Could I Get Compensation After An Accident On A Bus?

If you have been injured due to an accident on a bus, you could be owed compensation. All road users have a legal duty of care to one another. This includes those who drive public transport vehicles.

Accident on a bus claim guide

Accident on a bus claim guide

The duty of care extends to bus drivers having to act and drive in a way that keeps the risk of their passengers and others on road being injured to a minimum.

If this duty of care is breached, then you could be injured. Therefore, it’s possible that you could be owed compensation for your physical pain and mental suffering. You may also be able to claim back any costs that are directly associated with your injuries.

Knowing when you have a legitimate claim may seem confusing, but we are here to explain the circumstances that could entitle you to claim. Speaking with us directly is the best way for you to receive guidance specific to your situation. Our contact information is below: 

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  1. Can I Claim Compensation For An Accident On A Bus?
  2. Examples Of Bus Accidents And Injuries
  3. How To Prove A Bus Accident Claim
  4. Compensation Payouts After An Accident On A Bus
  5. How Do No Win No Fee Claims Work?
  6. Learn More About Claims Involving An Accident On A Bus

Can I Claim Compensation For An Accident On A Bus?

As mentioned above, a claim for injuries sustained in a bus or coach accident must stem from a breach of a duty of care. For road users such as bus drivers, this duty of care can be upheld by following the guidelines laid out in the Highway Code.

Whilst not everything in the code is legally binding, breaking any of these rules might result in a driver being found responsible for a road traffic accident that occurs as a result of their negligence. 

If your accident on a bus has been caused by the driver not adhering to the rules set out in the Highway Code, then this can be said to be a breach of their duty of care. If their negligence leads to injuries, you might be eligible to claim compensation for the harm you were caused.

Bus Injury And Accident Statistics

We can see by government statistics that casualties to bus and coach occupants have been generally on the decline in recent years. From January-June of 2021, there was a reduction of at least 51% in each month when compared to the average of 2017-2019.

You can see these figures in more detail in the graph below.

Accident on a bus statistics graph

For more information on claiming compensation for an accident on a bus, get in touch with our team.

Examples Of Bus Accidents And Injuries

This section includes some examples of injuries that could be sustained due to an accident on a bus.

  • Broken bones or fractures – for example, the force of an impact could throw you from your seat and cause broken bones such as a knee fracture injury.
  • Cuts/lacerations – the glass in the bus windows could be shattered during the accident. This could lead to the shards cutting your skin, causing blood loss and scarring.
  • Paralysis – damage to the neck or back could result in temporary or permanent loss of sensation or use in various areas of the body, including your limbs.
  • Psychological damage – conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can arise as a result of the mental trauma you’re put through during the accident.
  • Death – some extreme scenarios could lead to fatalities. A fatal claim can still be made on behalf of the deceased person.

It’s important to note that it is not only the driver of the bus who can be at fault for a bus accident claim. For example, the accident could be caused by the actions of another driver. If this is the case, the claim would be made against the at-fault driver.

Alternatively, the accident could have been caused due to unsuitable road conditions. It may be the responsibility of the local council to make sure that roads are maintained to an acceptable standard, for example, by repairing potholes. 

For more information on claiming for injuries sustained in an accident on a bus, speak with an advisor today.

How To Prove A Bus Accident Claim

In order to prove your personal injury claim, you’ll need to acquire evidence. There are a few different forms that you may find useful in supporting your claim.

Examples include:

  • Medical reports – these will be generated by you receiving medical treatment. They’ll contain information such as how you were treated, the extent of your injuries, the medication you were prescribed, and so on.
  • CCTV footage – you have a legal right to request CCTV footage of yourself.
  • Photographs – pictures of the cause of the accident and of your visible injuries can come in very useful.
  • Witness statements – the written account of others involved in the accident.
  • You may also be invited to attend an independent medical assessment. This is so that your injuries can be verified. The report from this assessment will be used to value your claim. 

If you’d like more information on claiming compensation for harm caused by an accident on a bus, get in touch today.

Compensation Payouts After An Accident On A Bus

Compensation for an accident on a bus can be made up of more than one figure. Firstly, there is the amount that’s calculated to account for your injuries – both psychological and physical. It’s known as general damages. Legal professionals use a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to assist them in valuing this head of your claim.

The JCG contains possible values for a variety of injuries that could be caused by negligence. Things like the severity of the injury can affect how much the injury could be worth. In general, more serious injuries tend to be worth more in compensation. We’ve included some example entries in the table below.

Mental anguish(E) When you think you may die£4,380
Paralysis(b) Paraplegia£205,580 to £266,740
Brain damage(b) Moderately severe£205,580 to £264,650
Brain damage(d) Less severe with a good recovery£14,380 to £40,410
Post-traumatic stress disorder(b) Moderately severe£21,730 to £56,180
Chest(c) Chest, lung(s), and/or heart is permanently damaged due to traumatic injuries£29,380 to £51,460
Chest(g) Rib fractures or soft tissue injuriesUp to £3,710
Neck(c) Minor - (iii) fully healed within 3 monthsUp to £2,300
Shoulder(e) Fractured clavicle£4,830 to £11,490
Arm(d) Simple fractures of the forearm£6,190 to £18,020

In addition to general damages, you may also be awarded special damages. This payment compensates you for expenditures and losses that can be directly attributed to your injuries. 

Loss of earnings is a good example of this. If your injuries have resulted in your being unable to work then you could miss out on wages. These earnings could be reimbursed to you if you can present payslips or something similar to prove how much you could have earned over this period.

Get in touch today to find out what else could be considered eligible for a special damages payment. 

How Do No Win No Fee Claims Work?

All of the expert bus accident personal injury solicitors on our panel operate under a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that you aren’t required to pay them anything if you are not awarded compensation.

If your claim is a success, their payment is covered by a percentage taken from your settlement. This percentage is subject to a legal cap. 

Making a claim without legal representation is permitted. However, you might find that legal representation helps the claims process run more smoothly. With this kind of agreement in place, you won’t be expected to pay upfront for this kind of guidance and support. 

Get in touch today to see if you could make a No Win No Fee claim.

Speak To Us To About A Bus Accident Claim 

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Learn More About Claims Involving An Accident On A Bus

The links below will take you to more information on the topic of being involved in an accident on a bus and related subjects.

  1. Advice from the NHS on broken bones.
  2. Find out more about how a litigation friend could claim on your behalf.
  3. Read about whiplash symptoms and what to do if you sustain this kind of injury.

We also have a bunch of guides on personal injury claims which you can read below: