Bus passenger injured by collision wins £1,200 damages


After some procedural delay, Simpson Millar was able to secure a reasonable settlement for a bus passenger injured in an avoidable collision.

Bus Accident

Our client, a credit controller, was sitting on a First Manchester no.83 bus on 15 December 2011. Although it was a sunny, dry day with good visibility, our client received a severe jolt when a car collided with the part of the bus in which he was sitting.

The impact of the car caused him whiplash injuries to his neck, with persistent headaches and pain that would disturb his sleep for the next 6 months.

Immediately after the accident, it became clear that the car had been travelling in the wrong lane for the direction in which its driver wanted to travel.

We alleged that the driver failed to stop, slow down, steer or otherwise control his vehicle so as to avoid hitting others. He also failed to keep a lookout or give any audible or visible warning, instead colliding with the bus and with it our client.

An original submission was made through the Ministry of Justice's pre-action Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents portal, which is designed to quickly facilitate small claims ahead of court involvement. However, this remained unanswered within the 15 days allowed by the protocol.

In due course the errant driver's insurance company admitted liability, and in accordance with our client's instructions we reached a settlement of £1,200.

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