Travelling by bus is a part of many people’s daily lives. Whether you are commuting to work or travelling for personal reasons, the risk of injury during a journey is always present. Accidents can happen, and when they do, it’s important to know that personal injury laws in Queensland are in place to help. These laws are designed to protect passengers from injuries caused by negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the transport provider or other road users. This article will provide a basic guide on personal injury laws in Queensland, so that bus passengers can better understand their rights and what to do in case of an accident. 

What are Bus Passenger Claims?

Bus passenger claims refer to personal injury claims that arise while travelling by bus. These types of claims include injuries sustained due to an accident or negligence on the part of the transport provider, or other road users. 

The Legislation in Queensland

Under the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 and the Civil Liability Act 2003 (Qld), passengers have the right to seek compensation for their injuries and losses, such as medical expenses, lost income, and other out-of-pocket expenses. To make a claim, the passenger must be able to prove that their injury was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of the transport provider, or another road user.  

Making a Claim

The process of making a bus passenger claim is similar to other personal injury claims, starting with notifying the at fault party’s Compulsory Third Party (“CTP”) insurer, and providing evidence to support the claim. The relevant CTP insurer will then conduct an investigation into the claim, take statements, and review medical evidence, before determining whether their insured driver caused the accident, and the extent of any compensation to be paid to the passenger.  

If you are injured while travelling by bus, it is also helpful to immediately file an incident report with the transport provider so that they have a record of the incident and details of what occurred.  

Time Limits for Starting a Claim

It’s worth noting that there is a time limit for making a personal injury claim in Queensland. Generally, passengers have three years from the date of an accident to file a claim in court, but there are other important time limits that may apply. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.  

Legal Representation

Accidents can happen, and when they do, it’s important to know that personal injury laws in Queensland are there to protect you. As a bus passenger, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses, and with the right legal representation and evidence, you can get the justice and compensation you deserve. So, stay informed and know your rights, and you’ll be better equipped to handle any situation that may arise during your journey.  

Having a personal injury lawyer by your side can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motor-vehicle accident, contact Jack McDonald of Littles Lawyers for a free claim assessment. 

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