They are a common sight on our city streets. Buses lumbering through intersections, the brakes sometimes squealing as they veer towards a stop, ready to pick up more passengers and other depart.
In Ontario hundred of thousands of people rely on public transit as they travel to work, to visit friends and family, or to simply get around the city as the go about their daily activities. The vast majority of these rides are uneventful, but accidents can and do happen.
The sheer size of these vehicles means in accidents occurring between a bus and a car, cyclist or pedestrian, the latter vehicles, persons and passengers often suffer greater physical damage or injury. However, bus passengers can become seriously injured or even die as a result of these accidents as well.
From soft tissue injuries, to broken bones, to traumatic spine and brain injuries, it is imperative that you seek both medical attention and legal advice about what the extent of your injuries may mean in terms your rehabilitation process, lasting disability, and the financial assistance you will require for your recovery. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a municipal bus, HSH personal injury lawyers are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Factors Affecting Bus Accident Claims
In addition to being eligible for the statutory accident benefits schedule, if an investigation into the accident finds the bus owner (municipality) or driver is at fault or acted with negligence, you may consider making an additional claim for damages. These include financial loss (past and future income, cost of medical visits and rehabilitation, house-keeping) and compensation for your pain and suffering.
Accidents caused by fatigued, impaired or improperly or insufficiently trained bus drivers; reckless or distracted driving; overloaded or improperly loaded buses; and poorly maintained bus equipment are all possible grounds for a suit to seek damages for your injuries. However, the deadlines for filing claims involving municipalities and municipal employees are different than regular motor vehicle accidents.
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By contacting HSH personal injury lawyers promptly following an accident, you can be certain we will ensure no deadlines are missed and your legal options remain open. Together, we will help guide you through the rehabilitation and recovery process while also preparing your case with a special focus on your current and future needs.
After a traumatic accident, it is important to focus on your physical and mental well-being. As your legal advocates, we will give you peace of mind that your quest for justice is in good hands so you can concentrate on your health, family, and future.