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.
Bus Accident Claims - Frequently Asked Questions
If you have suffered an injury while travelling on a bus, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.
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.
Most car accident claims are funded through a fee agreement called no win no fee. This makes compensation accessible to people who cannot afford to pay solicitor fees. No win no fee, means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t end up out of pocket. However, if you win your case, the at fault party pays your legal fees.
The standard cut-off date for making a road accident 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.
- Car Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you 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.
Compensation for road traffic accident injuries in Scotland is awarded on a case-by-case basis. The amount you could get depends on a number of factors, including:
- How bad your pain is, and how long you’ve had it for.
- How long you’re likely to continue to suffer from the pain.
- How the injury has affected your ability to work and live as you did before the accident. For example, can you still enjoy your hobbies or carry out day-to-day tasks?
- Any expenses or loss of income resulting from the injury.
Our car accident compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, the figures should be taken as a guide.
It’s important to know how to handle an accident. Even if you think only minor damage has been done, under the Road Traffic Act you must stop your car. Turn off your engine and use your hazard lights to alert other drivers, then immediately call 999 to get medical assistance for anyone who has been hurt.
Depending on your wellbeing, you should start building your personal injury case at the scene of the accident. If you’re able, make sure to photograph the accident as this could help with any future claim. If this isn’t possible, it may be beneficial to return at a later date to document the location and injuries.
We also recommend you write down your experience as soon as possible. After suffering trauma, it’s quite common to forget or lose clarity about what exactly happened because the brain naturally attempts to block negative or painful memories.
It’s also essential to collect crucial information (including names, contact details, vehicle registration numbers, physical descriptions, and insurance details) of any witnesses or the party ‘at fault’. We can use this information later to gather evidence and file your personal injury claim.