BUS CRASH VIC­TIMS WANT COM­PEN­SA­TION

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THREE vic­tims of a fa­tal bus crash are seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion fol­low­ing re­cent charges laid against the driver.

Rep­re­sent­ing the trio is Shine Lawyers part­ner Roger Singh, who said two men and one woman had come for­ward to launch le­gal ac­tion.

“The peo­ple in­volved are claim­ing com­pen­sa­tion for their pain and suf­fer­ing and as­so­ci­ated losses,” he said.

“Last week’s de­vel­op­ment con­firmed the driver had been charged.”

On Fe­bru­ary 16, a Whit­sun­day Tran­sit bus was trav­el­ling be­tween Airlie Beach and Proser­pine on Shute Har­bour Rd be­fore crash­ing into a ditch, killing 19-year-old Casey Stinson.

Se­nior Sergeant Nathan Blain, of Whit­sun­day Po­lice, said a full in­spec­tion of the ve­hi­cle was con­ducted and the ve­hi­cle’s con­di­tion was ruled out as a cause.

He said the bus was in “sound con­di­tion” at the time.

“The in­spec­tion de­ter­mined the me­chan­i­cal state of the bus was not a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to the crash,” he said.

Nor was the con­di­tion of the road to blame.

The 70-year-old driver was charged with one count of dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle caus­ing death.

He will ap­pear in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 24.

Mr Singh said it was “re­gret­ful and sad” the driver had been charged but those in­volved should be pro­vided with nec­es­sary com­pen­sa­tion.

“They can seek com­pen­sa­tion for pain and suf­fer­ing and for the cost of any fu­ture med­i­cal as­sis­tance or re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,” he said.

“In some cases, the in­di­vid­u­als daily ac­tiv­i­ties may be in­ter­fered with as a re­sult,” he said.

“Claims can be brought for eco­nomic loss when it’s af­fected their em­ploy­ment ca­pac­ity.”

Mr Singh said he had dealt with many cases of a sim­i­lar kind and said the in­juries could be long term.

“When­ever there’s an in­stance like this and the in­juries are sig­nif­i­cant like this, all of these in­di­vid­u­als de­serve com­pen­sa­tion,” he said.

“What’s hap­pened was not their fault.”

Whit­sun­day Tran­sit was con­tacted but de­clined to com­ment.

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