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Public Transport Case Study: bus accidents

Public Transport Case Study : bus injuries

Trevor* [not his real name], a 60-year-old man, was travelling on a bus. The bus driver wasn’t paying attention and was forced to brake suddenly. Trevor was thrown about in his seat and sustained a prolapsed disc in his back. Prior to the accident, Trevor taught first aid.  He was able to return to work as a trainer but had to reduce the extent of his duties, causing him to lose shifts.

The claim was settled before the case made it to court. Trevor was compensated for economic loss and, additionally, for pain and suffering. He was very happy with the settlement amount and eager to move on with his life.

Injuries on Public Transport

Injuries incurred on public transport can include sprains, breaks and back injuries.

If you are injured on public transport, there are several things you should do:

  • Report the accident to the public transport operator
  • Ask witnesses for their details
  • Seek medical treatment
  • If you are in Victoria, phone the TAC (Transport Accident Commission) for a claim form
  • Seek legal advice regarding compensation.
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What the TAC Can Offer in Compensation

If you’ve been injured on public transport in Victoria, you can make a claim with the TAC. If you can prove that the accident was caused, or partly caused by another party, our TAC lawyers can assist you in pursuing compensation. The TAC can offer reimbursement for pain and suffering, financial loss and loss of enjoyment of life and scarring, to a maximum amount of $1,419,240.00.

As well as Victorian residents injured within Victoria, the TAC also provides relief to Victorian residents who are injured or killed interstate in accidents involving vehicles registered in Victoria. A non-Victorian resident who is injured or dies in an interstate accident as an occupant of a vehicle registered in Victoria is eligible too.

Bus Safety Tips

Although public transport in Australia generally isn’t dangerous, injuries and incidents can occur. While none of these tips guarantee that accidents won’t happen, following them is a good way to reduce the risk.
  1. Remain in your seat throughout the journey
  2. Don’t distract the driver while the bus is moving.
  3. If you’re standing up, place your bag(s) on the floor between your feet.
  4. Offer your seat to any person who is elderly, pregnant or disabled.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: August 11, 2016.

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