Accidents involving buses, streetcars, subways, and trains occur on a regular basis in the cities of Ottawa, Kingston, and Sudbury. While many individuals are injured in these types of accidents, some can be severe and even fatal. If you’re a public transportation passenger, little can be done to predict an impending accident or prevent it from happening. Consequently, passengers using public transit venues are particularly vulnerable to injuries whenever an accident occurs.
Obviously, bus, streetcar, subway, and train drivers are not perfect and will occasionally make mistakes when driving. However in some cases, those mistakes happen when drivers are exhausted, fatigued, lazy, negligent, or overworked. If an accident occurs, you may thrown through the air and collide with other passengers or the interior of the vehicle itself. When passengers get injured, brain injuries and broken bones can be common. In any event, you should contact a personal injury lawyer.
The need for a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve sustained injuries in a public transit accident, a personal injury lawyer can evaluate your claim and determine the value of your case. In other words, you may find that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and any of the following damages:
· emotional distress
· hospital and medical bills
· loss of earnings both past and future
· pain and suffering
· physical therapy
· prescription medication
It’s important to remember that there are a number of unique laws that are taken into consideration whenever you file a personal injury claim and lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer will know exactly what is required when filing such a claim such as how much time you have to file your claim and what your case is potentially worth.
Don’t sign Anything
Have you been asked to sign anything by the public transportation company? Your personal injury lawyer will encourage you not to sign anything until he or she can review the documents attributed to your case. This is critically important since it could limit your compensation if you’ve signed anything that the insurance company or public transportation driver presented to you. Even worse is that the document you sign could absolve the responsibilities of the driver and insurance carrier. That can be detrimental to the chances of ever getting compensated. And as per the Ontario tort laws, it is important that victims of personal injury get the right amount of compensation. However, don’t try to do it alone. You might get lost in the complexities of law and it is best that you hire a good lawyer.
The bottom line is that you should forward any documents that you receive to a personal injury lawyer immediately. The only time any documents of this nature should be signed is after you have consulted with your lawyer and have determined how to proceed with your personal injury claim.