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Hundreds of thousands of people living in Toronto take public transit by way of a bus, streetcar, or subway every day.

The transit system in the city is run by the TTC, or Toronto Transit Commission. It is the busiest public transit system in Canada, assisting people making their way around the GTA from the early morning rush hour through to the late hours of the night.

Unfortunately, there are risks to public transport, whether you are a passenger, pedestrian, or driver.

Each year, public transit vehicle accidents occur and have become commonplace. Some of these have even involved fatalities.

If you have been a victim of a public transit vehicle accident, reach out to a public transportation accident lawyer at Joshua Goldberg Law. Find out what to do, how to move forward, and how to file a claim for compensation that you may be rightfully owed.

Understanding Public Transit Accidents

Road accidents and collisions relating to public transit happen. Bus accidents and streetcar accidents in Toronto can occur on any route and at any time of day.

An accident or collision with a TTC vehicle is typically the result of reckless driving, losing control of a vehicle, and/or driving in a hurry and not paying full attention to what’s happening around you.

In the eyes of the courts, a public transit accident is treated like any motor vehicle accident. In that, if you’ve sustained a personal injury from such an accident, you may want to speak with a public transit accident lawyer who can advise you of your rights.

You may be entitled to compensation relating to statutory accident benefits, medical expenses, income replacement, and long-term care expenses.

Legal Representation For Public Transit Accident Victims

A legal expert in public transportation accidents can provide a path forward when you’ve been hurt and don’t know how to file a case for a claim.

With extensive knowledge of public transportation accidents, personal injury law, and motor vehicle accidents, we can provide guidance on how to handle injuries sustained involving the TTC as well as other forms of public transportation.

Trying to navigate the legal system without representation while also recovering from an injury is unnecessary. Find legal representation to protect your right to rehabilitation and compensation, and to live with peace and dignity following a public transit accident.

Types Of Public Transit Accidents

There are many types of public transit accidents. This type of accident can hurt bus drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, or people in another vehicle.

It could be that the victim is a passenger on a TTC vehicle and was injured as a result of careless, inconsiderate driving. It may be that you were injured on public transit as a result of the actions of another passenger.

Common types of public transit accidents include colliding with an object, mechanical failure causing an injury, a sudden stop or turn causing a passenger injury, a slip or fall entering or exiting the vehicle, a public transit platform hazard, striking a pedestrian or cyclist, a collision involving another public transit vehicle, or a collision involving another vehicle.

Seeking Compensation For Public Transit Accident Injuries

It can prove to be exceptionally difficult in Ontario to secure compensation in a motor vehicle incident involving a public transit company.

Studies have found that many victims of public transit accidents receive very little compensation and sometimes none from the TTC. Some even go without compensation for medical expenses clearly related to an accident.

This is particularly true with careless driving where there is no collision with another automobile or object. If you are a passenger and have been injured in such a situation, you are not eligible for statutory accident benefits.

If you’re the victim of an injury sustained by another rider or passenger, you are not permitted to claim compensation from the TTC and, instead, are required to cover medical expenses using any available medical insurance policy or pursue a tort claim against the other party.

Don’t be discouraged. With a public transit accident lawyer, we will fight on your behalf to ensure your rights are respected.

Role Of Public Transit Accident Lawyers

With public transportation accident lawyers, our role is to build the strongest possible case for you. This involves collecting evidence and submitting the strongest argument before the courts for compensation.

A lawyer will help guide how evidence is collected and provide insight on what’s most likely to get you success.

If your case makes it to court, your personal injury lawyer will represent you, put forth your argument before the judge, and argue for you to receive the maximum compensation and benefits you are entitled to receive under Ontario law.

Challenges In Public Transit Accident Cases

As evidenced, with any sort of bus accident or an accident involving public transit vehicles, the law is highly regulated.

An injured person has up to two years from when the accident happened to file a claim. If there is a lack of evidence, the claim may be invalidated and denied. If a claim for recovery damages has not submitted a written notice within ten days of the incident in question, this may be another way to have your claim denied.

Especially if the at-fault party is a public transit company, there are many challenges to obtaining a legal win and compensation.

All these reasons are why it’s imperative to act quickly and connect with a public transportation accident lawyer.

Importance Of Seeking Medical Attention After A Public Transit Accident

An injured party must prove the extent of their injuries and that the injuries are connected to a public transit accident. It is not enough to rely on anecdotal evidence. Seek medical attention and have your injuries documented.

After a public transportation accident, seek out emergency medical attention to ensure you are receiving proper care with no delay. Follow up. Attend appointments you are booked for. Any medical care that is offered to you, accept it.

Every effort to heal and recover will be documented. This can be used by your lawyer to highlight your commitment to getting better. It also provides irrefutable evidence of what you’re going through during your recovery.

Determining Liability In Public Transit Accident Cases

To gather evidence to determine liability and prove someone else is at fault in a public transportation accident is not easy.

To do this, one has to look at the strength of your evidence. Record the incident by writing it down in detail with your lawyer. Photos of the incident can prove essential. In addition, medical records, police reports, relevant receipts or invoices, and witness statements can all have immense value in determining liability in any bus accident case involving serious injuries.

Why determining liability in a public transportation accident is hard is because of the legislation protecting the public transit company.

This makes launching a claim all the more complex and the requirement of a personal injury lawyer all the more necessary.

 Common Injuries In Public Transit Accidents

Injuries from an accident involving transit vehicles can be life-altering.

While there can be minor injuries, there are also significant impairments and long-term disability. The most common and frequent injuries in public transit accidents are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, fractures, broken bones, dislocated limbs, torn ligaments, whiplash, and cuts, bruises, and burns.

Due to the size of the vehicles involved, sustained injuries from a public transit accident can prove fatal as well.

The risk of a fatality from a public transportation accident is significantly increased if the victim is either a child or an elderly person.

 Advocating For Public Transit Safety

No one expects to get injured when they are near public transit or when they step on the TTC for travel.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a public transportation accident, reach out to Joshua Goldberg Law today. There may be benefits and compensation that you can access to help cover your medical expenses, income losses, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

When you come for a consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, we will sit down with you to analyze the location and circumstances of the accident. Based on this information, we can advise you on how to pursue a case.

Contact the team at Joshua Goldberg Law for more information. If we believe we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries, we will be your legal representative to ensure you get it.

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