Can I Claim Compensation For A Emergency Braking Accident on A Bus?
The bus services in the UK are something that see lots of commuters and leisure travellers every day. While most journeys go off without a hitch and the biggest problem you have is finding a seat on a crowded bus, it is important to note that not all bus journeys end satisfactorily. A bus accident injury is no joke whatsoever, and if it is caused by a bus braking in an emergency, you may not realise it, but it might be a possibility that you could claim compensation. Whether you have suffered whiplash, strains, sprains or more serious injuries, then you might want to read below to see if you’re likely to be able to claim.
If you’re more interested in talking about what you’ve gone through to ascertain the validity of a bus accident claim, then 0800 073 8804 is the right number to call. Otherwise, if you’d like to learn more before calling, our guide below should prove very useful.
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- A Guide to Emergency Braking Bus Accident injury claims
- What Could Happen If A Bus Brakes in An Emergency
- What Are Dangerous Emergency Stops?
- Common Causes of Bus Emergency Braking Accidents
- Bus Whiplash Claims
- Can A Driver Make A Claim for Injuries Caused by An Emergency Braking Accident on A Bus?
- Who Can You Make A Claim Against If Injured on A Bus in An Emergency Stop?
- Case Study: Injuries Caused by A Bus Braking in An Emergency
- What Compensation Can My Bus Accident Injury Claim Include?
- Emergency Braking Injury on A Bus Compensation Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee Bus Accident and Injury Claims
- How We Can Help People Injured in A Bus Emergency Stop
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Accidents on UK roads happen almost every day, and if you never witness or become involved with one, then you will be extremely fortunate. Whether you drive yourself, or use the roads as a passenger, motorcyclist or cyclist, then you’ll know only too well how other drivers can often be unpredictable and this can lead to accidents. The same applies to any mode of public transport, which is why bus accident injury claims occur.
Whether you feel the bus driver was at fault or another road user was, you have the right to expect to complete a journey without injury, and if this doesn’t happen, you are likely to be not only physically injured, but could lose out financially as well. This is why bus accident injury claims can help. Here at Legal Expert, we have a specialist team ready to assist you with advice on this type of claim. We have likely heard similar stories to the one you’ll have to tell us, and we’ll be able to take any stress off your shoulders about making a claim by providing solicitors that have fought and won compensation claims just like yours. In the guide below we will cover some of the most pressing questions that clients in bus accident injury claims usually have, as well as explaining the process of claiming. We’ll also give you somewhat of a personal injury education, such as letting you know what the personal injury claim times limit is, as well as informing you of typical payouts for injuries sustained in a bus accident – somewhat of a personal injury claims calculator. We hope you find it of use.
Whether someone cuts in front of a bus or someone tries to cross the road in front of one, there are several reasons a driver may have to make an emergency stop leading you to be injured on bus journeys, including if they have lost concentration for a second and not noticed that traffic lights have changed. It is often the case that no collision will actually take place in this event, but it still does not mean that you could not be injured as a result of this sudden force.
There are several different scenarios that could happen if you were to be on a bus that had to effect an emergency stop.
Firstly, if you were a standing passenger, you might be thrown forward, causing you to fall, bang into something, or suffer injuries such as whiplash.
Should you be seated, because many buses don’t have seatbelts, you could, again, be thrown forward into the seat in front of you, into the aisle or even someone standing or sitting in the vicinity of your seat.
Other ways in which you could be injured when a bus driver brakes suddenly is where there is luggage or other items on the bus that could be launched into you because of the bus braking. This could cause serious injuries, particularly if the item that hits you is heavy.
Whatever injury you’ve obtained from a bus accident from emergency braking, our team can offer assistance with getting you the compensation you are entitled to claim.
Dangerous emergency stops can happen for a variety of reasons. However, because the situations that require an emergency stop occur quickly, it leaves very little in terms of time for a driver to make a decision on whether it should happen.
As a bus has no seatbelts, it is essential a driver only effects this manoeuvre should there be only one option to do so. This is especially dangerous to standing passengers who often suffer worse injuries than others in these situations.
If a driver is seen to have effected an emergency stop when they should not have done, or done so because they were distracted and did not spot a hazard in time to effect another manoeuvre, then it may be a case against the bus company that is put forward. However, if the emergency stop was necessary because of the fault of another road user, then that may lead to a case against that other road user.
