision on a coach have a tendency to be serious, especially if the coach goes off the road or overturns. Here are just a few of the types of injuries which we have handled coach accident claims for:
- Eye injuries
- Head injuries including concussion, skull fractures and brain injuries
- Back and spinal injuries
- Crush injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Internal injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Broken bones
Many of these injuries may require immediate treatment at hospital, and once you have received the treatment you need, you may want to find out more about coach accident claims and decide whether you would like to make one.
Treatment for coach accident injuries
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, looking for the symptoms of coach accident injuries will be most important. With a chance that more than one person will be injured, treating coach accident injuries of the most seriously hurt will be most important. It’s important to seek medical attention for your injuries, even if you think they are minor. This is because if you later decide to pursue a personal injury claim, we will need to see evidence that you sought medical attention and received treatment for your injuries, usually in the form of a medical report from your doctor. Without this, we won’t have evidence of your injuries and you may find you are unable to make a claim.
How long would it take to recover from injuries caused in this instance?
This depends on so many factors, and it is impossible to say for certain in any case. The long-term effects of being involved in a coach accident can be extensive. Someone may receive injuries they cannot fully recover from, and their life may change significantly as a result. Similarly, it would be reasonable to expect emotional injury and upset, too. Some people who are in serious accidents benefit from counselling, even if they have survived relatively unscathed in a physical sense.
Always make sure you are assessed for any injuries following an accident like this. It ensures you are treated appropriately for any injuries you do have, and that you are able to recover well as a result. Your prognosis and the amount of time you will take to recover from your injuries will impact the amount of compensation you could be entitled to receive. For example, if you have sustained serious crush injuries that have led to the loss of a limb, you will never make a full recovery from your injuries, and their life-changing impact on you will be taken into account when we process your claim for personal injury compensation. If, on the other hand, you have taken a few weeks off work with a broken ankle or whiplash, it’s likely that you will make a complete recovery within a few weeks or months at most, and your personal injury settlement will reflect this.
How much compensation is payable for coach accident claims?
This is a question which is really difficult for us to answer. Coach accident claims are similar to any other personal injury claim in that we handle these claims on an individual basis. What does this mean for you? Well, it means we are unable to provide you with an exact figure showing the amount of compensation you will definitely receive if your claim is successful. There are a number of different factors we need to take into account when working out your settlement, and our lawyers draw on their expertise to calculate this accurately and ensure that you are compensated adequately for your pain, suffering and any losses you have experienced. However, if you would like to get an idea of how much you might be able to claim, you could always take the 30-second test on our website right now.
Get in touch with us to make a claim
To learn more, and to see if your own claim could be worth pursuing, you should call free now on 0800 689 0500 to reach the team at Accident Advice Helpline. The other alternative is to use your mobile to ring us on 0333 500 0993. Either way, you are always sure of our experienced guidance and support at a time when you will need it most. We’re here, and we can get you the legal help you need now.
Date Published: 18th April 2017
Author: Rob Steen