Accident Benefits & Public Transportation
Using public transportation is not without its risks. In this day and age, public transit is everywhere, and ordinary people use it everyday. People also commute more than ever, making the trip into Toronto, five days a week. The emergence of passengers using public transit creates a number of safety concerns and exposure to risks. Passengers put there lives and safety in the hands of others, and are put in a variety of situations that may result in injury. Passengers could be involved in a collision, or injure themselves while boarding a bus. Unfortunately, as the law stands today, there are no accident benefits available to a passenger of a public transit vehicle, unless there was a collision. This means if the bus driver strikes a curb and sends you flying, you probably won’t get accident benefits. However, this does not mean you can’t sue in Tort for negligence through public modes of transportation.
IF THERE IS A COLLISION, YOU MAY HAVE A CLAIM FOR ACCIDENT BENEFITS
Passengers and drivers injured in a collision while taking public transit should be entitled to accident benefits following an accident. If you have been involved in a crash, you may be entitled to expenses related to medical care and rehabilitation such as physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment. You may also be entitled to income replacement benefits for lost wages if you are unable to work because of the injuries you have sustained in the accident. It’s also possible that you are entitled to attendant care services and assistance with personal needs inside the home.
Crashes involving buses and other forms of public transportation cause serious injuries to passengers in other vehicles as well. There also seems to be a disappointing number of pedestrians and bicyclists struck by buses in Ontario.
YOU MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO COMPENSATION
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bus or in a collision, you may have the right to sue for damages. If you are injured as a result of a collision or some other form of harm, first and foremost, you should seek medical attention. In some instances, there may need to be an ambulance called depending on the extent of injuries. If you have been injured while a passenger, you should notify the driver or an employee present. This is usually less obvious if you are injured from a sudden movement as compared to a crash. You should get the name and contact information for all the employees present including drivers and operators. It is also important to gather any information from potential witnesses such as their name and contact information.
CONTACT A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER AND TAKE LEGAL ACTION
Unfortunately, injuries happen often involving motor vehicles, and public transit is no exception. Whether or not a collision occurs, there may be recourse by suing in tort law. It’s important to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer to discover whether it is worth pursing. If you have been seriously injured at the fault of someone else, you deserve compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact the experienced team at Bernstein Law Group to help protect your rights and advocate for the best possible results.