Public Transport Accident Claim *
Public transport is a very popular means of getting around in Ireland. The public transport system is used by thousands of people throughout the country on a daily basis. As the Irish transport system is growing it is important to be aware that accidents can happen. Public transport accidents * do not just affect passengers but can also involve pedestrians and other road users. It can be difficult to prove liability in these types of claims and claims can only be made if the driver or transport company is proved to be liable. Transport companies have a duty of care to ensure that all passengers are safe while using their services.
If you have been involved in a public transport accident * as a result of the drivers negligence then you may be in a position to pursue a legal remedy against the company which they work for. It is advisable that if you have been involved in a public transport accident *, you get details of witnesses that were present at the time. This will help you to prove liability in your driver negligence claim *.
Who is Liable?
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.
If you have sustained an injury as a result of negligence of another passenger on board they can be seen as liable. As a member of the public you have a responsibility to ensure that you do not act in a negligent manner which may cause harm to another individual. In some cases injuries can be sustained by tripping over a bag which another passenger has left in the way or by a passenger who does not act in a safe manner while boarding the vehicle.
What you should do if you have been involved in an accident
If you have been involved in any type of accident and have been injured, your first priority should be to seek medical attention to ensure that you have not sustained any serious injuries. Following this it is important to gather some information relating to the accident which you have been involved in. This can include;
- Details relating to the driver of the vehicle, including their name, contact information, vehicle registration number and insurance information. You should also gather information about their employer.
- Details of other passengers who may also have been involved
- If emergency services were called to the scene you should gather relevant information from them, including their contact information and reports which you may have given them
- Date, time and location of the accident
- Weather conditions at the time as this can help determine the cause
- If possible, you should take a photograph of the scene of the accident also as this can also help to determine the cause of the accident
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Sprains and Strains
- Soft tissue damage
- Back Injury
- Fractures and Breaks
- Head and Brain Injury
- Spinal Injuries
- Spillages and litter
- Faulty and defective doors
- Items falling from overhead
- Poorly labelled steps
- Broken Seats
- Poor driving
- Inadequate safety measures
- Poor positioning of vehicle when boarding or alighting
- Unsafe Vehicles
- Poor Road conditions and signage
- Poor weather conditions
- Failing to provide adequate time to alight vehicle
- Heavy Braking
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you would like to discuss any aspect of this topic or would like more information on the process of making a public transport accident claim *, feel free to contact our solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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