How Do I Claim For A Bus Pedestrian Accident?

Our guide outlines whether you could claim after being harmed by a bus in a pedestrian accident. We highlight the eligibility criteria for putting forward a claim and what the time limitations are when starting a pedestrian injury compensation claim.

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Bus pedestrian accident claims guide

Additionally, our guide explores what evidence can be useful in supporting your claim after a road traffic accident.

We also look into the duty of care road users owe one another and provide examples of how an accident on the road could occur if this is not upheld.

Furthermore, we cover the compensation you could receive and how solicitors value settlements. We also distinguish between the heads of claim that can form a settlement and explain how these aim to reimburse you for different losses. 

To conclude the guide, we detail how a No Win No Fee agreement works and how they could benefit you.

Please continue reading for further information. Alternatively, to discuss your potential claim in more detail, you can reach an advisor by:

  • Calling 0800 408 7825
  • Filling in your details on our form to contact us
  • Using the feature below offering a live chat with an advisor

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  1. Could I Make A Bus Pedestrian Accident Claim?
  2. Examples Of Bus Accidents Involving Pedestrians
  3. How To Prove Pedestrian Accident Claims
  4. How Much Could I Get For A Bus Pedestrian Accident?
  5. Talk To Our Team About Claiming On A No Win No Fee Basis
  6. Learn More About Bus Pedestrian Accident Claims

Could I Make A Bus Pedestrian Accident Claim?

When claiming for injuries caused by a bus in a pedestrian accident, you will be expected to meet the eligibility criteria. This means that in order to start a claim, you should show that:

  • A duty of care was owed by the road user.
  • There was a breach of this duty.
  • This breach caused you to suffer injuries. These three criteria form the basis of negligence, for which you could be eligible to make a road traffic accident claim.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 outlines the duty of care that road users have to use roads safely and in a way which reduces the likelihood of harming themselves and others. The Highway Code also contains guidance on how to operate safely on roads as well as rules, some of which are backed by law. 

A failure to uphold this duty could lead to another road user becoming injured on the road.

Pedestrian Accident Claim Time Limits

The Limitation Act 1980 contains information about how long after a road traffic accident you can claim. Generally, you will be given three years from your accident or from the date you became aware of the negligence to start a claim. 

However, there are exceptions that can apply in some circumstances. To talk more about these exceptions, eligibility and how to claim compensation for an accident or injury, please get in touch with an advisor using the number above.

Examples Of Bus Accidents Involving Pedestrians

There are several ways you could be harmed by a bus in a pedestrian accident. For example:

  • The driver of the bus may not be paying attention to the road causing them to drive through a red light and knock over a pedestrian crossing the road. This could cause a broken foot injury, back or spinal injury for which you may be able to make a pedestrian accident claim.
  • A bus driver may fail to stop for a pedestrian crossing the road on a zebra crossing. The pedestrian may suffer head injuries or brain damage as a result.  

Not all road accidents will form the basis of a valid claim. You must be able to prove that negligence occurred. Please get in contact with our team for more information. Alternatively, continue reading to learn how you can prove a pedestrian accident claim.

How To Prove Pedestrian Accident Claims

Having evidence to accompany your claim will help to prove that negligence occurred. For example, if you were hit by a bus in a pedestrian accident, you could collect:

  • Dashcam or CCTV footage which can help to illustrate who was at fault for the accident.
  • Medical records which can show details of the injuries you suffered.
  • Contact details of witnesses which can be used to gather statements at a later date which could help corroborate your version of events.

A solicitor from our panel could help you to gain these pieces of evidence. They have experience handling claims similar to your own and can ensure you put forward a full and complete case. 

To find out whether they could represent your claim, get in touch using the number above.

How Much Could I Get For A Bus Pedestrian Accident?

You may be entitled to compensation after being harmed by a bus in a pedestrian accident. There are two heads of claim; one of these is general damages which compensates for the suffering, both emotional and physical, you have experienced due to your injuries.

Valuing your injuries may be done with the assistance of the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a document that can be used by solicitors as it provides guideline compensation amounts for various injuries.

Examples of these are included in the table below. However, it should be noted that these figures are not guaranteed representations of the compensation you will receive. 

Injury Severity Notes Compensation Guidelines
Brain Very Severe (a) There is no meaningful response to environment, if any at all. There is also reduced language function and the requirement for care full time. £282,010 to £403,990
Brain Moderately Severe (b) Very serious disabilities, either cognitive or physical, causing a need for professional, constant care. £219,070 to £282,010
Back Severe (a) (i) Spinal cord and nerve roots have suffered damage. This will cause severe pain and disability. £91,090 to £160,980
Back Severe (a) (iii) Disc lesions or fractures of vertebral bodies as well as soft tissue injures which have caused chronic conditions are included in this bracket. £38,780 to £69,730
Arm Severe (a) Injuries are extremely serious and only just falling short of amputation. For example, a serious brachial plexus injury. £96,160 to £130,930
Arm Resulting in permanent and substantial disablement (b) Serious fractures affecting one or both forearms causing a significant and permanent residual disability. £39,170 to £59,860
Leg Severe (b) (ii) Very serious injuries causing permanent mobility issues. £54,830 to £87,890
Leg Severe (b) (iii) Serious compound or comminuted fractures are included in this bracket. £39,200 to £54,830
Foot Severe (d) Fractures of both heels or feet. Mobility is substantially restricted and the pain is considerable and permanent. £41,970 to £70,030
Foot Moderate (f) Metatarsal fractures that are displaced and causing deformity that is permanent and accompanied by continuing symptoms. £13,740 to £24,990

How Special Damages Could Also Compensate You

You may also be eligible to receive special damages. These cover the financial expenditures you have incurred due to your injuries. 

For example, you may require professional care as a result of your injuries as well as physiotherapy, which you have to pay for.

Sustaining injuries from the accident may also mean you cannot return to work at all or while recovering. This could cause a reduction in your earnings, impacting you financially. 

Special damages can reimburse these types of expenses. However, it is important to have evidence for these financial losses. This can include payslips, invoices, and bank statements to show the monetary losses you have experienced due to your injuries.

For more information on the compensation you could receive following a successful bus pedestrian accident claim, get in touch using the number above.

Talk To Our Team About Claiming On A No Win No Fee Basis

When claiming for your injuries caused by a bus in a pedestrian accident, you may wish to work with a solicitor from our panel. They may offer to work on a No Win No Fee basis. 

As such, they could offer a Conditional Fee Agreement which is a type of No Win No Fee contract. This will usually entail you not having to pay for the services that your solicitor provides if your claim is unsuccessful.

However, your solicitor will take a success fee in the event of a successful claim. This fee is an amount of your compensation that your solicitor will deduct. The percentage is legally restricted by the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013

To learn more about these agreements, please get in touch with an advisor who could connect you with a solicitor from our panel, as long as there is a chance of your claim succeeding and it meets the relevant criteria.

Speak To An Expert

For any queries relating to your claim, please contact our team. They are available to provide legal advice for free and discuss whether you are eligible to seek compensation.

You can get in touch by:

  • Calling 0800 408 7825
  • Filling in your details on our form to contact us
  • Using the feature below offering a live chat with an advisor

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