When a vehicle collision involving public transport occurs there are often a large number of people who suffer from a range injuries most of whom are likely to instruct a bus accident solicitor to make a compensation claim for damages against the driver of their vehicle, the company who owns the vehicle or any other parties involved in the collision and often against all concerned. It is often necessary for a bus accident solicitor to take action against all parties involved as a passenger is rarely in a clear position to see exactly what happened immediately before the incident occurred and is usually unable to tell a lawyer, with certainty where fault lies. Rapid Solicitors operate from offices in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth and will be pleased to give advice at no cost to establish whether or not you have a viable personal injury compensation claim. Do yourself justice – contact Rapid Solicitors without delay.
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A bus accident solicitor may also start a compensation claim against their own driver, if they suffer personal injury where no other vehicles were involved. Many injuries are caused, not because of any external factors but purely because of the limitations or shortcomings of the driver and the way in which the vehicle is driven. Passengers often move about or get in and out of seats in a large passenger vehicle and any sudden unnecessary movement or acceleration or deceleration can result in injuries, especially to elderly or infirm passengers. It is the driver’s responsibility to find out what his passengers are doing and determine if they may get injured if he deliberately causes any unexpected and unnecessary sudden movements.
An injured passenger who intends to make a bus accident compensation claim must be able to show that their fall and subsequent injury is because of the driver’s carelessness and not their own. A usual injury scenario would involve a passenger who boards a bus and proceeds to take a seat however the driver suddenly accelerates, which results in the passenger losing balance and falling to the floor. Whilst this situation is usually the fault of the driver, the passenger also has a duty to take care for their own safety and is expected to take appropriate safeguards against personal injury such as holding on tight when a bus is obviously about to pull off from a standstill or to stop.
Insurers are usually cautious when it comes to a bus accident compensation claim made by passengers riding on public transport. They typically ask for proof of travel and because of this, it’s always a good idea to keep your ticket. Retaining a ticket is not crucial if the police were called to the scene and recorded the details and circumstances of the incident including passenger details. Their investigation will serve as a permanent record of the passenger’s presence. Insurer’s apprehensions in regards to who was actually travelling on the vehicle are quite valid because often when there is a public transport related accident there are people who were not involved who try to file a fraudulent application for damages. These people believe that because there are many people involved in these types of accidents it will be easy for them to take advantage of the confusion and claim that they were also in the vehicle when the accident happened.LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 1800 339 958
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