Thousands of people rely on public transit to get to work, school or back home. However, not all public transit vehicles are 100% safe. Drivers can make mistakes or machines can fail. So what do you do if you get injured while on or hit by a bus or train?
See a Doctor
First, if you have been injured as a result of a public transit accident, go to a doctor to get evaluated. They can help determine how severe your injuries are and how much compensation you should receive. They can also rule out more severe injuries and decide if you are well enough to go back to work.
If you were injured on a bus, for example, then you and the other victims of the crash need to be able to prove that the driver was negligent. If the bus driver had to slam on their brakes but still caused a collision, this is not carelessness. However, if the driver of the bus fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road, then this would be considered negligence.
Suit Against a Manufacturer
Sometimes the mechanisms on the transit system, like motors or brakes, can fail which can lead to injuries. A personal injury law firm will help build your case against the company that made the faulty product.
Suit Against City Bus
If you choose to file suit against a bus you will need to obtain the transit file number and send that information to the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance within 10 days since the time of the accident. This will then go to the Risk Management Section where it will be processed by the city.
Public transit can be a great way to go from place to place for people living on a budget. However, accidents can still happen on public transportation, like traffic collisions or a mechanical parts failure. An Edmonton transit bus injury lawyer will be able to help you file a suit against the city.