Road Traffic Accident Claims

Bus & Coach Accident Claims

If you’ve experienced physical or psychological injury due to a bus or coach crash, you may be able to claim compensation.

Our solicitors have a great deal of experience in coach and bus accident claims. We have a team of specialist road traffic accident lawyers that have successfully claimed compensation for individuals who have suffered injuries in bus or coach accidents, both in the UK and abroad. We are also leading experts in representing groups of individuals that have been injured together in major incidents.

Bus and coach operators have a duty of care for the safety of their passengers whether they are a public transport operator, private hire company, coach tour operator, or school bus service provider. This is the same both in the UK and overseas.

The introduction of seatbelts on coaches has reduced the risk of injury, but all too often the physical and traumatic effects of an accident involving a bus or coach can be severe and long-lasting. Examples include whiplash, head, brain, and spinal injuries that can go long undiagnosed for a number of years.

If you've been involved in a bus or coach accident, it can be difficult to get to grips with who's responsible, and how to pursue the compensation you need, especially if you're trying to concentrate on recovering from your injuries. Our dedicated road traffic accident lawyers have helped many clients to claim compensation following a collision. We will fight tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, and to make sure that you get answers about what happened and why.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a bus or coach accident, contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case.


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Bus & Coach Accident Claims - More Information
    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you can expect to receive following a road traffic accident will depend on a number of factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you require as a result.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on a variety of factors including:

      • Your pain and suffering
      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you have incurred
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home

      Find out more about guide compensation amounts following road traffic accidents or call us on 0800 056 4110, and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you on which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee* agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the remaining costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years from the date of an accident to begin a compensation claim – or three years from the date of turning 18 if the incident happened when you were a child.

      However, there is no time limit for people who don't have the mental capacity to make legal decisions, which often applies to those who have suffered serious brain injuries.

      If your accident happened outside of the UK, then the time limit can be shorter. In this instance, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible.

      If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, also known as interim payments, are made in advance of any final settlement. They’re only made in an agreement with your opponent, if they admit that they're responsible for your injuries.

      Interim payments can be used to replace lost earnings, so you can afford to pay essential bills if your injury has meant you’ve been absent from work, as well as covering the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment.

      We'll work hard to get an early admission of fault, and also to obtain early compensation payments to relieve any immediate financial pressures you’re feeling.

Overall the process of working with Irwin Mitchell was very positive – it was very friendly, very comprehensive, from the first moment to the last.”

Liana, client
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Claim Compensation For Bus Or Coach Accidents That Happened Abroad?

If you were abroad at the time of your accident, whether on holiday or for work, you may still be able to claim compensation.

However, the time limit you have for claiming may be shorter than if your accident happened in the UK. As a result, it's really important that you contact us as soon as possible to begin the claim process.

Many claims can be made in the UK, and if your claim does need to be made abroad, we have many years of experience with foreign legal systems, so you don't need to worry. We will be there to support you at every step of the way. Our clients have received over £100 million in damages for accidents abroad in the last two years alone.

If you have any questions about how the process may differ if your accident took place outside the UK, call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation.

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Can I Make A Group Claim Following A Bus Or Coach Accident?

When you make a bus or coach accident claim with us, there’s more than one way you may be able to pursue it. You can claim for compensation individually, or you may be able to make a claim as part of a group.

Due to the nature of accidents involving public transport, there are often many people injured in the same incident. Sharing your experience with others can be helpful when it comes to claiming compensation.

If you were one of a group of people injured in a coach accident, there may be advantages in making a claim together. Multiple accounts of the accident and a united voice for those affected can help when it comes to achieving compensation.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell Following An Accident On Buses, Coaches And Public Transport?

Our specialist solicitors have a proven track record of expertise and success in bus and coach accident claims. We've worked on many of the most high-profile accidents and disasters of recent years.

Our team will guide you through the entire process in plain English, offering our support every step of the way. You'll get clear, straightforward advice that puts you and your family first.

Once we've begun investigating your claim, our team can interview witnesses, carry out site inspections and prepare reconstruction reports to find out who was at fault.

We're one of the only law firms in the UK with a specialist team carrying out road traffic accident investigations of this nature, so by working with us you can be sure that we're making every effort to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

The effects of a bus or coach accident can range from minor to serious or even fatal injuries, and go far beyond physical effects. Psychological trauma is common following road traffic accidents, both for the victims and their families.

We consider rehabilitation to be one of the most important aspects of dealing with a bus or coach accident claim, and we’ll work tirelessly to make sure you receive the support that you need. It's a commitment that has seen us become seven-time winners of the Claimant Solicitor of the Year award at the Post Magazine's Rehabilitation First Awards.

In serious injury cases where rehabilitation is needed, our client liaison managers will work with you to understand what support you need to improve both your physical and mental health from the start of your claim.

The support you need to return to work and live independently will all be considered when calculating how much compensation you should receive. We'll also consider whether you could be entitled to receive early compensation payments to help you access rehabilitation support as soon as possible.


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Awards & Recognitions

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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Proudly supporting vital charity work.

We're registered as approved solicitors with a number of leading national charities, and many of our team volunteer with these charities and support groups too.

Charities and groups we're involved with include:

  • Brake - the Road Safety Charity
  • RoadPeace – the Road Crash Victims Charity
  • Headway – the Brain Injury Association
  • The Spinal Injury Association
  • The Child Brain Injury Trust
  • The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum

We believe that getting you the right rehabilitation is just as important as claiming compensation. This approach has seen us win Post Magazine's Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.


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Our offices are located in major cities throughout the UK and have excellent transport links.

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