Bus Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Cat Stardew. Last Updated 29th June 2022. 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.

We can address claims from all over the country, including London bus accident claims. So, don’t feel like we cannot help you simply because of where your accident in the UK took place. A bus crash claim may seem daunting to begin with, but we are here to assist you. Get in touch for free legal advice and information regarding your circumstances.

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A guide to bus accident claims

In this guide to claiming bus accident compensation, 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.

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Bus accident statistics

In 2019, the government reported that there were 3,085 bus accident casualties in Britain, ranging from minor injuries to fatalities. This shows a decline in casualty rates for bus accidents and is actually the lowest figure for 10 years.

However, this doesn’t mean that bus accidents don’t still happen. On the contrary, we deal with many bus accident claims and could even help yours if you choose to work with us. Our panel of personal injury lawyers will work to win you the bus accident compensation you deserve. To learn more about our services, please read on.

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. To give yourself the best chance of securing the bus accident compensation that you deserve, 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

Bus Accident Claims

Bus Accident Claims

It doesn’t have to be hard to make bus accident claims against bus companies themselves. All you need to do is give us a call and we can handle everything for you. We begin the process with a free fact-finding consultation, where we seek to 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 claims at work

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 to help you get the bus accident compensation you deserve.

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 could be entitled to claim bus accident compensation 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 and is commonly included in bus accident claims. 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 could be entitled to bus accident compensation and we can make sure you get it.

Compensation For A Bus Accident – What Else Can You Claim For?

When you begin a claim for compensation after a bus accident, there are two heads of claim you can pursue: these are general damages, and special damages. General damages is the head of your claim that aims to provide compensation for the pain and suffering you may have experienced as a result of your injuries.

General damages are calculated on a case-by-case basis. This means that there is no average payout, as the amount you can receive in bus accident compensation can depend on:

  • How severe your injuries are
  • How long it will take for you to recover
  • If your injuries have affected your mental health
  • If your injuries have affected your employability

You may also be eligible to claim for special damages. Special damages is the head of your claim that addresses the financial impacts of your injuries. For example, under special damages, you may be able to claim back:

  • Loss of earnings
  • The cost of childcare
  • Any paid domestic help
  • Medical costs
  • Home adjustments, such as a stairlift

If you would like to learn more about bus accident claims and how much you could receive should your claim succeed, contact our advisors today. They can provide free legal advice, as well as a free estimate of what your claim could be worth.

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.
  • You can be injured a passenger – for example, if you are making your way to a seat, then 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.

Compensation awards for bus accident claims in 2022

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.

InjuryCompensation BracketDetails
Severe back injuries (i)This bracket applies to the most severe back injury cases leading to damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord£91,090 to £160,980
Moderate back injuries (i)For cases such as a compression or crush fracture affecting the lumbar vertebrae or a prolapsed intervertebral disc that may require surgery£27,760 to £38,780
Minor back injuries (i)This bracket applies to back injuries which the victim can make a full recovery (or recovery to nuisance level) from without surgery in about two to five years£7,890 to £12,510
Severe neck injuries (i)This bracket covers severe neck injuries including those associated with incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic quadriparesisIn the region of
Moderate neck injuries (i)Moderate neck injuries covered by this bracket include certain chronic conditions or fractures or dislocations that may necessitate spinal fusion£24,990 to £38,490
Severe psychiatric damage generallyCovered in this bracket will be having significant problems with leading a normal life and the prognosis will be very poor£54,830 to £115,730
Moderately severe psychiatric damage generallyThe victim will currently be struggling with leading a normal life but the prognosis will be much more optimistic compared to those covered by the ‘severe’ bracket£19,070 to £54,830

No Win No Fee bus accident 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.

Bus Accident Claims FAQs

Here, we’ll look at some commonly asked questions about claiming bus accident compensation.

How do I claim after a bus accident?

Though you’re not legally required to have a personal injury lawyer handle your case in order to claim, their expertise can significantly boost your chances of getting compensation. Why not call Legal Helpline today to see how we could help you?

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 the 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 help, causes, treatments, and outlooks.

If you would like to speak to an advisor about topics such as bus accident compensation or London bus accident claims, then you are welcome to contact Legal Helpline. You can reach our advisors on the phone or online by using the contact details found within this guide.