Pedestrian Hit By Bus Injury Claims Guide

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 11th January 2024. This guide contains information about how to claim personal injury compensation if you are a pedestrian hit by a bus. It will go over some aspects of making a personal injury claim, including who could be liable for the accident, the ways this type of accident could occur, and how much compensation you might receive.

If you have been injured because a driver of a bus breached their duty of care and caused an accident in which you were involved, you could be eligible to claim. Read on to learn whether you can claim as a pedestrian who was hit by a bus.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with Advice.co.uk to learn whether you have a valid personal injury claim. Our advisers can answer questions you may have. Contact us by:

  • Calling us at 0161 696 9685
  • Contacting us via the live chat feature below
  • Filling in our online contact form with your query
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Pedestrian Hit By Bus Injury Claims Guide

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  1. Can You Claim If You Are A Pedestrian Hit By A Bus?
  2. How To Claim If You Are A Pedestrian Who Was Hit By A Bus
  3. I Was Hit By A Bus As A Pedestrian, What Could I Claim?
  4. What Evidence Do I Need To Prove My Claim?
  5. Start Your No Win No Fee Claim

Can You Claim If You Are A Pedestrian Hit By A Bus?

When making a personal injury claim for a pedestrian accident involving a bus, you must be able to show three things:

  1. A road user owed you duty of care. The Road Traffic Act 1988 establishes the duty of care that is owed on the road. In a similar vein, the Highway Code contains guidance on good road conduct, some of which is backed up by law.
  2. The road user in question breached this duty of care.
  3. As a result of this breach, you were injured.

If you’ve been injured after being hit by a bus, you may be able to claim if you can show the driver of the bus was negligent. For example, they may have:

  • Mounted the kerb and struck a nearby pedestrian
  • Sped through a red light, striking someone who was crossing the road
  • Did not stop at a zebra crossing when a pedestrian was crossing
  • Did not check the way was clear before turning into a junction

If you have further questions about duty of care, or if you’re uncertain about whether the bus driver was negligent during your accident, call us today. Our advisers can listen to your specific circumstances and offer advice about your potential claim.

How To Claim If You Are A Pedestrian Who Was Hit By A Bus

If you want to make a personal injury claim because you were hit by a bus, there are a few steps you could take. These include:

  • Seeking medical attention. Before taking any other steps, you should seek medical attention for your injuries. This helps to make sure that you get the treatment you need, and also helps create a record of your injuries.
  • Collecting evidence. The stronger your evidence, the stronger your road traffic claim. This may include copies of your medical records, video footage and photographs, amongst other examples. 
  • Contacting a solicitor. One of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel might be able to help with your claim. You can instruct a solicitor at any time during the claims process. They can also help you gather evidence as well as ensure all supporting documentation is submitted on time and in full. 

We can help you get your claim started today. If you are a pedestrian who was hit by a bus, please get in touch to discuss your potential claim and the process involved in seeking personal injury compensation.

I Was Hit By A Bus As A Pedestrian – What Could I Claim?

The amount of compensation you could receive for a pedestrian who was hit by a bus accident claim is awarded in up to two heads of claim. The first, called general damages, is meant to reimburse you for the pain and suffering your injuries have caused. The second, called special damages, is intended to return you to the financial position you were in before the accident.

A personal injury solicitor will usually refer to the Judicial College Guidelines when assessing how much an injury is worth. Rather than a personal injury calculator, we’ve included a table of injuries; the sums provided are compensation brackets taken directly from the JCG, apart from the first entry which is an estimated figure for multiple injuries.

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Injury Type Compensation Bracket Notes
Multiple Serious Injuries and Special Damages Up to £1,000,000+ Compensation may be awarded for multiple severe injuries plus any incurred expenses such as costs towards nursing care, lost wages and mobility aids.
Tetraplegia (a) £324,600 to £403,990 The award takes into account the level of awareness, physical pain, and ability to communicate.
Paraplegia (b) £219,070 to £284,260 Awards take into account future risk increasing paralysis as well as presence of other injuries.
Very Severe Brain Injury (a) £282,010 to £403,990 Compensation considers ability to return to normal sleep patterns and response to environment.
Moderately Severe Brain Injury (b) £219,070 to £282,010 Dependence upon others and need for constant care. Phsyical or cognitive disability.
Moderate Brain Injury (c) (i) £150,110 to £219,070 Moderate to severe intellectual deficit, effect on senses or ability to communicate.
Total or Effective Loss of Both Hands (a) £140,660 to £201,490 Injury that damages hands so badly they are rendered almost completely useless.
Serious Hand Injuries (e) £29,000 to £61,910 Injuries that reduce a hand’s usefulness to about 50% its former capacity.
Severe Knee Injuries (a) (ii) £52,120 to £69,730 Fractures that cause permanent mobility issues. Risk of arthroplasty.
Severely Disabling Elbow Injuries (a) £39,170 to £54,830 Injuries that lead to permanent disability.

If you suffered a whiplash injury, your claim may be evaluated via the tariff system introduced by the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. Similarly, you may have to make your claim using the Official Injury Claim online portal, as per the Whiplash Reform Program. Please call our advisors for more information about this.

Special damages reimburse you for financial losses incurred as a direct result of your injury. For example, some of the items that could be claimed are:

  • Lost earnings
  • Lost future earnings
  • Travel expenses made to get to medical appointments
  • Mobility aids or house conversions

To learn more about special damages, get in touch with our team of advisers. They can provide information about the financial expenses that could be recouped after your bus pedestrian accident.

What Evidence Do I Need To Prove My Claim?

If you were a pedestrian hit by a bus and you are eligible to make a claim for your injuries from this incident, you will need evidence to support your claim. The evidence you gather could help with establishing who was liable for the accident and the types of injuries you suffered.

Examples of evidence to support your claim could include:

  • A copy of your medical records detailing the injuries you suffered and what treatment you’ve received for them.
  • The contact details of any witnesses who saw the incident and who could provide a statement at a later date regarding the incident.
  • Photographs of the accident scene and your visible injuries.
  • Any video footage available which shows the incident, such as camera footage from the bus involved or any CCTV footage.

If a road traffic accident solicitor is supporting your claim, then they can assist you with gathering evidence to support your case. Contact our advisors today to see whether you could be eligible to work with a solicitor on our panel.

Start Your No Win No Fee Claim

If you’re thinking about making a personal injury claim, you may also be considering hiring legal help. Advice.co.uk could be able to help. If your claim is passed onto one of the solicitors from our panel, they may offer you a kind of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Under this kind of agreement, you will not have to pay upfront for a solicitor’s services. Instead, you pay a small percentage of your final compensation amount, and only if your claim is successful. This amount is capped by law.

To learn more, get in touch today. We can be reached by:

  • Calling us at 0161 696 9685
  • Contacting us via the live chat feature below
  • Filling in our online contact form with your query

Related Information

A few more guides on personal injury claims:

  • Multi-Car Pile Ups – Information about liability for multi-car pile ups
  • Motorcycle Accident Claim – Guide for claiming after a motorcycle accident
  • Car Passenger Claim – Information about claiming as the passenger in a road traffic accident
  • More resources you may find useful:
  • Whiplash Condition – An NHS resource for recognising whiplash symptoms
  • Brake – Charity dedicated to helping victims of road traffic accidents
  • Statutory Sick Pay – Government information about receiving Statutory Sick Pay after a work absence

We hope this article has contained useful information about claiming personal injury compensation after a pedestrian hit by a bus accident. If you need more information, get in touch by using the details above.