Bus Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

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If you have been injured in a bus accident that was not your fault, we can help you to claim the compensation you are entitled to. We have many years of experience in bus accident claims UK wide, and we are dedicated to securing the maximum payout amounts for all of our clients. For more information, read on.

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A guide to bus accident claims

In this guide, we reveal everything you need to know about country and city bus accident settlements. This includes information on making a claim, the different types of bus accident claims, average compensation payout amounts, what you can claim for, and much more. Read on to find out more, and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

What is a bus accident injury?

A bus accident injury is any type of injury that has been sustained while travelling on a bus or getting on or off a bus. The most obvious cases involve bus crashes. However, there are many other types of bus accidents and injuries that could occur. For example, you may suffer an injury due to slipping on a spillage on the bus. No matter what has happened, so long as the accident was not your fault, we can secure bus compensation for you.

Bus accident statistics

The most recent statistics from Transport of London (TfL) reveal that there are 2.6 injuries per million passenger journeys. As you can see, injury rates are low, yet bus accidents can happen at any time. In fact, TfL have also revealed that coaches and busses are involved in eight per cent of all road collisions that result in injuries.

What to do if you are involved in a bus accident causing injury

If you have been involved in a bus crash or any type of bus accident that has resulted in an injury, it is important to take the necessary steps to gather evidence for your claim. This includes the following:

  • See a doctor – It is vital to see a medical professional, not only for your health, but also for your claim. This is because the medical report that your doctor puts together will be used to calculate how much compensation you receive.
  • Take photographs – If applicable, take photographs of your injuries, as well as of the scene.
  • Get witness contact information – Witness statements can really help to strengthen your case, which is why it is important to get witness contact information.
  • Make a note of everything that happened – As soon as you get the opportunity; make a note of everything that happened. This will ensure you do not forget anything important later down the line.
  • Keep proof of any expenses – Keep proof of any expenses you have encountered as a direct consequence of your injuries. This could be anything from loss of income to medical costs.

How to make a claim against a bus company

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It is easy to make claims against bus companies when you work with us. All you need to do is give us a call and we will handle everything for you. We begin the process with a free consultancy fact-finding session. We will ask you a number of questions so that we can advise you in the best possible manner.

We also work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that anyone is able to make a claim, as you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. You can find out more information about this below. Plus, we can also arrange a local medical for you, free of charge.

Bus accident at work claims

If you work for a bus or coach company, and you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you will be able to make a claim. It is your employer’s duty to provide you with a safe and healthy work environment, and if they have not done this, they are responsible for your injuries. They may have failed to provide you with adequate training, for example, or they may have failed to maintain their fleet of coaches properly. Alternatively, the person at fault could be another driver on the road, in which case you will make a claim against them.

Bus accident slip trip or fall claims

If you have been injured on a bus as a consequence of a slip, trip, or fall, you will be able to make a claim so long as the incident was not your fault. Perhaps there was a spillage on the bus and you slipped and hurt yourself? Maybe you fell because the driver was careless and suddenly stopped or accelerated? No matter what has happened, call us today to find out more about bus accident claims and what we can do for you.

My child suffered an injury while on a school bus who do I claim against?

If your child has been injured while on a school bus, you will be able to make a claim, so long as the incident was not your child’s fault. You can make a personal injury claim on your child’s behalf. If you do not, your child can also make a claim once they turn 18. They will have three years from the date of their 18th birthday. However, it is better that you do so, as the details will be fresh in your mind and it will be easier to claim.

Can I claim compensation if my bus driver did an emergency stop causing me to get whiplash?

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained as a consequence of road traffic accidents. A lot of people assume that whiplash is a minor injury, but this is not always the case. Plus, whiplash is often a lot more painful than it first seems, as symptoms get worse over time. If you have sustained whiplash because your bus driver had to make an emergency stop due to carelessness or negligence, you will be able to launch a claim for personal injury compensation.

Top 5 bus companies in the UK

  • Arriva.
  • First group.
  • Go ahead group.
  • National express.
  • Stagecoach group.

