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Coach, van and car accident claims

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Every year there are more than 1,700 deaths on UK roads, and around 150,000 casualties. Some coach, van and car accident injuries can be life changing, while even minor ones can have serious short-term effects on those involved.

If you are injured in a road traffic collision or a loved one passes away due to dangerous driving by other road users, you may be able to claim compensation.

At Leigh Day, we can guide and support you through the claims process and help you secure the relevant amount of compensation for you case, as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our specialist car accident solicitors can help secure early interim payments to fund rehabilitation costs for victims of car, coach, van and motorbike collisions and road traffic accidents involving drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

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Causes and types of coach, van and car claims

Road collisions can have many causes and outcomes. The type of coach, van and car accident claim best suited to your situation will depend on:

  • The people involved
  • Who was at fault
  • Where the accident took place
  • What injuries were inflicted

For example, a collision involving public transport will be handled differently to a pedestrian being struck by a car due to dangerous driving when using a pedestrian crossing.

Types of road traffic accident claims

Vehicles carrying passengers, such as public buses or private coaches, have a duty of care to those on board. If you are involved in a collision while travelling on a bus or coach, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our specialist lawyers can help you identify what happened and who is at fault to help you start a claim. Causes could include driver negligence or damaged equipment.

If you or a loved one are injured in a road traffic accident abroad, you can still make a claim. Such cases are often complicated by factors such as hospitalisation, repatriation and the collection of evidence for future claims.

Our specialist team handle a variety of cases on behalf of people injured overseas and those left bereaved through serious injuries to loved ones in other countries.

The Health and Safety Executive state that there are more than 5,000 incidents involving transport in the workplace every year.

You may work in a job that means you have to drive or use vehicles including cars, vans and lorries on a regular basis. If so, your employer has a duty of care towards you and must take every step possible to reduce the risk of workplace incidents. This means:

  • Conducting regular tours of the workplace, to inspect vehicles, roadways and hazards.
  • Ensuring workers are fit and competent to operate workplace vehicles and follow safe working practices.
  • Providing proper, up to date training for drivers of any workplace vehicles.

If your employer does not maintain a safe workplace environment and you are injured in a vehicle incident, you may be able to claim compensation. This could be due to:

  • Accidents loading forklift trucks
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Failure to carry out a risk assessment
  • Lack of vehicle operated training

We act for many cyclists and motorbike riders making compensation claims after being hit by cars or involved in road collisions. Learn more about the motorcycle accidents claim process.

Making a coach, van or car accident claim

If you’ve been injured in a car, coach or van accident, we can help. Get in touch with one of our expert road traffic accident solicitors for a free initial consultation.

One of our team will listen to your story and offer their expert advice on whether you have a legitimate claim and the best next steps to take. We’ll need to ask some questions around your injuries and those involved in the incident before proceeding with your case.

With most van, coach and car accident injury claims, you will need evidence to prove negligence and liability. A car accident lawyer from our team will talk you through the process and help you gather any information to support your case, from medical records to witness statements.

Claiming for a loved one

Losing a loved one is never easy, especially at the hands of a dangerous or negligent driver.

We have represented families at inquests where their loved ones have died due to dangerous driving and other causes of road traffic accidents. This includes families of pedestrians who have been killed by dangerous drivers while using pedestrian crossings.

When you are ready to talk, our expert team act with compassion to deal with sensitive cases and support you through both your grieving and claims process.

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Car accident injury compensation


How much compensation you could receive is based on the specific factors of your case. If your claim is successful, there are several ways your car accident compensation can be used:

  • Vehicle repairs – to cover the cost of any damage inflicted on your vehicle during the collision, whether to make repairs or replace it.
  • Loss of earnings – the number of days you cannot return to work due to your injuries.
  • Rehabilitation costs – both physical and psychological therapies and treatments to support your recovery.
  • Travel expenses – any travelling costs to and from appointments related to your injuries.
  • Physical and mental pain – for all injuries sustained, your recovery process and any long-term effects.

If you are claiming for someone deceased, compensation may be used to cover funeral costs and bereavement damages.

How much compensation you receive will depend on several factors, such as:

  • The severity of your injuries.
  • The overall impact on your life.
  • The extent of the damages to your vehicle.

Interim payments

Your case may take months before coach, van or car accident compensation is secured. In the event of this, we might be able to help you secure interim payments. These can be used to fund your recovery process or vehicle repairs while the claim is ongoing.

However, interim payments will only be granted if it can be proven that the defendant is liable for your injuries.

Successful road traffic accident compensation claims

A 16-year-old received a seven-figure compensation payment, including funds for private specialist therapies.

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A woman received a six-figure sum of compensation after being seriously injured in a road traffic accident.

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After a female cyclist was knocked off her bike in a hit and run we helped her secure a significant compensation payment.

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Why choose Leigh Day?

At Leigh Day, we have more than 30 years’ experience and a roster of expert solicitors, paralegals and professional support staff within our personal injury team dedicated to working on your coach, van or car accident injury claim.

We are accredited by various charities including:

We are retained by and provide legal advice for members of associations who have been injured in road crashes including:

Ready to talk? Speak to one of our experts about your coach, van or car accident claim. Call 020 7650 1200 or email the team.