It is essential, when picking out who is liable for a bus accident injury involving an emergency stop that you have expert assistance. Legal Expert can provide a personal injury solicitor that will be able to look at the case in order to find who is at fault and take action on your behalf accordingly.
There are an almost infinite number of things that can go wrong on the roads, and whilst it would not be possible to list all of the reasons a bus driver might make an emergency stop, we can list the most common causes. They are:
- When a driver loses concentration momentarily and doesn’t see the lights change
- Dangerous manoeuvres effected by other motorists
- Pedestrian stepping out in front of bus
- Animal running out into road
- Malfunctioning traffic lights changing suddenly
- Malfunctioning vehicle
Whether one of these was the cause of your bus accident injury, or there was some other reason for the emergency stop, if you are injured and someone is at fault then call us to ascertain how valid your claim would be.
Can you get whiplash on a bus? Absolutely. Whiplash is a complex but common injury in a bus accident UK, simply because the movement of a vehicle forwards and backwards suddenly is exactly the movement that can cause this type of bus whiplash claim. The main symptoms of whiplash are as follows:
- Stiffness and pain in the neck area
- Shoulder stiffness and pain
- Jaw soreness
- Weakness or pain in the arm
- Visual problems
While whiplash does not always last for a long time, there is somewhat of a partial disability that victims have to put up with. However, it is prudent for us to mention that there are also cases that last for a number of years, and a recognised condition named Whiplash Associated Disorder may cause depression, stress, PTSD and sleep disturbances.
Few people consider the driver in a bus accident injury case, but it is of course the case that if other passengers are injured because of an emergency stop, then there is just as much risk to the driver suffering this type of injury. This can lead to accident on a first bus claims, or whichever company operates the bus. If a bus driver is injured in an accident because they had to brake to avoid another road user who was acting negligently or dangerously, then it stands to reason that they should claim. Similarly, if the bus driver has been forced to drive a bus that is not maintained to a sufficient standard and this causes the need for the bus suddenly braking, then a bus driver could make an accident at work bus injury claim against their employer.
If you have been injured as a driver of a bus, and believe someone else was at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, then you should get in touch with a personal injury lawyer who can handle a compensation claim for you. We can help with this.
As we have mentioned earlier, it is not just the bus driver that could be at fault for a bus accident injury. When it comes to road accident claims, liability can fall to any party involved in the accident, and sometimes liability can be split. Here, we offer some information on how fault would likely be decided in certain cases.
Bus driver negligence – Should your driver have been speeding, or taking corners at excessive speed, leading to late notice of a hazard, or they lost concentration before having to go about bus braking hard incidents, then it may well be a possibility to claim against the bus company.
If the road was unsafe – and this led to the driver braking without warning, then you may be able to effect a claim against the local council or owner of the road.
Driver Negligence from another vehicle user – Should someone have pulled in front of the bus without warning, or swerved into the road, leading the driver to ensure the bus suddenly braked then it stands to reason your driver may have had no choice but to brake suddenly. In these cases, the claim would usually be against the road user that caused the accident.
Confused about who is to blame? Then call our experts who can help figure this out for you.
One horrific accident reported about suing a bus company for an emergency stop accident involving claims against arrive buses, was that of a man named David Lloyd. Mr Lloyd, who was 66 at the time of the accident, was on a bus that made an emergency stop allegedly due to the need to avoid a bike user on a roundabout. Lloyd, a pensioner from the Midlands, was thrown about the bus, out of the seat he was occupying, and hit the floor. He was left with broken ribs and a punctured lung that necessitated a stay in a critical care unit for a week. He hopes, with the evidence provided by a medical expert showing his bus injuries were potentially life threatening, to win a personal injury on a bus claim from Arriva, the bus company that was carrying him as a passenger.
A passenger bus accident claim usually results in a payment that takes into account several different factors. The first of which is usually an amount determined by the injury you would have received. It is important to remember that there is not one set payment amount for a specific injury, such as whiplash. Your injury would be calculated based on the medical evidence, and the prognosis for recovery, but an injury may affect you differently than another person and this will obviously be taken into account too. Emotional as well as physical injury will be considered.
