Travelling by bus is a relatively safe form of transport. Though fatality numbers have fallen over the years, people are still being severely injured in bus accidents every year. A total of 301 bus and coach accident victims were reported in Scotland in 2016, of whom 42 were seriously injured and three died.
Bus and coach accidents can happen in a range of circumstances including low speed city traffic or at high speed national motorways. There are collisions with other road users, including cars, bicycles, pedestrians and other buses. All accidents lead to a variety of injuries from whiplash to broken limbs and fatalities in some cases.
If you’ve been involved in a bus or coach accident in Scotland you may be are entitled to compensation. To find out more on bus and coach claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee accident solicitors on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances. Or you can contact us through our form.
Who can make a bus accident compensation claim?
You can claim for compensation after an accident whether you were the passenger or a pedestrian injured by the actions of a bus driver. The same is true where your bus or coach has been hit by another vehicle which has fled the scene or alternatively where you are a pedestrian hit by a bus which has fled the scene.
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident and you weren’t at fault you have a right to be compensated for:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Replacement or repair of your vehicle, and accessories affected by the accident
- Any future expenses as a result of the injury
- Home modification and care expenses
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
You might even be able to claim if you were partially responsible for the collision. However, in these cases, the compensation awarded will be lower in value, due to your involvement.
What information do I need to start a bus accident compensation claim?
In order to pursue a claim against you must attempt enquiries to identify the vehicle/driver responsible. You must provide as much information as possible regarding the driver and the vehicle concerned. You must report the hit and run incident to the police within 5 days of the accident. For claims for injury you must report the incident to the police within 14 days.
How much compensation can I claim for a bus accindent?
The amount of compensation you’ll be able to claim for as a victim of a bus accident can vary considerably. If you were in the vehicle at the material time your injuries may be minor. If you were a pedestrian, it is likely that your injuries will be more serious. Either way the collision is likely to have caused you significant pain, discomfort and inconvenience.
When injuries are more significant, the compensation can be a lot of higher because of the impact the injuries will have on your lifestyle, work and even personal relationships. In such cases, the compensation received will support you throughout recovery and long after your claim to make sure you receive the appropriate treatment, support and rehabilitation.
Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, the figures should be taken as a guide.
For a complete and accurate analysis of your bus accident claim, please phone us on 0131 555 7055. Or contact us through our form.
How long will it take before I receive compensation?
Every case is completely different, and several factors influence how quickly your claim is settled. For example, the severity of injuries is a big aspect and also whether details for the vehicle and driver responsible can be traced. Unfortunately accidents where the vehicle and driver are untraced usually take much longer. When liability is in dispute, or where the driver/vehicle is located but was uninsured, it will usually take much longer for your claim to settle.
How long do I have to make a claim?
The standard cut-off date for making a personal injury claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there's no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- MIB - if the vehicle which caused the damage/injury was uninsured or is untraced you may have a right to claim against the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB). The cut-off date for pursuing a claim against the MIB is usually 3 years from the date of the accident.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately (i.e. the vehicle was used as a weapon), you may have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
How do I start a claim?
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details we will confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact the person responsible for your accident to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Questions? Please get in touch
You can reach us on 0131 550 7055 to arrange a free consultation or begin an accident injury claim on-line.