If you or a family member have been involved in a public transport accident it is imperative that you talk to a solicitor if you wish to pursue a claim.
Being involved in a public transport accident, regardless of how serious the road traffic accident was, can be a traumatic experience – especially if you have sustained any injuries. In cases where you are involved in a public transport accident that was not your fault, there may be a legal remedy. This legal remedy you can seek by way of a public transport accident claim.
Common Public Transport Accident Claims*
Drivers of public transport have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of their passengers. If they have led to the cause of an accident as a result of negligence they could be seen as liable for any injuries which you have sustained. In some cases the company in which they work for may be seen as liable as they are responsible for their employees. The transport company is also responsible for ensuring that their vehicles are maintained to a high standard and are in a good condition so as to ensure that injuries are not sustained. An important part of the claims process is determining liability so it is important that you gather evidence from the accident so that you will be able to determine this.
The most common public transport accident claims are:
· Rear-end Collision Claims*
· Hit and Run Claims*
· Roundabout Accident Claims*
· Passenger Injury Claims*
· Uninsured Driver Claims*
· Side Impact Collision Claims*
· Minor Impact Road Traffic Accident Claims*
· Head On Collision Claims*
· Fatal Road Accident Claims*
· Accidents on Bends in the Road Claims*
· Merging Traffic Accident Claims*
· Motorway Accident Claims*
· Zebra Crossing Accident Claims*
· Accidents Caused By Road Markings Claims*
· Car Parking Accident Claims*
· Defective Bollards Accident Claims*
What do I do if I’m involved in an accident on public transport?
Following a public transport accident, there are a number of steps you should follow:
1. Seek medical attention
2. Gather all relevant information at the scene
3. Report the incident to the Gardaí
4. Contact the transport company
5. Speak to a public transport accident claims solicitor
How do I make a claim?
Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a specialist public transport accident solicitor to help you with this.
1. Prepare information for a solicitor
2. Solicitor will become your trusted advisor and obtains a medical report
3. Solicitor will prepare the Injuries Board application
Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.
Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus on your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.
If you are to proceed with a public transport accident claim you may be entitled to claim compensation for the accident and added expenses you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.
General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following a public transport accident.
Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the public transport accident, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the accident (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages.
What are the Legal Time Limits?
The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.
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*In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.
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