If you have been injured whilst travelling on a bus, or by a bus whilst driving, walking or cycling, then you may eligible for financial compensation.
Your eligibility for making a claim comes down to two key facts:
- How your accident happened, and;
- When your accident happened.
How your accident happened
To be eligible to make a bus personal injury claim, you cannot be wholly responsible for the accident in which you were injured. You can however be partially responsible, although the greater your level of liability is, the less compensation you can realistically expect.
If you are unsure about how your accident happened, then you can still make a claim. Under the circumstances, your liability will be ascertained through an interview with your solicitor and by collecting any evidence to support your claims. It will be up to the other side to deny their own liability, and unless they have evidence to support this, it is unlikely to happen.
When your accident happened
You must make your claim within three years from the date your accident happened. In the United Kingdom, most personal injury claims are statute barred or time-barred after three years preventing you or a lawyer from bringing them forward.
If you were a minor at the time of your accident, then you have three years from the date of your 18th birthday to make a bus personal injury claim. Or if you are the parent or legal guardian of a minor recently injured in an accident, you can put in a claim on the minor’s behalf, so long as you have their consent to do so, as their ‘litigation friend’.
Can I make a claim if I don’t have any details about my accident?
If you were injured in an accident then there’s a good chance that you received some medical treatment for your injuries; this is sufficient proof of your injuries. If you did not receive any treatment, you should do this as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to write down the route of the bus that hit you and any other information that can place you at the scene of the accident. Witness statements are also good to have.
If you have absolutely nothing to link you to your accident, you should seek out expert legal advice as soon as possible to ascertain your eligibility for making a claim.
So am I eligible to make a bus personal injury claim?
So long as you meet the criteria above, you will probably be eligible for compensation.
To find out if you are eligible for bus personal injury claim compensation once and for all, we operate a free and no obligation claims helpline which you can call on 0800 157 1437.