Travelling by bus or coach is usually a relatively stress-free experience, and while accidents involving these vehicles are less common than car accidents, they can happen. Mistakes at the hands of the driver or a fellow motorist can put the lives of passengers in danger, causing serious injuries and emotional stress.
In some instances, buses and coaches can come into contact with another vehicle or a pedestrian, or collide with a part of the landscape as a result of a driver error. Whatever the reason for the incident, those involved may suffer severe injuries, and become extremely distressed.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus or coach accident, you may want to discuss your case with a solicitor, and make a claim for compensation. To speak to a member of the team at Lupton Fawcett, contact us by telephone on 0333 323 5292, or fill in our online claims form and one of our solicitors will be in touch.
Types of Claim
Bus or coach accidents that take place at the hands of the driver can be extremely scary for those involved. We have experience in dealing with cases where the driver of the vehicle has:
- Fallen asleep
- Become serious ill
- Lost control of the vehicle
- Been under the influence of drink or drugs
There are many other potential causes for a bus or coach crash. When investigating your situation, our solicitors will look for evidence of:
- Driver incompetence
- Unsafe vehicles
- A disregard for rules regarding rest stops
- Unsafe road surfaces
- A lack of suitable road signage
When a person is involved in this type of incident, it can be difficult to identify who or what is responsible, therefore making the compensation claim a tricky process. However, our dedicated team of solicitors will help you as much as possible, ensuring you can focus your efforts on recovering after this stressful time.
Even if the cause of your bus or coach incident has not been listed above, this does not mean we cannot help. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your particular circumstances.
Incidents involving a group
If you were one of many people injured in a particular bus or coach accident, you may be able to make a claim for compensation together. Sharing your experience can be extremely helpful for your recovery.
About your claim
Making a claim for compensation after a stressful event is not a personal attack against the offending party. Professional bodies and businesses are legally obligated to have insurance in place to protect themselves against such an event. You do not have to worry about making a claim.
If your claim is successful
Any money you receive after seeking compensation will come from an insurance policy, not the personal pocket of the party you are claiming against. You should not worry about the consequences of making a claim.
Why should I make a claim?
Pursuing a compensation claim will help to make your life return to a more normal state following a stressful event. This money is designed to help you find your feet following an injury that you have sustained due to negligence.
If you have been unable to work as a result of your injury, it is likely you will have no other source of income. This added stress to your financial situation can often make you feel more stressed, however, compensation could help to ease the burden.
Timescale of your claim
The law states that a claim for compensation should be started within three years following the incident, or three years from the date that it became clear the incident was the cause of your injury. This is known as a ‘statute of limitations’ and is adhered to by all solicitors.
Case study - a claim against Arriva
We were instructed to make a claim against a bus company following an accident in which our client was a passenger on the upper deck of a bus. The client suffered injuries as a result of the vehicle hitting a low bridge, taking off its roof. The accident received a large amount of press coverage and the client received a large amount of damages.
Contact Lupton Fawcett
If you have suffered an injury in a bus or coach crash, speak to a specialist at Lupton Fawcett today. Our team of solicitors is here to help you every step of the way throughout the claims process. Call us on 0333 323 5292, or fill in our online claims form and one of our solicitors will be in touch.
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