On top of this bus passenger accident claim payment for the actual injury, you will likely have other payment amounts determined by any losses you’ve suffered financially as a result of your bus injury. These can include the wages you might have lost while you have been recovering from your injury. But that is not all. If you will be required to take any more time of work for treatment, this expected amount of lost wages can also be put on your award. Add to this the other costs you may have incurred because of the bus accident, such as expenses for medical items such as prescriptions or mobility aids, as well as the cost of travelling to any appointments, parking etc and your compensation sum could go up.
Sadly, however, not all bus accident claims cases lead to the victim recovering. In the rare event that a loved one loses their life in this manner, then the relatives of the deceased might be able to put through a claim on their behalf, particularly if they depended on the victim financially.
As we have seen, there are a number of different ways in which a bus accident injury can happen, as well as a number of different types and severities of injury. This would lead to a fluctuation in terms of bus compensation payment amounts. With this in mind, we’ve listed some more common injuries, as well as including a potential bracket that the claim amount could fall into.
|Injury Type and Severity||Notes||Compensation Bracket|
|Injury/ies to the neck severe||Will leave permanent pain, or loss of some mobility and cause pain and immobility at the time of happening||From £39,870 up to £130,060|
|Injury/ies to the neck moderate||The level of pain and how long it lasts will often go towards calculation of this award.||From £6,920 up to £33,750|
|Injury/ies to the neck mild||Sprains, damage to soft tissues, scrapes and minor cuts||Amounts up to £2,150|
|Injury/ies to the wrist minor||Damage to the soft tissues within the wrist. These injuries often heal rapidly.||From £3,090 up to £4,160|
|Injury/ies to the hand minor||Scrapes, damage to soft tissue and minor cuts that will likely leave no scar and will heal quickly and completely.||From £800 up to £3,810|
|Injury/ies to the leg minor||Small simple fractures, sprains and tissue (soft) damage.||Amounts up to £10,380|
|Injury/ies to the foot minor||Simple minor cuts, as well as sprains and damage to the soft tissues in the foot. Full recovery possible.||Amounts up to £12,050|
|Injury/ies to the head minor||Bruising and cuts that are deemed to be minor. These may cause pain at the time but won’t cause long term pain and will heal completely over time.||Amounts up to £10,970|
Should you have suffered a different injury to the ones in the table above, then it is still possible for us to furnish you with the bracket into which a certain injury may fall into. To get help with this, simply call us.
Claiming without funds upfront? Can it be done? We are often surprised by the number of people that think there is some sort of catch to no win no fee bus accident claims just like other personal injury claims. There simply is no catch. The way it works is by way of an agreement signed before anyone goes ahead that details what percentage of your final compensation payout will go to your personal injury solicitor. There are no surprises. Once your case is settled, that amount previously agreed will come out of the compensation award and you’ll get the rest. It is worth mentioning that there is a limit to the percentage that personal injury lawyer fees can come to, so you will not be left out of pocket because of this. It is also worth noting that if your case results in a negative verdict, that is no compensation, then you won’t be facing legal bills.
Many people prefer to talk to us about this before they decide whether to go ahead with any claim, and this is certainly something we are well prepared to do.
When calling Legal Expert, you may have questions about an emergency braking accident on a bus, and may not yet be ready to make a claim. We pride ourselves on offering free advice to anyone that calls us, and we do so without pushing you to use our service. Our legally trained call handlers will be able to answer queries you may have about making claims, about the personal injury claims time limit, about liablilty, and about how to get hold of a solicitor that has the necessary experience to be able to help. In fact, we can provide you the solicitor best suited to take your case on. We are careful to make sure that we don’t put pressure on you but we can offer to connect you with this type of solicitor that will have the knowledge needed to go ahead and fight your claim to a satisfactory conclusion.
Whether it is today, tomorrow or next week you decided you need advice or support, we are here to help. 0800 073 8804 puts you through directly to legally trained handlers that will be happy to speak to you about bus accident injury, the repercussions and what we can do to help. Should you want to get in touch a different way, simply click this link.
Some useful resources that you might be interested in reading are below. We prefer to make sure all bases are covered, so if you are looking for additional information then click below:
The NHS page on whiplash tells you all about this condition.
The government’s page on CFA no upfront fee legal cases for personal injury can be found above.
If you’ve had an accident on the roads but not involving a bus, then this can help to guide you through the myriad of questions you might have.