In most cases, using public transport is safe, but things can go wrong. If the bus, train or coach you’re travelling on is involved in a crash or makes a sudden stop, the potential for injury is there.
Data released by the Department for Transport revealed that in 2015, there were 5,381 buses or coaches involved in reported accidents. This shows these vehicles are vulnerable to being caught up in accidents, irrespective of whether or not they have been recklessly driven. The risks to passengers in public transport accidents are often heightened because, in many cases, buses and trains don’t have seat belts.
What are public transport injuries?
Public transport injuries are the result of accidents involving buses, coaches, taxis, light rail systems – such as the London Underground - and trains. Examples of accidents on public transport include:
- Cuts, bruises and broken bones in the aftermath of a train crash
- Suffering whiplash following a collision between a bus and a car
- Falling in a bus carriage due to reckless driving
- Being hurt after the bus/coach driver pulls away while a passenger steps on or off the vehicle.
Who can I claim against?
Drivers have a duty to ensure the safety of all passengers, although if making a claim, the transport company is liable as it employs the drivers. It’s also responsible for the maintenance of its fleet of vehicles; any lack of care involved can also render it liable.
In the event of a crash where a car driver is at fault for the accident, they are the ones to claim compensation from.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries from public transport accidents. Minor whiplash can mean between £300 and £3,100 is awarded, while, as a guide, it could be between £32,500 and £106,000 for severe neck injuries as they take much longer to recover from.
A minor head injury, possibly coming from a knock after a sudden stop, could see compensation ranging between £1,575 and £9,100. It’s hard to say how long it’ll be before the claim is resolved until one of our solicitors has carried out an initial investigation.
How long do I have to make a claim?
First and foremost, you should concentrate on recovering as well as possible. Once you're ready, you should consider contacting First4Lawyers to start your claim. The sooner you start your claim, the quicker our team of expert solicitors can help you to achieve the compensation that you deserve.
I’ve suffered an injury whilst on public transport. What should I do?
After you’ve recovered from your injuries, it’s worth making a compensation claim. The sooner you contact us, the quicker we can help you to not only seek justice and compensation, but support you in your recovery. Contact us by either calling us on 0800 567 7866 or complete our online claim form.