The law says that if you have been involved in a road accident due to no fault, you may be entitled to make an injury claim provided the accident occurred within the past three years. This means that even if you have been injured as a passenger whilst travelling on a bus, you may have a Claim For Compensation.
Here are some examples of how bus passengers may be eligible to make bus injury claims.
- The bus collides with another vehicle where the bus driver or the other party is responsible for the collision. As a passenger, you sustained injuries. This means that you will be considered as an innocent victim and will be in a strong position to seek compensation.
- The bus was not involved in a collision with another vehicle, but veers off the road. Or, the bus was going under a low bridge and had become stuck. If you sustained injuries as a result of this, you may still be able to put up an injury claim.
- The bus was not involved in a collision, but the driver had been careless. For example, the driver braked hard and you were thrown off your seat and sustained injuries. Also, if you got into a bus and the driver drove away before you could be seated, you may be able to make an injury claim if you fell on the isle and hurt yourself in anyway because of this.
But, if the bus driver was performing an emergency stop which was necessary, it may not be possible for you to pursue an injury claim. For example, if someone walked in front of the bus and the driver had to brake suddenly to prevent an accident, then a compensation claim may not be possible.
As a passenger, you can make an injury claim against the bus company if the driver was at fault. But, if another motorist was at fault, an injury claim will be made against their insurance company. In any case, it is vital to preserve evidence and documents related to the case if you are looking to make an injury claim as a bus passenger.