Busses, trains and other forms of public transit are quickly becoming people’s favorite ways to get around. Unfortunately, accidents happen and anyone who is not at fault for their injuries is generally owed some form of legal restitution. Keep reading for Martin G Schulz and Associates’ guide to what happens if you are injured in an accident while using public transit.
Who is at fault?
It is not up to you to determine fault if an accident occurs on public transit, but it is important to report the injury and accident to the proper authority. Transit operators and responders are trained to follow a strict legal process in order to maintain a fair and safe public service. If you suspect these processes are being disrupted, document your own experience and seek an outlet for reports or complaints.
Protect your rights
If you are the injured party, it is important to protect your rights in the short- and long-term. Follow these immediate steps: notify the transit operator immediately; collect names and contact information from all transit employees as well as any witnesses; finally, see a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible (even if the injuries do not seem serious).
No-fault vs. tort
Some governments exercise a no-fault insurance system where you may be eligible for benefits even if you are at fault for your injuries. In Alberta, insurers use a tort system that places the financial burden on the party at fault for the accident that caused the injuries. This means that if you are found to be responsible for injuries sustained on public transit, you or your insurance policy will carry the burden.
Get professional advice
If you are unsure about your role or your rights related to an accident on public transit, contact or visit Martin G Schulz today! Our legal experts will help you decide whether or not filing a personal injury claim is the right answer for you.