Bus and Train Accident Claims
If you have been involved in a bus or train accident Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help. Our expert personal injury solicitors can assist you in making a claim, offering you the legal representation and support you need to get the compensation you deserve. For a consultation about making a train or bus accident claim, call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you.
Who can claim bus or train accident compensation?
If you’ve been in an accident involving a bus or train and you’ve suffered an injury, you may be entitled to claim compensation. You may be eligible to make a claim if you were a driver or passenger, a pedestrian or in another vehicle that was involved in an accident with one of these modes of transport.
What can cause these accidents?
Bus and train accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons. For example, if you’re on a bus, you could be involved in a collision with another vehicle. This might happen as a result of the driver not paying attention, or it could be that the driver of the other vehicle was at fault. If you’re a passenger on a train, you could be involved in a collision with another train or be on board when the carriage derails.
Other incidents which can occur as a passenger include:
- Slips and trips, such as falling over rubbish in the aisle
- Injury caused by damage to the inside of the vehicle, such as an exposed sharp edge or broken seating
- Being hit by an object, such as luggage falling from an overhead rack on a train
- Food and drink related injuries, including burns from hot liquids
You can also be involved in a bus or train accident if you weren’t a passenger. For example, you could be injured by a bus while crossing the road, or you could be involved in an incident while waiting on the platform at a train station. You could also be involved in an accident if you’re the driver or a passenger in a vehicle that collides with a bus or train.
Who is responsible in the event of an accident?
As a passenger, you carry responsibility for your own personal safety and wellbeing. When you use a bus or train, you are expected to pay attention to the warning signs that have been put in place for your safety. For example, on a bus, there may be a sign to advise you when you should stand to get off at your stop.
However, the driver of the vehicle, and the transport company they work for, has a duty of care to deliver you to your destination unharmed and in a safe manner. As a result of this, many buses and trains are now equipped with CCTV cameras. This footage can be especially useful in the event of an accident, providing evidence of who was at fault.
Other drivers can also cause accidents to occur.
What can be claimed for?
Every single case is different, and the basis of your claim will depend on a variety of different factors surrounding the incident. By way of example, if you’re involved in a bus or train accident, you may be able to claim for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of amenity in regards to the loss of physical and mental ability to perform tasks you could before the accident happened
- Loss of earnings while recovering from the accidentReimbursement for medical expenses, such as physiotherapy
- Reimbursement for associated costs, such as travel costs to get to hospital appointments
- Reimbursement for expenses of damage to personal property Future losses such as loss of earnings, if you’re unable to return to work, and aids an equipment which may be needed to assist your everyday life
What should I do if I’ve been in an accident involving a bus or train?
Your health and wellbeing is paramount, so while you’re at the scene of the incident, it’s vital that you seek medical assistance if necessary. It’s also crucial that you, or someone else at the scene, reports the incident to the police, as well as the transport company that owns the bus or train involved.
In case you decide to make a claim for compensation, there are a number of things you could do to help support your case. Firstly, make a note of the date, time and location where the accident took place, as well as your recollection of how it happened. If it’s possible, take photos of the accident scene too. This could help validate your account of the events surrounding the incident. Also, if you were a passenger on a bus or train, keep any tickets, passes or receipts you have that prove you were present at the time of the incident.
How do I make a claim?
If you’ve been involved in accident and decide you wish to pursue a claim, you can start by getting in touch with Slater and Gordon. If you’re not sure you’re entitled to make a claim, our personal injury solicitors can offer you the advice you need.
Our experts handle each case with the utmost sensitivity and compassion in a professional and friendly manner. Regardless of the details of your situation, you can talk to us in complete confidence.
It’s worth noting that most train and bus accident claims need to be made within three years of the event taking place, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
Slater and Gordon prioritise clients above anything else. If you’ve been injured in a bus or train accident, we’re here to assist you. Before you decide whether or not to make a claim, we can advise how successful it is likely to be, helping you decide if you want to go ahead with the process. If you do, we’ll work in close contact with you every step of the way.
Our team of highly trained personal injury solicitors are equipped with the knowledge and resources to deal with your claim, providing you with the support and advice you need.
To discuss your situation with us, get in touch. You can call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you’d prefer, you can contact us online and we’ll get back to you at a convenient time.
As one of the UK’s leading personal injury law firms, we’re perfectly placed to help with your compensation claim. We have offices nationwide in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Sheffield.
Many of Slater and Gordon’s personal injury solicitors are members of organisations including the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.