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Public Transport Injuries

Public transport covers an array of commuting services that we use to travel through various places by aircrafts, boats, taxis, buses, trains and coaches. Public transport vehicles are not owned by an individual and are not meant for the transportation of a single person or family. All members of a community publicly use them and thus it is the duty of the federal authority responsible for public transport to take care of the citizens. Although all vehicles manufactured recently are fitted with seatbelts, buses still are not. If a bus driver brakes hard, the travellers may get whiplash injuries or be thrown out of their seats thus resulting in public transport injuries such as arm injuries, leg injuries, head injuries or broken bones.

A large number of people travel on public transport vehicles every day and if a person is injured while travelling on a public transport vehicle, he or she has all the civil and legal rights to claim against the federal authority responsible for public transport issues. Sometimes, drivers who are running late decide to speed so that the lost time can be made up. This alone can lead to accidents on public transport in which the injured person is not at fault in any way. When an injured person claims against the authority, he or she may be entitled to get a fair amount of compensation for his or her treatment costs, loss of income, physiotherapy costs and suffering and pain he or she had to go through because of the accident.

Public transport injuries can at times be very serious. If you are involved in any  accidents on public transport, you must make sure to warn the driver and if possible, get his or her name, the number of the bus route or the registration number of the vehicle. Also, remember to keep hold of the ticket, which will prove to be significant evidence in support of your claim. Writing a report of the accident is also a good idea so that you do not miss out the smallest points of the incident. Also take photographs of the accident if you are carrying a camera or mobile phone with you and if possible, take contact numbers of the available eye witnesses at the site. It is advisable to speak to a professional and experienced lawyer before pursuing the case.

Trip on highway
Mrs J tripped on a pothole whilst crossing a service road running parallel to a main road, fracturing her shoulder, wrist and ankle. The Council initially denied full liability for her accident alleging Mrs J was partly to blame for not avoiding the pothole. Cooks arranged a Conference with a barrister and on his advice rejected this. After intense negotiations Mrs J was awarded £17,000.00 she said:
"I had help from the start regarding my claim and found the advice very reassuring. I have never had to make a claim before so was apprehensive but you did a lot to alleviate my worries. Thanks again for all your help and support."
Mrs J from London

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Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
Wrist Injury
Serious Neck Injury
Serious Hand Injury
Ankle Injury
Serious Knee Injury
Serious Head Injury

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case