We all use various methods for getting from A to B in our daily lives. For example, if you like to get a good dose of exercise each day, you might walk to work or to the shops, or you might choose to cycle. Other people may resort to their own cars or motorbikes to complete their journeys, especially if they have many miles or a difficult journey to cover. Not all parts of the country are covered by public transport. Still more do use public transport, whether that means a train or a bus, for instance. But in most cases, we all complete whatever journeys we must make without being involved in transport accidents of any kind.
With that said, there are transport accidents occurring every day across the country. Many of these are entirely avoidable, and human error is often to blame for them occurring. A moment’s lapse of concentration may lead to one vehicle colliding with another. Someone may cross the road at a designated crossing and yet they are struck by a vehicle whose driver did not see them. There are many things that can go wrong, although thankfully, most of us will never experience or witness transport accidents of any sort.
What kinds of injuries might you experience in transport accidents?
Most people who are injured in accidents on the roads or in trains or planes or other vehicles either get away without any injuries, or suffer only mild injuries. A small number may suffer more serious injuries, and sadly, a very small number might lose their lives if the accident leads to injuries that cannot be treated or healed in time to save them.
Minor injuries might include things like whiplash or bruising to the parts of the body held in the vehicle by a seat belt. Of course, not all vehicles will have seat belts. If you are riding on a scooter, a motorbike, or a bicycle, the injuries you receive could be very different. You might receive extensive cuts and grazes as you land on the road surface or pavement.
If an accident occurred on a bus, a train, or a plane, the injuries might be caused by being flung forwards and striking the seat in front of you. These could lead to head or neck injuries, or cuts and bruising to the face. Much depends on the speeds involved in the accident – the faster the vehicle is travelling, the more likely it is you will be more seriously injured.
Can transport accidents be avoided?
Many of them can, if we all take greater care to pay close attention to our surroundings and we make sure we do not take any undue risks. For example, we might be so used to taking the same route to and from work, we do not take the right amount of care we normally would. This could make the difference between completing the journey safely and being injured.
If you have already been in an accident while walking, riding, or taking some form of public transport or travelling in your own vehicle, you may be thinking back to what happened and wondering if you could have prevented it. The issue of blame is worth considering here, because if you were the innocent party, you might be able to claim compensation for your own injuries.
What should you do if you are in an accident like this?
The first thing to do is to seek medical help if you or anyone else is injured. You should also get the details of everyone else involved, whether there are one or more drivers or other parties to the accident. Get the details of witnesses, too, as they could provide crucial evidence for what happened that could be useful later. If you do end up claiming for compensation, their evidence could help prove a third party’s negligence was the cause of what happened.
Even if you suspect you only have minor injuries, it is worth getting checked out. This is because you could have injuries you aren’t aware of, and you can also get any obvious injuries treated. You will then have an accurate record of those injuries that can be used to help prove they exist when you go on to try and claim compensation.
Do make sure you seek advice from your GP later as well, if you experience any other symptoms or concerns. Very often, you won’t realise how you feel until the day after, when the adrenaline has gone and any bruising and aching begins to make itself known. You probably won’t begin the process of trying to claim compensation for transport accidents straight away, but waiting for a few days means you will be able to cover all the injuries you have. You do have three years from the date your accident happened to begin a claim, too, so this gives you ample time to recover and to consider your position.
Can we help you claim for transport accidents?
If you were involved in an accident on a train, boat, plane, or motorbike; or in a car, bus, coach, or van, or even as a pedestrian, we may be able to help. If you suspect you have proof a third party was responsible for causing the accident, you should get in touch with our experienced advisors, to chat with them about the likelihood that you could make a compensation claim.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 (or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile). We have an online test to try too, which takes around 30 seconds to complete and provides the answers you’re looking for. If our professional injury compensation lawyers can help, they’ll do so on a no-win, no-fee basis, as they have for many others who have had transport accidents.
Find out more now and don’t leave it too late to do something – remember, you have three years to lodge a claim, so you could still claim for an accident that happened a while back.