Due to the sheer size of buses and coaches any impact with another vehicle usually results with passengers being jolted and falling (sometimes severely) as it is unusual for a bus or coach to suffer any real structural damage.
With a staggering amount of vehicles on the UK roads today estimated at around 35 million many of us commute on public transport. Over 5 billion bus passenger journeys are made each year thankfully nearly all are accident free.
However an bus accidents are in fact twice as likely to happen than in any other vehicle on the road. That said travelling on a bus is the third safest method of transport.
Injury and sometimes serious injury can be sustained as a result of a coach or bus accidents as current laws do not require coach or bus operators to install safety belts as standard and therefore it is not uncommon for people to be standing on their journey and in the event of an accident lose their balance and fall.
Bus operator & drivers responsibilities
The bus or coach operator together with the driver has a responsibility to ensure the vehicle is in a road worthy condition, and is fit for purpose. There should be no broken seats, loose items, trip hazards or any broken parts that could cause an injury to a passenger regardless of an accident taking place.
It is the responsibility of the driver to:
- Make sure all passengers are safe before moving off.
- Standing passengers should be holding on properly.
- If seating is available then standing passengers are seated.
- They should recognise passenger needs and requirements when boarding and alighting.
- Ensure the general comfort and ride of passengers is acceptable even under tight schedules.
Bus and coach drivers have come under scrutiny for their driving proficiency as on occasions drivers can cause accidents on buses by pulling away to quickly before people are seated, braking sharply or unevenly causing passengers to lose their balance and fall over.
If passengers are injured as a result of the driver’s actions they would be entitled to claim for injury compensation.
To successfully claim compensation, a passenger would have to:
- Identify why the driver braked abruptly to determine if it was a case of the driver driving erratically or in order to avoid an accident. If it was to avoid an accident and the bus driver braked to avoid a collision your claim would potentially be against the other driver and not the bus driver. You would need to obtain the other drivers details and witness evidence.
- If you can show that the bus driver pulled away too quickly before you were seated or braked violently causing you to fall and suffer a bad injury then potentially you would be able to make a claim for compensation against the bus drivers/operators insurance company.
- If the bus you are travelling on is involved in an accident and you sustain an injury you will need to establish who is responsible, either the bus driver or the other party involved before you can make a claim.
The are a large number of senior citizens who use the bus to travel and therefore a fall on a bus can have severe consequences sometimes resulting in serious injury to a passenger.
If you have fallen on a bus because of someone else’s fault then we would advise you to see a doctor as soon as possible to have your injuries checked and recorded if you intend to make a claim for compensation.
Claiming for injuries caused in bus accidents
If you have been injured whilst travelling on a bus or coach and feel that is was the result of someone else’s negligence then please contact us today and talk directly to an injury solicitor who will be able to advise you if you would be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Accident Claims Assistance operates on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis so if your compensation claim doesn’t succeed you don’t have to worry about it costing you a penny.