The Toronto Transit Commission operates several public transportation systems, whether it be subways, buses, and trains. And while they do their best to protect all passengers that hop on board, accidents still occur. With that being said, follow along to find out what you should do if you are injured in a bus accident and how a proficient Toronto public transportation accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group can assist you with filing a claim.
What are the most common causes of bus accidents in Toronto?
Due to their sheer size and weight, bus drivers must practice great caution when operating a bus. This includes ensuring there is enough space to break and to make turns, along with ensuring there is a heavier application on the breaks. If this does not occur, then an accident may result.
As you may have deduced, bus driver negligence is the most common cause of bus accidents in Toronto. Other examples of such negligence include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The bus driver is driving recklessly:
- Texting while driving.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Changing lanes or merging without checking large blind spots.
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals.
- Making sudden starts and/or stops.
- The bus driver is negligently discharging passengers.
- The bus driver fails to have safety equipment on board.
- The bus driver prematurely closes the doors.
What should I do if I am injured in a bus accident in Toronto?
There is an extra step that must be taken for a public transportation accident claim versus that of other personal injury claims. That is, when you are injured in a bus accident in Toronto, you will have to file a Notice of Claim against the municipality. Importantly, this must be done within 10 days of the date of your accident. As you can see this is a different deadline than filing your overall personal injury claim, as this has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of your accident.
In addition to filing a Notice of Claim, you should do the following immediately after you are injured in a bus accident:
- Call the authorities: a law enforcement officer will conduct an official report of your accident and call for medical assistance.
- Capture the scene: take photos and videos of your injuries, damages, and the overall scene of the accident.
- Collect information: ask for the contact information of the negligent bus driver and any present witnesses on board.
- Attend to medical assistance: get help at the scene and also follow up at the hospital. Collect any medical documentation and bills along the way.
Nonetheless, time is of the essence. This is why we recommend that you do not hesitate in retaining the services of a talented Toronto auto accident lawyer.