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Bus Accident Claims

Road Traffic Accident
Travelling by bus is usually a very safe and convenient mode of transport, but occasionally accidents can occur, be they accidents that cause injury to passengers, pedestrians or even the driver. If the accident was caused as a consequence of negligence, it is possible that those injured could make a claim for injury compensation.

Common examples of bus accident injuries include collisions with other vehicles whilst standing still or in motion. Fault can lay with the driver in these circumstances or with the bus driver, driver of the other vehicle or rider of the other bicycle or motorbike. Collisions with cyclists or motorcyclists can occur or injury could even have been caused due to careless driving by the bus driver.

As part of a bus drivers remit it is their responsibility to drive carefully as there can be young or elderly passengers on board who have mobility problems and may still be in the process of finding a seat (although it is not a legal requirement for bus drivers to wait until passengers are seated before taking off). As part of this the driver need to be aware that they are not braking excessively, accelerating quickly or driving too fast.

Due to the sheer size and weight of buses, if you are another driver, rider or pedestrian that has been involved in an accident with a bus, it is extremely important that medical treatment is sought as soon as possible. This will provide treatment to any potential injury as soon as possible and it will also provide evidence of injuries sustained which could be used as part of a claim for compensation.

Steps To Follow If You Have Been Involved in a Bus Accident

Obviously if you have been injured you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, but whilst still at the scene of the accident you should attempt to obtain the following details –

  • Time of the accident, bus number and the details of any other vehicles or people involved in the accident.
  • Details of the police officers attending the scene.
  • Details of the bus driver including driver number.
  • Details of the witnesses (should there be any).
  • If possible try to obtain photographic evidence of the scene of the accident and any injuries sustained. Many modern phones have cameras built-in so you may be able to use your mobile phone to photograph the scene.
  • Remember to retain your bus ticket as evidence that you were on the bus at the time of the accident.

If you have been injured due to a bus accident and you have been able to obtain some or all of the evidence stated above you may be able to claim for injury compensation. To do so you will need to contact a solicitor that specialises in personal injuries. Often these cases will be taken on a no win no fee basis.