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France Bus Coach Personal Injury Claims Guide – How To Make A Compensation Claim For A Bus Accident In France?

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 31st January 2023. Have you been injured, or made ill in France due to a bus or coach crash. If you have been injured in a bus crash or coach crash whilst travelling in France, in which someone else was liable or responsible, then you could be eligible for accident compensation. Whether the France bus accident or France coach accident that you were involved in was the fault of your driver, another driver on the road, the result of disrepair on the road or poor maintenance of the vehicle, you could qualify to claim compensation.

Bus or Coach accident in France claims

Bus or Coach accident in France claims

Trust the team at Legal Expert to help you make a holiday accident claim for your France bus or coach injury. We are a well respected personal injury firm, who can provide you with a first-rate personal injury solicitor to help you make your claim. Many people feel anxious about making an accident claim for a bus crash or a coach crash in a foreign country, however, we can provide you with a solicitor based right here in Great Britain, who can handle your claim overseas.

Our personal injury solicitors have up to thirty years of experience handling holiday accident claims like yours and what’s more, we can assure you that they will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you are eligible to claim. If you’re able to prove that the France bus crash occurred due to another person’s negligence, you could receive compensation.

If you believe you have grounds to make a personal injury claim France for a bus crash or a coach crash, we would love to hear from you. We are able to offer all of our potential clients a free legal consultation with one of our informed advisors. Call us today and we will listen to your story. If you have legitimate grounds to claim, we will provide you with a first-rate personal injury lawyer to handle your claim. We will also estimate how much compensation your claim could be worth. Call us today on 0800 073 8804 today, to see if you qualify to claim compensation.

If you prefer, you can contact us through our website or write to us using the Live Chat window. We’re looking forward to hearing from you. Please read on to learn more about claiming for a France bus crash. 

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A Guide To France Bus And Coach Accident Claims

France is the most visited country in the world, in terms of tourism. Every year, it is visited by 86.9 million holidaymakers, 17 million of which are British nationals. Most visits to France are safe and trouble-free.

However, France’s roads can still be dangerous. In 2019, there were 3,239 road deaths in France, which equated to 4.8 road deaths per 100,000 of the population. In comparison, within the same year, the UK average for road deaths per 100,000 of the population is 2.6. Using these statistics, it could be argued that, in France, a bus crash is more likely to happen.

In this France holiday compensation guide to claiming for a coach crash in France or a France bus crash, we will explain the process of claiming compensation. We will look at how bus crashes or coach crashes are defined, what your rights are if you are involved in a coach crash or bus crash in France and will look at common types of bus and coach accidents that can happen in France.

Can You Claim For An Accident Abroad?

After injuring yourself in an accident abroad, it’s understandable to ask yourself, “can you claim for an accident abroad?” Certain criteria for claiming, such as the time limit to make a claim, can differ from country to country. However, the principles of claiming are very similar: you could receive compensation if you’re able to prove that your accident was caused by another person’s negligence. 

We will advise you on how to find the right accident abroad solicitors to handle your personal injury claim and will look at the benefits of making a no win no fee claim. Remember, if you were injured in a France bus accident or France coach accident that was not your fault, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation for your injuries.

Call Legal Expert today to take advantage of our free consultation service. If we find that you are eligible to claim damages, we can then provide you with a first-rate personal injury solicitor who is able to handle your claim right away.

What Is A Bus Or Coach Accident In France?

Many people use bus or coach services to get around, whilst on holiday in France. This can include taking a local bus service, being a passenger in a coach or minibus airport service, or using a coach service to take a day excursion. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen in this type of transport. Some accidents are randomly occurring and unavoidable, others can be caused by a party such as the driver of the bus itself, another vehicles driver or the bus company acting negligently.

If a coach accident or bus accident was avoidable and was caused by negligence on behalf of a third party, then anyone injured in that accident could have the right to claim compensation. If you were injured in a coach accident in France or a bus accident in France that was not your fault, you could be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

What Rights Do I Have As A Bus Or Coach Passenger In The EU?

Many people worry that after Brexit, their rights in the EU will be affected. Although this may be the case in many areas, fortunately, your coach and bus passenger rights will not be affected when travelling to EU and non-EU countries.

What are your coach and bus passenger rights in the EU?

  • Not to be charged a different price to other passengers, depending on where you are from.
    If you buy a ticket for a journey of 250km or more, you have the following rights if your journey is cancelled or delayed for more than 2 hours: the right to a full refund, being transported to your final destinations using alternative transport or transportation back to your starting point.
  • If your journey is delayed by over 90 minutes, you have the right to meals and refreshments and accommodation for an overnight stay, where necessary.
  • If you are injured on a coach or bus accident in France or another EU country, you have the right to claim compensation if the accident was not your fault. In the rare case that a passenger was killed because of negligence, their next of kin also has the right to claim compensation on their behalf.
  • If your luggage is lost or damaged because of negligence on the part of the bus or coach company, you have a right to claim compensation.

