Travelling by bus in British Columbia can be as dangerous as travelling by car. If a passenger suffers injuries while using public transit, he or she may have questions about who may be responsible for any damages sustained. Injuries in such circumstances can result from the bus being involved in a crash, or a passenger falling when the bus comes to a sudden halt. Dangerous conditions on the bus, such as broken seats can also cause personal injury, and liability will depend on various factors.
If the bus was involved in a crash, the reasons for the accident would have to be investigated. If the injured victim decides to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, he or she will have to establish negligence on the part of the bus driver or the operator of the other vehicle. On the other hand, if negligent driving by the operator of the bus caused the injury, the driver and the city may be named as defendants, and if damaged equipment caused a fall, a cut or other injury, the city might be the only defendant.
Any victim of an injury on public transit may benefit by securing as much information at the scene as possible. Taking photos with a cell phone,if possible, and recording the contact details of any witnesses may prove helpful. Even if the injury does not initially appear significant, injuries caused by whiplash or otherwise may lead to high medical expenses and ongoing physical problems. For this reason, going for a medical evaluation and obtaining a doctor’s report as soon as possible after the incident is important.
To determine the viability of a lawsuit, the most appropriate step may be to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in British Columbia. A seasoned lawyer can launch an independent investigation to identify possible defendants and to establish negligence. In addition, the lawyer can assist in determining the monetary damages and documenting the claims for financial and emotional losses when presenting the lawsuit in a civil court.
Source: FindLaw Canada, “Can I sue if I got hurt while taking public transit?“, Miriam Yosowich, Accessed on Feb. 3, 2017