If you have been injured while travelling on a bus or coach that is run by one of the above companies, or any other company, we can help you to launch a bus accident compensation claim. Don’t let the size of the business put you off from making a claim. If you have been injured in an accident and it was not your fault, you are entitled to compensation, and we will make sure you get it.

What can be claimed for after a bus accident causing injury?

If you have been injured in a bus accident, you will be able to claim for the following:

  • General damages – This payout is designed to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Loss of earnings – You can also claim for loss of future earnings.
  • Medical expenses – those which can be attributed to the accident you suffered.
  • Travel expenses – those which are directly related to or which were caused by the accident and your injuries.
  • Care claim – If you have required assistance around the home while you recover, the person that has cared for you can file a care claim.

The most common causes of bus accidents

There are many different types of bus and coach accidents that can take place. These include the following:

  • A person being hit by a bus as they cross the road.
  • Someone who is standing due to a lack of seats is thrown off by unexpected braking or the acceleration of the bus.
  • Damaged or faulty equipment on the bus causes an injury.
  • The bus driver has to veer off course due to another motorist causing an obstruction.
  • Someone is hit by a bus while waiting at a bus stop.
  • Brakes are abruptly applied, causing a passenger to bang their head on the seat.
  • While a passenger is making their way to a seat, the driver moves off and accelerates.
  • A passenger falls after slipping on rubbish or spilt liquid in the aisle.
  • The driver closes the bus doors before a person is able to get on or off.
  • The driver hits a stationary object or another vehicle due to losing concentration.

Whose responsibility is it for a bus accident?

When launching any type of personal injury claim, the most important factor is determining who is responsible for the accident. In order to successfully secure compensation, you need to show that someone else is to blame for your injuries.

When it comes to bus accidents, it will typically be the bus driver or the bus company that is to blame for your suffering. While you are expected to heed warning signs and use the bus safely, it is the responsibility of the bus driver and the business they work for to deliver you safely and unharmed to your destination.

Your bus driver has a duty to drive in a safe manner all of the time. However, there are crashes whereby the bus driver is not to blame. For example, another motorist could have caused the accident. You will still be able to make a claim in these instances too.

In fact, most buses now carry CCTV cameras, which are exceptionally helpful to both parties. CCTV will be able to show how the driver acted and, therefore, who is responsible for your injuries.

How much compensation will I get after a bus accident causing injury?

One question we often get asked is: if we make accident claims, how much compensation do we get? We understand that you will want to know how much bus compensation you are entitled to. However, it is impossible to provide you with an accurate figure. This is because every case is different, and there are a number of varied factors that are considered when determining a payout amount. Some companies may claim to provide you with a compensation figure, but this will only ever be a rough estimate. The same goes for the compensation calculators that have become popular online.

We won’t ever make false promises and build your hopes up by stating a compensation figure that may not be achievable. What we can do, though, is provide you with the average compensation payouts for injuries that are typically sustained during bus accidents. If you cannot find the injury you have sustained below, all you need to do is give us a call and we will happily provide further clarity.

