Types of Public Transport Accident Injuries
The following are some examples of injuries that you could sustain from a public transport accident:
Whiplash, due to a sudden halting motion or a collision
Concussion, caused by a fall onboard a public transport vehicle
Cuts, bruises or broken bones sustained in a crash with a third party vehicle
A crush injury suffered after stepping off the public transport vehicle
What to Do in a Public Transport Accident
When travelling on public transport, you hand over the responsibility of care to both the driver of the vehicle and the company they work for. The last thing you expect when you step onto a bus, train or tram is to be involved in an accident, and as such the intensity and emotion levels involved with this type of traumatic event are very high.
Nobody can be expected to handle themselves perfectly in these scenarios, but following even a few of the below steps can save further damage from occurring, and leave you in a better place to recoup compensation down the line.
Seek Medical Attention for Injuries
In the immediate aftermath of a public transport accident, you should take a moment to check if you’ve sustained an injury. Adrenaline and shock can cause strange reactions in the human body and mind, so it might not be immediately obvious if you’ve been hurt.
If you have suffered an injury, the first thing you should do is to look for medical attention. If possible, call an ambulance to the scene, or ask somebody else to do it for you if not. An ambulance won’t always be necessary, but even minor injuries can often require the attention of a trained medical professional, so make sure you attend a local GP or hospital afterwards.
If you haven’t been injured, make sure that you get yourself to a safe point away from the main area of the accident, and survey the scene to see if other passengers have been hurt. Unless you have medical training yourself, crowding an injured person isn’t a good idea. From a safe distance, contact an ambulance for assistance.
As we mentioned earlier, more often than not there is a negligent party when it comes to public transport accidents, whether it’s the driver or the company they work for. An important part of establishing where the blame lies through a claim is to record details of the accident, so make sure to gather as much relevant information as you can after it has happened.
First, record the details of the public transport vehicle and route you were travelling on. If you were travelling on a bus, note the number and route. If you were on a train, note the time and any nearby stations or direction of travel. The same thing goes for if you were travelling on the Luas in Dublin.
Next, take a photo of the scene of the accident. If it’s safe to do so, step back from the accident site and capture an image of anything relevant, including any part of the vehicle that might have been damaged or caused injury.
If you believe that the driver of the public transport vehicle you were travelling on is possibly at fault, take their contact information if possible. The same thing applies to any third party drivers of vehicles or pedestrians that were involved in the accident
Finally, when the Gardaí or other emergency service workers arrive at the scene, note the name and contact details to whom the collision and injuries were reported. The filing of a Garda report is an important part of an insurance claim, so this is a crucial step.
Report the Accident to the Gardaí
Although the Gardaí might not necessarily need to attend the scene of every public transport accident, it is important for them to be notified after one has happened. For minor accidents, the Garda you speak to might inform you that their presence isn’t required, but for more serious accidents they will most likely need to assess what’s happened and take statements from witnesses or people who were on board.