A Guide To Stagecoach Bus Accidents Claims – How To Claim Compensation For A Stagecoach Bus Accident

Stagecoach bus accident claims guideHave you recently been involved in an accident on a Stagecoach bus that was not your fault? If you were injured as a result, you could make a Stagecoach bus accident claim for compensation. Who the claim will be made against will all depend on who is liable for the accident which caused your suffering. Whether you were injured because of a Stagecoach bus crash, negligent driving of the part of the driver, third party negligence, overturned bus accident or any other type of accident, if the accident was caused by negligence call Accident Claims UK to see if you are eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Whether your Stagecoach bus accident was caused by negligence on the part of the bus company, the driver, another driver or another third party, trust Accident Claims UK to handle your bus accident compensation claim. Our excellent panel of personal injury solicitors have up to thirty years of experience handling claims for road traffic accidents, so your case is bound to be in safe hands. What’s more, our solicitors will always fight to win you the optimum amount of compensation that you are entitled to claim.

To begin your Stagecoach bus accident compensation claim, contact Accident Claims UK today for your free consultation. We will speak to you in-depth about your accident. If you are owed compensation, one of our excellent personal injury solicitors will start working on your claim right away. Call 0800 073 8801 today and if you have the right to claim, we will start working on your Stagecoach bus injury claim today.

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A Guide To Bus Passenger Accident Claims For Accidents On A Stagecoach

The Stagecoach Group is a transport operating group that is based in Perth, Scotland that came to prominence in the 1980s. They operate bus and tram services in Great Britain and abroad. As a transport business serving the public, Stagecoach has a duty of care towards their passengers, staff and other road users. If you have suffered a bus passenger injury, you were injured as a pedestrian, you were injured on a bus whilst working for Stagecoach or have suffered a collision due to no fault of your own you may have the right to make a claim for damages.

In this guide to making a Stagecoach bus accident claim, we will look at in what circumstances Stagecoach could potentially be held liable for a member of the public’s injuries and what sort of injuries can be caused by a bus accident, including whiplash. We will also explain how to make a claim for a bus passenger avoidable injury or an injury suffered in a bus traffic accident and will give you advice for finding the right personal injury lawyer to handle your case.

Remember if you have been injured because of a Stagecoach bus crash, or any other type of accident onboard a Stagecoach bus and the accident was not your fault but due to a breach in the duty of care owed to you, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Accident Claims UK and we can provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor who could handle your bus accident claim.

What Is An Accident Involving A Stagecoach Bus?

A bus accident is an unwanted occurrence an incident that happens without warning, sometimes resulting in a passenger or member of staff becoming injured. Buses can become very busy. During peak times, there is space for passengers to sit down and to travel standing, holding a handrail. Passengers may also get up when the bus is moving. What’s more, seated passengers do not wear a seatbelt. All of this means that if the bus stops suddenly, or collides with another vehicle, passengers can be knocked over or thrown from their seats, causing injuries. Not all accidents that happen while on a passenger is on a bus will mean a claim for compensation is possible even if there have been injuries. Accidents on buses can happen and no one is at fault. For this guide we are focusing on accidents that could have been prevented that caused avoidable injuries and occurred due to negligence.

What Are My Rights When Travelling On A Bus?

If you are travelling on a bus you are protected by EU legislation, which is also part of the UK law. Your rights as a passenger when travelling on a bus include;

  • Non-discriminatory transport conditions
  • Access for those with a disability at no extra cost. Financial compensation for loss of damage to mobility scooter.3
  • Travel information including minimum rules and right of a passenger.
  • Complaint handling mechanism which is available to all passengers.
  • Each Member State has an independent national body to enforce regulations and mandates.

Stagecoach Group’s Duty Of Care Towards Passengers

All transport companies owe their customers, staff and anyone else associated with the business a duty of care. This means that they are legally obliged to follow proper rules and regulations to keep you safe during your journey. If by fault of the bus company, a passenger is injured on their journey, they could be held liable for the bus passenger’s injury and have to pay them compensation as a result.

In the United Kingdom, bus service providers have to hold a Public Service Vehicle Operators licence. Stagecoach must comply with regulations set out by the: Public Passenger Vehicles Act, 1981, the 1995 Public Service Vehicles Regulations and the 2011 Road Transport Operators Regulations.