Find out more about your coach and bus passenger rights in the EU here.

Bus Or Coach Accidents In France Due To Negligence

Many France bus accidents or France coach accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the bus driver, or the transport company. We will now look at how negligence on the part of both parties, can cause injuries.

Negligence On The Part Of A Bus Driver

What bus accidents or coach accidents can be caused by a driver?

  1. Dangerous driving.
  2. Not paying attention to the road.
  3. Not making allowances for road conditions (such as wet or icy weather)
    Speeding
  4. Collisions with another vehicle (where it was the driver’s fault)

Negligence On The Part Of A Bus Or Coach Firm

What bus accidents or coach accidents can be caused by the bus firm or coach firm?

  1. Not maintaining equipment onboard the coach or bus, leading to accidents. For example, if an automatic door is not properly maintained, it can close on a passenger injuring them.
  2. Poor maintenance of the bus, or ignoring mechanical faults, leading to a crash.
  3. Not taking proper safety precautions, for example, failing to provide seat belts.

If you have been injured in a French bus crash or French coach crash, or because of improper health and safety standards onboard a bus or coach, you could be eligible for compensation. Call Legal Expert today, to see if you are eligible to claim.

Can I Claim Compensation If My Accident Was Caused By A Third Party?

In some instances, you can claim compensation if your accident was caused by a third party. What sort of accidents can this include?

  1. If another vehicle crashed into your bus or coach and they were deemed to be at fault.
  2. If the driver of your bus or coach was forced to perform an emergency stop or manoeuvre, to avoid an accident, or to avoid a person in the road.
  3. Your bus had a collision with a static obstacle, which was placed there by a third party.

Making a personal injury claim in France or a European road accident claim which involved a third party that was not the driver of your vehicle or the transport company can be more complicated at times. However, Legal Expert’s accident abroad solicitors are able to successfully handle claims like this. So if you have been injured in a bus accident in France, or a coach accident in France caused by a third party, trust the team at Legal Expert to help you claim the compensation that you are owed.

Accidents In France On A Coach Trip, An Airport Transfer Or Another Excursion

Many tour operators organise coach trips. These are package holidays where a group of holidaymakers take an organised tour, where they travel by coach, usually visiting different towns, cities or places of interest a day. Similarly, some package holidays where holidaymakers stay in a hotel or holiday apartment include airport transfers by coach, or pre-organised day trips and excursions by coach.

If you have been injured on a coach trip holiday or injured when travelling by coach on an airport transfer, or day excursion, you could qualify to make a claim for accident abroad compensation and be able to seek legal action against your tour operator or the other party responsible.

Can I Claim Compensation For Whiplash Injuries In A Bus Or Coach Accident Abroad?

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury affecting the neck, shoulders and upper back. It is caused by the head being forced by a sudden impact beyond its usual range of motion, which overstretches the soft tissues such as the muscles and tendons in the neck, shoulders and upper back. As a result, the person experiences extreme stiffness, a limited range of motion and loss of mobility. Fortunately, most cases of whiplash get better over time, but in some extreme cases, the sufferer can be left with a permanent disability. If you experienced an accident that was not your fault, such as a rear end shunt into your bus or coach which was the fault of the other driver, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation for your injuries. Call Legal Expert today, and if you have legitimate grounds to claim, one of our expert personal injury solicitors will start working on your whiplash compensation claim right away.

French Bus Crash – Evidence Examples

If you have been injured in a French bus crash, you will need to gather evidence in order to make a claim.

When you are injured in a road accident abroad, you may need to contact emergency services. The EU emergency number is 112. You may ask for an interpreter. Additionally, a copy of a police report could be useful evidence for your claim.

Here are other examples of evidence you could collect following a French bus accident:

  • Photos of your injuries, the accident scene and any vehicles involved
  • Notes of the bus registration and insurance details
  • The contact details of witnesses, such as other passengers
  • Medical reports from any treatment you required as a result
  • Receipts of any expenses incurred to prove special damages

Following a road accident in France, like a bus crash, if you are injured, you will also need evidence of your injuries. Our solicitors could arrange a private medical assessment to prove the extent of your injuries. Get in touch to find out more about road traffic accidents abroad.

What Can I Claim For If I Am Injured In A French Bus Crash Or France Coach Crash?

  1. General damages: General damages serve to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you received as a result of your accident. General damages are usually the largest part of a compensation claim.
  2. Medical expenses: Medical expenses will include a reimbursement of the cost of any medicines or medical treatment you have needed as a result of your accident. You may also be able to claim back the cost of future medical costs you need as well.
  3. Travel expenses: If you were left temporarily unable to drive, you may be able to claim back the cost of alternative transportation. Travel expenses may also cover the cost of a taxi ride to the hospital.
  4. Care claim: This will cover the cost of at home care.
  5. Home adaptations: This will cover the cost of adapting your home.
  6. Loss of income: If your injuries caused you to miss time off work you could be reimbursed for any salary or in work benefits that you missed out on. If you are self-employed you may still be able to claim compensation for loss of income.

