European figures shows that the number of fatalities across the EU is falling. These reductions are largely attributed to changes and improvements in the roads as well as better vehicle standards including stricter rules on lorries and bus driving times. Here we’re focusing specifically on the buses as an accident on public transport can be just as debilitating and financially damaging as one in your own car. Travelling by bus is essential for many and though figures using buses across the UK have dropped it still accounts for billions of journeys.
The most recent figures issued by the Department of Transport revealed that around 4.61 billion people across the UK made journeys by bus in the year ending in September 2013. It is a decrease on the previous year but as said, it’s still a significant number of people travelling by road with someone else in charge of their safety.
Despite there being rigorous and developing safety measures in place for buses and their drivers there are still a few points you can keep in mind as a passenger, to safeguard against injury in the case of an accident:
Board and Alight Safely
The majority of modern buses have the ability to lower their entrance to help you board and alight. If you’re struggling make sure you wait to avoid the risk of slips and trips. The driver can adjust the step for your benefit.
Sit Safely or Hold Tight
Sitting down on the bus is always the best option from a safety perspective. Standing maybe more comfortable in some instances but the seats are there for a reason. If you do have to stand then holding onto the provided rails is essential.
Wait for your Stop
It’s easy to jump up and start heading down the bus when your stop is approaching but best practice suggests you simply ring the bell and wait until the bus has stopped before moving. This again reduces the risk of accident.
These may seem like common sense points but many accidents on public transport occur in part due to not following the best practice regulations of the company. With many buses now fitted with CCTV it is much easier for the company to prove you acted in contravention of their guidelines and therefore were at fault if an accident does happen. If you keep all of the above in mind and an accident resulting in injury still occurs then it’s time to call in Lamb & Co.
Lamb & Co Road Traffic Accident Claims
Making a claim against a bus operator can be more difficult than a regular road traffic accident case but you can discuss your situation in depth with one of our trained and experienced solicitors. You will need to provide several pieces of information about the accident to be able to claim and this can include your bus ticket, the bus’ registration and the company who operate the bus. The time will be key to finding out the name of the driver and the bus number but these are details you can pick up if possible at the scene too. The more you know the faster things can be processed.
As fatalities on the road are falling we should be looking positively to the future but it’s still important to keep in mind the risks and know your rights if you are involved in an accident on public transport.