Injured on public transportation - who is responsible?
Considering the number of city buses that travel our Hamilton city streets on a daily basis, it is not surprising that accidents happen. Sudden braking, excessive speeds and proceeding to drive before passengers are seated are all common reasons for passenger injuries on public transit.
If you are injured because the bus stopped too quickly or started to drive before you were safely seated, you may be able to sue the bus driver and the municipality who owns the bus for your damages for pain and suffering, economic loss and future care costs. However, you will not be able to make a claim for accident benefits. According to the Ontario Insurance Act, a passenger on a City bus cannot make a claim for accident benefits unless the bus collides with another automobile or object.
If you suffer injuries while a passenger in a public transit vehicle, you should immediately retain an experienced personal injury lawyer who can protect your rights.