Involved in a public transport accident? Here's what you should know

Public transportation performs a vital service that thousands of people rely on every day. Learn what to do if you're involved in an accident while traveling via bus, train or other municipal or private carrier.

Involved in a public transport accident? Here's what you should know

A responsibility for safety

Companies and agencies that provide transportation services to the public have a responsibility to take reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of their passengers, and most do a commendable job.

  • However, accidents do happen, and when they do you should speak with an experienced attorney to ensure your rights are protected, especially in cases involving driver error, driver intoxication, distracted driving, mechanical failure, collision with one or more other vehicles or slips and falls.

Frequently asked questions about public transportation accidents

The following are some helpful tips that will come in handy if you should ever be involved in a public transport accident:

1. Assuming you are uninjured, should you help others who may need assistance if it doesn’t seem imminent?

Typically the onsite employees of the transport company involved are responsible for calling for assistance, but if they are injured, unavailable or refuse to contact emergency authorities you should take matters into your own hands, calling for emergency services and notifying the police that there has been an accident.

  • DO NOT MOVE anyone who has been injured in the collision. You may aggravate their injuries.
  • As a general rule, a person is NOT required to assist another person who is injured or in danger; however, many states and provinces have passed “Good Samaritan” laws that provide immunity from liability to people who assist others when they are in need, so in most cases you are free to help others without fear of being sued.
  • Willfully wanton or reckless behaviour is not immune from liability.

2. Should you still seek a medical examination afterwards, even if you believe you are uninjured?

It's always a good idea to be examined by a medical professional if you're involved in any type of accident, even if you do not believe you're injured.

  • Not all injuries are immediately apparent and some, such as exposure to certain chemicals, might manifest only with the passage of time.

3. What kind of info should you collect immediately following the accident?

  • Collect and record as much information about the collision as possible, including names and contact information from other passengers and transit employees.
  • Take pictures if you can do so without interfering with emergency responders.

Just compensation for injuries, loss of income and other costs

When you're injured while riding on public transportation or in any kind of accident it's important to seek medical attention right away, not only to assess your current state of health but also to establish a record of treatment if complications should occur or if additional treatments are required at a later date.

  • You should also speak with an experienced personal injury attorney without delay in order to protect your right to seek just compensation for your injuries, loss of income and other associated costs, as well as to improve the safety of public transportation for future riders.
  • Until you have secured legal representation, do not talk with the at-fault vehicle’s insurance company adjusters or anyone else other than the police about the nature and severity of your injuries or the circumstances of the accident.
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