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As a nation we use buses every day. We commute, we shop, and we act as tourists using buses in cities, towns and the countryside. Our country relies on public transport, of which bus transportation could be said to be the backbone.
With 42,000 buses travelling everyday on Britain’s roads, it is inevitable that some of us will be involved in an accident whilst using public transport.
If you have sustained an injury as a result of an accident on a bus or coach that wasn’t your fault you may be able to claim compensation.
As a passenger on a bus which has been in an accident, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Here are some examples of common situations that can result in an accident and injury, which you may be able to claim for:
If your bus collides with another vehicle, at no fault of your bus driver
If your bus collides with another vehicle and your bus driver is at fault
When your bus could be classified as officially ‘unsafe’
When your driver makes a mistake or is suffering from fatigue
The road that you are travelling upon is poorly maintained and/or the road markings are unclear
When you are travelling on a bus (or a coach) you should always take every possible precaution to ensure that you are safe from harm in the event of an accident. Always remember to help yourself and to do the following:
Fasten your seatbelt, if there is one available
Store your luggage securely, do not allow it to obstruct the aisle
Never distract the driver without good reason
Do not move around the bus or obstruct the aisle unnecessarily
It’s common for more than one person to suffer an injury in a bus accident. If there is a group of you that have the same cause for action then you can undertake Group Litigation, which means that you will act as a single group in order to pursue your compensation claims. If you and others wish to proceed with a claim as a group, the solicitor will need the details of all injured parties.
The first stage of this process is to issue a Group Litigation Order (GLO), our solicitors at Paul Rooney can prepare and submit this on your behalf.
We are currently working on a number of group litigation cases and have the experience and expertise to pursue your case successfully and to ensure you receive the compensation that you deserve.
School Bus Accidents
Since 2006, it has been illegal for a child over the age of 14 not to wear a seatbelt if there is one available. It is also necessary, by law, for the driver of the bus to take all reasonable steps to ensure that every passenger on a school bus is aware that they are required to wear a seatbelt when the bus is in motion and one is available.
If you or your child were not notified of this, either by an announcement, a prominent sign or an audio/visual presentation, the driver has committed an offence and you could be entitled to financial compensation for any injuries sustained during an accident that involves the bus that you or your child were travelling on.
Bus and Coach Accidents Abroad
Road accidents that result in personal injury can happen whether you are here in the UK on a coach trip or bus, or in a foreign country.
If you have been involved in an accident whilst you have been away be aware that compensation claims for injuries in accidents taking place overseas can be very complicated due to the differing legal systems and regulations involved. Do not be disheartened if you have been involved in a coach or bus accident overseas and have sustained an injury, you may still be able to make a claim for compensation.
It will help your claim significantly if you are able to obtain details relating to, and surrounding the journey, such as;
Where you were travelling,
Driver and vehicle details, i.e. name of the driver, route number, vehicle registration
Estimated speed the vehicle was travelling
The stability of the vehicle and the safety precautions
It stands to reason that the more details you are able to provide the better chance the solicitor will have in pursuing a potential claim on your behalf.
At Paul Rooney Solicitors we can advise you as to how a compensation claim can be made and the validity of your claim according to the country it is to be made in.
It is important that any information regarding your accident is always recorded in as much detail as possible by taking photographs of the scene and exchanging details with other victims of the accident and any other witnesses. Also, we advise that you keep all of the paperwork relating to your holiday arrangement, i.e. any correspondence with your travel agent, authorities and medical staff, as well as keeping a symptoms and financial loss diary.
Bus Driver Injuries
If you are the driver of a bus or coach and have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Have a look at what you need to do following an accident on our road traffic accident page.
Your employer has a legal obligation to ensure that you are in a position of safety when you carry out your job as a bus or coach driver. If you have been injured due to defective equipment, such as a poorly maintained bus, you may be able to make an accident at work claim. As always it is important that you record and keep any information such as service history of the vehicle, details of the accident and witness details that could be useful to your case.
If you have suffered an injury as a driver of a bus or coach our team of expert road traffic accident solicitors can help you to get the compensation you truly deserve. Contact us for advice and guidance on how to make a claim.
Need more advice?
Whatever your injury or involvement in the accident, it’s important to get specialist advice from an experienced solicitor. Our claims team have plenty of experience in bus and coach accident claims and can advise you at any stage of your claim or potential claim, so don’t struggle in silence- call us for a free initial advice session.