Whiplashed Bus Passenger Compensated Following Shunt at Traffic Lights


A Kent bus passenger who sustained injuries after a road traffic accident has been awarded damages.

The healthcare assistant was sitting in the bus, which was stationary at traffic lights in Canterbury Street, Gillingham, when the vehicle was shunted by another.

Car Shunted Bus

The impact of the collision, which happened in sunny, dry conditions on 15 April 2012, caused the 22 year-old to suffer whiplash-type injuries.

Forced off Work

Following medical attention at Gillingham's Medway Maritime Hospital and later physiotherapy at Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital, the injury forced the young woman to take time off work.

She was still absent from her job when she asked Simpson Millar LLP to pursue her claim for damages against the other party, a private driver.

"Our client was a passenger on a bus," said RTA Litigation Executive, Sophie Williamson, "which was stationary at traffic lights when the defendant collided with its rear."

Collision Avoidable

Sophie added, "Clearly the driver had failed to properly assess the bus' position and speed, and had failed to stop or otherwise do everything available to avoid the collision."

After she was awarded £2,146.46 in compensation, our delighted client said: "I am very happy with Simpson Millar LLP's service. I received letters regularly to keep me updated."

On the broader effects of her settlement, the claimant added: "I think it will help others because some people are scared to make a claim. But I'm proof that it is worth it."

Top tips to take away:

  • A whiplash injury in a vehicle can have more severe consequences than you might realise – if it happens to you, make sure you're treated without delay
  • If you're in a vehicle and you're injured due to a shunt from another, it's almost certainly the other party's fault

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