In order to operate, the bus company must comply with the following standards:

  • The driver of the bus must be fully trained and licensed
  • The vehicle must meet the criteria set out by the Disability Discrimination Act
  • MOT date records but be kept for each bus
  • The driver’s working hour rota must be monitored
  • All vehicles must be adequately insured and this must be kept on record.

Who Is Liable For My Injury?

If the bus company or an employee of Stagecoach such as the driver was at fault for causing an accident through a breach in the duty of care, Stagecoach Group maybe be held liable and you may make a bus accident claim against them. If a third party was responsible for causing an accident with a Stagecoach bus, such as a car that caused a collision, your claim will be against the driver’s insurance company for your injuries. Of course, not all road traffic accidents are straightforward so, sometimes the police or a court will have to judge where liability lies. In rarer times other parties may be responsible for the accident. For example, if a pedestrian lets their child run into the road in front of the bus, then the bus company nor a third party road user is to blame.

If you wish to claim compensation for a Stagecoach bus accident, you may not know who is liable for your injuries. If you make a claim with Accident Claims UK, your solicitor will be able to
Investigate who is liable for the public transport accident in which you were injured.

Whiplash Injury Claims

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that primarily affects the neck, but can also affect the upper back, shoulders and arms. Whiplash happens when a trauma forces the head beyond its normal range of motion, causing sprains to the ligaments in the neck, and other affected areas. A driver having to stop suddenly to avoid a hazard, or a driver colliding into the back of the bus, can cause passengers to suffer a whiplash injury.

If you have suffered a whiplash injury because of a Stagecoach bus accident you could be entitled to claim bus accident compensation. Call Accident Claims UK today, to see if they can help you.

Trip And Slip Passenger Injury Claims

If the bus floor is wet due to the weather or a spillage passengers getting on or off the bus could slip. If the bus floor is in disrepair or this is rubbish and items left in walkways passengers could trip. If you are injured in a slip, trip and fall on a bus it may be difficult to identify if the bus company would be liable for the incident. Sometimes hazards are foreseeable and sometimes they are not always clear. Slip, trip and fall accidents on a bus can result in soft tissue injuries, cuts and in extreme cases broken bones. If you are unsure if your accident could have been prevented please call our advisors for clarification. Call Accident Claims UK for your free consultation if you have the right to make a claim against The Stagecoach Group they could supply you with an expert solicitor.

Accidents Caused By A Negligent Bus Driver

Bus drivers have a duty of care towards their passengers and other road users. Negligent driving can include braking too hard for no reason or because lack of due care and attention, running a red light, driving onto a main road from a junction when it is not the driver’s right of way, or driving too quickly around corners. These sorts of rash behaviours can cause collisions, or cause passengers to fall forward and become injured.

If you were involved in an accident on a Stagecoach bus which was caused by negligence on the part of a bus driver, you could be owed compensation for any injuries you suffered as a consequence. Call Accident Claims UK today and if you are entitled to claim compensation, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your claim.

Accidents Involving Other Vehicles

Accidents can also be caused by other vehicles such as cars, lorries, vans, other buses, motorcycles, mopeds and even bicycles. These drivers have a duty of care towards other road users including the bus driver and passengers.

If you have been injured because of another driver behaving recklessly on the road, you could be entitled to claim compensation against the other driver. Contact Accident Claims UK today to start your bus accident compensation claim against the third party’s insurance.

Bus And Coach Accidents Caused By Bad Road Conditions

Under the 1980 Highways Act, local authorities and highway agencies are responsible for maintaining roads. This includes repairing potholes or damage to the roads, clearing the roads of any obstructions or spillages and treating snow and ice where applicable. Poor road conditions can cause accidents, or can cause vehicles to swerve, causing road accidents. If you have been injured on a bus because of poor road conditions, in order for you to make a claim against the local authority the incident must fit into their strict criteria.

Call Accident Claims UK today for your free consultation and to see if your bus accident circumstances are valid when it comes to making an accident claim due to poor road conditions.