Compensation Payouts For A Bus Crash In France

In this section, we examine potential payouts for bus accident claims; this includes for injuries suffered on a bus in France. Road traffic accident claims may have two heads: general damages for your pain and suffering and special damages to recover financial losses due to the France bus crash.

General Damages

When assigning value to pain and suffering, legal professionals use a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them. It is in this text that injuries are listed alongside compensation brackets.

In our table below, we’ve used figures from the latest update. It is provided as guidance for how general damages may be calculated and not as an example of what you will receive.

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Injury Type Severity Notes Compensation Bracket
Leg Amputations (a) Both Legs – below-knee amputation (ii) In this bracket, the award depends on where the amputations occurred as well as severity of continuing symptoms, such as phantom pains. £201,490 to £270,100
Knee Severe (ii) This bracket includes constant permanent pain causing movement limitation from a leg fracture that has extended into the knee. £52,120 to £69,730
Pelvis/Hips Severe (a) (iii) This bracket includes many different hip injuries that can cause future problems, such as degenerative changes. £39,170 to £52,500
Head/Brain Less Severe (d) Overall a good recovery, but some persisting problems, such as with memory. £15,320 to £43,060
Neck Moderate (b) (i) This bracket includes fractures and dislocations causing symptoms that are both severe and immediate. £24,990 to £38,490
Back Moderate (b) (ii) This bracket includes injuries such as ligament and muscle disturbance causing backache and soft tissues that cause a prolonged acceleration or exacerbation of pre-existing condition. £12,510 to £27,760
Shoulder Serious (b) Restricted shoulder movements caused by a shoulder dislocation and damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus. £12,770 to £19,200
Arm Simple (d) In this bracket are forearm fractures that are simple in nature. £6,610 to £19,200
Ankle Modest (d) This bracket includes less serious fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries. Up to £13,740
Chest (g) Rib fractures or soft tissue injuries. Up to £3,950

Special Damages

To recover expenses incurred as a direct result of your injuries, you could claim special damages. However, you will need to present proof of your costs, such as receipts.

Examples of special damages awarded in personal injury claims include:

  • Medical expenses, such as prescriptions, therapy, and plastic surgery.
  • Medical aides, including crutches and wheelchairs.
  • Loss of earnings for time spent off work. This could include pension contributions as well.
  • Home and vehicle adaptions.
  • Carer costs.

If you need any help understanding how much compensation you could claim for injuries suffered on a bus to France or in France, call our advisors. They can value your claim for free.

No Win No Fee France Bus And Coach Claims

If you have been injured because of a France coach accident or France bus accident that you were involved in whilst on holiday, you could be eligible for claim compensation for your injuries. At Legal Expert, we offer all of our clients the option to make a no win no fee claim for compensation.

A no win no fee personal injury solicitor will provide you with the same great service as any other accident abroad solicitor, the only difference is that they will not charge you an upfront fee, instead, you will only pay your fee if your claim is successful. If you do not win, you will not have to pay your solicitor a penny, meaning that there is less financial risk to you.

To learn more about making a No Win No Fee claim, read our online guide today.

Contact Our Holiday Accident Claims Solicitors Today

If you believe you have legitimate grounds to make a France bus accident or France coach accident claim, call Legal Expert today. If you are eligible for compensation, we will provide you with a no win no fee solicitor to handle your personal injury claim in France. You could be owed a significant amount of compensation, so call Legal Expert today to begin your holiday accident claim in France.

Where To Find Out More

We hope you have found this France holiday compensation guide helpful. Here is some further information about making a related personal injury claim.

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FAQs About Being Injured After A France Bus Crash

Please read below answers to frequently asked questions after experiencing an injury due to a France bus crash. 

How Do I Claim After A Bus Accident?

You will need to be able to prove that third-party negligence caused your injury to successfully make a claim. Evidence can help with this and can include CCTV footage of the accident, photographs of your injury and doctor’s reports confirming the nature of your injury. 

Regarding, “how do I claim after a bus accident?”, you don’t necessarily need legal assistance or counsel. However, our solicitors have years of experience with these types of claims so could help you acquire evidence and build a compensation claim. 

Can I Claim For An Accident After 3 Years?

The time limit you have to claim can depend both on the nature of the accident and the country the accident took place. This is because many countries have their own criteria regarding making a compensation claim. As such, the answer to the question “can I claim for an accident after 3 years?” is dependent on both of the factors above. 

To learn more about the claims process and to see if you can claim for a France bus crash, contact us at a time that works for you for free legal advice using the details above.

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