Pain and suffering£1,000 - £200,000The level of suffering and pain experienced will drive the compensation amount received.
Mental anguish£3,550Expectation of end of life and fear of death.
Severe psychological damage£41,675 - £88,000Cases where the prognosis is poor. There will also be marked effects with regards to: whether medical help has been sought, future vulnerability, the extent to which treatment would be a success, the effect on the injured person’s relationships, and the claimant’s ability to cope with work and life.
Moderately severe psychological damage£14,500 - £41,675These cases are similar to those above, yet the prognosis will be more optimistic.
Moderate psychological damage£4,450 - £14,500The claimant may have some of the problems mentioned in the above categories, yet there will be marked improvement by the time of the trial, as well as a good prognosis.
Less severe psychological damage£1,170 - £4,450These cases fall short of a certain disorder or phobia. Instead, compensation is awarded based on the length of the period of disability and the extent to which sleep and daily activities were impacted.
Digestive system injuries from traumatic injuries£5,000 - £32,700At the higher end of the bracket, the payout is for severe damage that results in continual discomfort and pain. At the lower end of the bracket, the payout is for serious seat-belt pressure cases.
Severe neck injuries£34,575 - £112,750The maximum payout is for neck injuries that result in permanent spastic quadriparesis or incomplete paraplegia. At the lower end of the bracket, the payout is for injuries that cause severe soft tissue damage, as well as dislocations or fractures.
Moderate neck injuries£6,000 - £19,000The lower payout is for injuries that may have exacerbated or accelerated a pre-existing condition. The maximum payout is for dislocations or fractures that cause severe symptoms straightaway.
Minor neck injuriesA few hundred pounds - £6,000At the lower end of the bracket are cases whereby a full recovery is made within a few months. Aside from this, the payout will be determined based on a number of different factors. This includes: the need to take medication to control discomfort and pain, the extent of any treatment needed, the impact of the injuries on the injured person’s ability to work, the intensity of the pain experienced, the consistency of the symptoms, and the severity of the neck injury.
Severe back injuries£53,000 - £122,350Lower payouts are for cases involving disc fractures or disc lesions, or soft tissue injuries, which lead to chronic conditions. Higher payouts are for the most severe back injuries, which involve damage to the nerve roots and spinal cords.
Moderate back injuries£9,500 - £29,475Lower payouts are for cases involving the disturbance of the muscles and ligaments, which give rise to soft tissue injuries and backache. The maximum payout is for cases where there is any residual disability of a lesser severity when compared to the cases of severe back injuries mentioned above.
Minor back injuriesA few hundred pounds - £9,500Lower payouts are for cases whereby a full recovery is made within a few months. Otherwise, compensation is calculated based on a number of different factors. This includes the extent of any treatment required, the degree of pain experienced, the consistency of symptoms, and the severity of the original injury.

No Win No Fee bus accident injury claims

One of the main features of our service is the fact that we handle all bus accident claims on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that anyone is able to launch a compensation claim, irrespective of his or her current financial situation. If you were to opt for the services of a solicitor that charged per hour, there would always be the risk that you would end up with a huge legal bill to pay yet no compensation at the end of it. This risk is, understandably, too great for most people. Plus, there are those that simply do not have the money available to fund a compensation claim upfront.

You don’t need to worry about any of this when you take advantage of our No Win No Fee service. This is because you are only going to need to pay legal fees if we secure compensation for you. If, for some reason, your case is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay a penny. This offers you the financial security that you do not get when working with a solicitor that charges per hour. Not only this, but you can be certain that we will never waste your time. We only take on personal injury cases that we believe have a genuine chance of compensation.

Why choose us as your claims service for a bus accident injury claim?

There are many reasons why you should choose us as your Claims Management Company if you want to make a claim for bus injury compensation. Firstly, we have many years of experience in the industry. We have helped many personal injury victims to get the compensation they deserve, and this includes working on a large number of bus claims. Not only do we have the expertise, but we also have an exceptional reputation to back it up. You only need to view the feedback left by some of our previous clients to see that this is the case.

One of the main reasons we have been able to achieve such impeccable reviews is because we genuinely care about our customers. We know that you are going through an incredibly difficult period, which is why we will do all in our power to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible. We focus on your case, so you can focus on your recovery. We won’t hassle you, but we will always be available should you need us.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you have been injured in a bus accident that was not your fault, get in touch with us today to start the process of making a compensation claim. You can reach our polite and professional team by dialling 0161 696 9685. We are more than happy to answer any queries you may have, no matter how big or small. Or, if you are ready to get started, we will match you to the best No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel of solicitors based on the ins and outs of your case.

Helpful links

Government information and statistics on buses

This link takes you to the UK Government website where you will find information about the local bus sector in Great Britain. This includes statistics on everything from levels of revenue to vehicle miles.

TfL publishes latest bus safety statistics

This link takes you to an article on the Transport for London’s (TfL) most recent bus safety statistics.

Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain

This link takes you to the UK Government’s page on Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain. You will be able to apply for an operator licence, check operator licence applications, find out about running a local bus service, and much more.

NHS – Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries experienced after a bus accident. This link takes you to the NHS page for whiplash. You will find information on the symptoms of whiplash, when to get medical advice, causes, treatments, and outlook.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Whiplash?

If you have suffered a whiplash injury after a bus accident contact us today to make a no win no fee claim or get free legal advice.