Injuries Caused By Emergency Braking Accidents

If a bus driver makes a sudden stop, or an emergency stop, can you sue for injuries caused by a bus making an emergency stop? This is often complicated because an emergency stop may happen for a number of reasons. For example, the driver may have to make an emergency stop if a cyclist is knocked off their bike and falls in front of the bus. Therefore, liability for the accident can be difficult to determine.

If you have been injured in an emergency stop accident on a bus call Accident Claims UK today to see if your circumstances makes you eligible to claim compensation.

Compensation Calculator

If you have been injured because of a Stagecoach bus accident, you are probably interested to know how much compensation you could be entitled to claim. You can use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much you may be able to receive in general damages, which is compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that you have experienced as a result of your injuries. It is based on what type of injury you suffered and the level of severity.

Location of injuryCompensation (With Uplift)Injury Comments
Hand Injuries£132,040 to £189,110Total or Effective Loss of Both Hands
Hand Injuries£52,310 to £79,360 Serious Damage to Both Hands
Hand Injuries£27,220 to £58,100Serious Hand Injuries
Leg Injuries£90,320 to £127,530The Most Serious
Leg Injuries£51,460 to £85,600Very Serious
Knee Injuries£65,440 to £90,290Severe
Knee Injuries£13,920 to £24,580Moderate
Ankle Injuries£46,980 to £65,420Very Severe
Ankle Injuries£12,900 to £24,950Moderate
Toe Injuries£12,900 to £29,770Severe
Toe InjuriesUp to £9,010Moderate

Please note, this calculator does not include secondary damages and does not reflect your personal circumstances. To receive a personalised estimate of how much bus accident compensation you could receive, please call Accident Claims UK today for your free consultation.

Are There Other Types Of Compensation I Could Claim?

If you make a successful bus accident compensation claim for a Stagecoach injury, your compensation package will be awarded in two parts. The first part will be general damages which compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity your injuries have caused. General damages are normally the largest part of a compensation package. The second part of your claim will be special damages. These compensate you for any expenses or financial losses you have experienced because of your Stagecoach bus accident, or Stagecoach accident on the road.

Examples of secondary damages you could claim:

  • Medical expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • At home care expenses
  • Home adaptation expenses
  • Car adaptation expenses
  • Loss of income.

No Win No Fee Accident Claims For Accidents On A Stagecoach

At Accident Claims UK, we give our clients the option to make a no win no fee claim. This means that the solicitor will not charge you an upfront fee. Instead, you will only have to pay your fee if and when your bus accident claim is successful. Your fee will be deducted from your compensation package, making your claim more affordable. What’s more, because you only have to pay your solicitors fee if your bus accident claim is successful, the financial risk is much lower.

Call Accident Claims UK today about making a no win no fee claim for a bus accident. If you have the right to claim, one of our excellent personal injury solicitors will start working on your case right away.

How Our Road Accident Team Could Help You

If you have been injured because of an accident on public transport, you could be entitled to claim compensation if the accident was the result of negligence. Call Accident Claims UK today and if you have the right to claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to start working on your claim. Our panel of solicitors have up to thirty years of experience handling personal injury claims and will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to claim.

To start your claim you can contact our team by dialling 0800 073 8801, or by clicking here.

Essential Resources

A Guide To Car Accident Claims – How much compensation can I claim for a car accident? You can find out more in this comprehensive guide.

Whiplash Compensation Claims Calculator If you have experienced whiplash learn more about when and how to claim compensation as well as how much you could be owed.

A Guide To Making A Road Traffic Accident Claims – How much compensation can you claim if injured in an RTA? Learn more in this comprehensive guide.

Bus And Coach Passenger Rights This guide from the UK Government looking at your rights when travelling as a passenger by bus or coach in the UK.

Bus And Coach Passenger Rights in the European Union This guide from the EU looks at your relevant rights when travelling as a coach or bus passenger anywhere in the European Union. The legislation is still relevant to the UK at the time of publication these rights may change after the UK leave the EU.

Victim Support

Support For Road Crash Victims From BRAKE BRAKE is a road safety charity which provides support to victims of road traffic accidents.

An NHS Guide To Counselling If you have been involved in a serious accident you may need counselling to come to terms with your accident. Find out about accessing counselling services in this guide.

Article by HC

Edited by MM.