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Coach company to compensate injured pensioner

Posted in: Bus Accidents Public Transport Road Traffic Accidents 

A coach company has been ordered to pay £10,000 in compensation to an elderly woman who suffered severe injuries after falling on a coach in May 2013. The accident happened after the driver pulled away from the stop before she was properly seated, causing her to fall and severely injure her shoulder. 82-year-old Mary Steel had been travelling from Braehead shopping centre in Renfrewshire to Dunoon when the incident happened.

Judge Judy Stacey ruled at the Court of Session in Edinburgh that the driver of the McGill’s bus was at fault and that the firm was liable. She said: “In my opinion, the defender’s driver failed to ensure that a passenger who had been seen by him to be elderly and unsteady was seated before moving off.” She concluded that Ms Steele was entitled to compensation for her injuries.

350 buses across 40 routes

McGill’s Buses is the largest privately-owned bus company in Scotland, owned by brothers Sandy and James Easdale.  The company operates over 350 buses across more than 40 different routes. They offer transport to people predominantly in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, employing around 700 staff from its four depots in Barrhead, Johnstone, Inchinnan and Greenock.

Ms Steele was awarded with £10,000 in compensation for her injuries.

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