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Bus Accident Claims | No Win No Fee

By Cat Way. Last Updated 1st December 2023. If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident on a bus accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Below, we discuss bus accident claims in detail.

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Bus Accident Claims Guide

Sometimes a bus company can fail in their duty of care and that can lead to passengers suffering an injury.

If you have been injured and you’re looking to make a bus accident claim, we can help.

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Who Can Make Bus Accident Claims?

When you are using public transport, such as a bus, you are owed a duty of care. This is outlined in the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 (OLA), which states that operators of public services must take steps to ensure the safety of passengers as far as reasonably practicable.

You are also owed a duty of care by other road users. This means that road users must navigate the roads in a way that minimises the risk of harm to themselves and others. To do this, they must follow the mandatory steps and rules set out by the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.

In order to claim bus accident compensation, you have to be able to prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care.
  • This duty of care was breached.
  • As a result, you were injured.

If you’ve been injured on a bus as a result of a breach of care from either the service operator or another road user, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Get in touch with our advisors to learn more about public transport accident claims, or read on to learn more about the bus accident claims process.

Time Limits In Bus Accident Claims

All personal injury claims against bust companies have to be started within the correct time limit. This is generally three years, as outlined in the Limitation Act 1980, and starts on the date of your injuries.

You may still be able to claim bus accident compensation if you fall outside of this time limit, as it comes with some exceptions. For example, if you are under the age of eighteen when you are injured, the time limit won’t begin until your eighteenth birthday. A litigation friend can claim on your behalf before then, or you can claim for yourself between your eighteenth and twenty-first birthdays.

The time limit is also suspended for an indefinite amount of time for those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves. In these cases, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf. Otherwise, if they recover the appropriate capacity, they can claim for themselves when the time limit reinstates on the date of their recovery.

To learn more about time limits in bus accident claims, contact our team of advisors today. They can offer help and guidance surrounding the personal injury claims process, and may be able to connect you with one of our solicitors.

Evidence That Can Support Bus Accident Claims

It’s important to gather evidence to support your bus accident compensation claim. Evidence is essential, as it can help prove who is responsible for your injuries, how they occurred, and how they will affect your life going forward.

Some examples of evidence that could help support bus accident claims include:

  • CCTV footage: If the bus accident was captured on CCTV, you may be able to request the footage. This can help identify how the accident occurred and who was responsible.
  • Medical records: Your medical records can help illustrate both the severity of your injuries and the effect that your injuries and treatment will have on your life in the future.
  • Photographs: Taking photographs of your injuries can also help demonstrate their severity, and taking pictures of the accident site when safe can help illustrate the impact of the accident.
  • Witness statements: While you cannot take these statements yourself, taking the contact details of potential witnesses allows their statements to be taken at a later date.

One of the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor is that they can help you gather relevant evidence for your claim. For example, a solicitor could take the statements of potential witnesses, and they could also arrange for you to undergo an independent medical assessment.

Bus Accident Compensation Payouts

If you make a successful personal injury claim, your bus accident compensation could consist of two parts. These are general and special damages.

General damages compensate for the physical pain and mental suffering that your injury has caused. To help when valuing personal injury claims, legal professionals may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that contains a list of guideline compensation brackets for different types of injuries.

In our table below, we’ve provided a few figures from the 16th edition of the JCG. As all bus accident claims are different, this table is only provided as guidance. Please note that the first entry in this table is not reflected in the JCG.

Injury Comments / Notes Compensation Brackets
Multiple Severe Injuries Plus Special Damages Multiple injuries of a severe nature combined with significant financial losses, such as lost earnings, the cost of mobility aids, and prescription costs. Up to £1,000,000+
Very severe brain damage At this level the person may have some basic ability to follow simple commands. £282,010 to £403,990
Less severe brain damage The person either has or is predicted to make a good recovery. £15,320 to £43,060
Less severe arm injury The victim will have suffered significant disabilities but has a good prognosis. £19,200 to £39,170
Moderate leg injury (iv) May include multiple or complicated bone fractures in a single limb. £27,760 to £39,200
Less serious leg injuries (iii) Injuries presenting as a simple fracture of the leg bones. Up to £11,840
Moderate back injury This is further broken down into two categories of moderate injury. £12,510 to £38,780
Moderate neck injury This category is broken down into 3 subcategories of injury with matching compensation brackets. £7,890 to £38,490
Whiplash tariff This tariff is for claimants that have suffered whiplash along with psychological injuries that is expected to last longer than 18 months but no longer than 2 years. £4,345
Whiplash tariff This tariff is for claimants that have suffered whiplash injuries expected to last longer than 18 months but no longer than 2 years. £4,215

Your award may also consist of special damages to compensate for any financial losses you experienced as a result of the injury. Examples of the losses you could be compensated for include:

  • Medical costs, such as prescriptions and therapy.
  • Your loss of earnings for time spent off work recovering from your injuries.
  • Home help, such as the costs of a cleaner while you recover.
  • Travel expenses, such as taxi fares to and from medical appointments.

You should submit evidence of your expenses, such as receipts, bank statements or invoices.

If you have any questions about how compensation could be awarded for public transport accident claims, please contact one of our advisors using the details at the top of the screen.

Can I Claim For Whiplash After A Bus Accident?

If you suffered minor injuries, such as whiplash, you may have to make your bus passenger accident claim through the Whiplash Reform Programme. However, there is certain claiming criteria that you need to meet.

The injuries you’ve suffered must be valued at £5,000 or less. Whiplash will be valued from the tariff amounts found in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. Other minor injuries could be assigned value based on the compensation brackets found in the JCG. We’ve provided figures from the whiplash tariffs and the JCG in our table above.

Additionally, the overall value of your whiplash accident claim cannot exceed £10,000. This means that the combined value of special damages, if you are recovering expenses and your injuries needs to be £10,000 or less.

You must also be 18 or older and the accident on a bus must have occurred on or after the 31st May 2021.

Once you have received a settlement, your claim cannot be reopened. You may like to have your claim assessed for free to ensure that you are claiming for the full amount. To discuss claiming for whiplash with legal experts, contact us. We can value your claim for free.

Claiming Bus Accident Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

You may be interested in learning about how a No Win No Fee solicitor could help you. Working with a solicitor can come with many benefits; for example, they could help you gather evidence, value your claim, and answer any questions you may have throughout the bus passenger accident claim process.

A solicitor from our panel could help you claim for an accident on a bus by offering their services under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this kind of No Win No Fee arrangement, you don’t have to pay any upfront or ongoing fees to your solicitor in order for them to begin work on your case.

If your claim succeeds, then your solicitor will deduct a success fee from your settlement award. The success fee is taken as a small percentage, and there is a legislative cap in place to help make sure you keep the majority of your award. However, if your claim doesn’t succeed, then your solicitor will not take this success fee.

To find out if you could be eligible to work with one of our No Win No Fee bus accident solicitors, get in touch with our team today. They can also provide further guidance on bus accident claims.

Start Your Bus Accident Claim Today

For further advice on potentially making a claim for a bus passenger accident, you can speak to our expert personal injury claims team by using any of the following contact methods:

  • Call us on 0800 073 8804
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Helpful Resources and Guides On Road Traffic Accident Claims

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on what to do if you’ve suffered an injury in an accident on a bus. We hope you’ve found it useful. Below, you can find some further guides you may find helpful.

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