Every bus rider should carry a small notepad and a pen or pencil. If the bus’s driver collides with a motor vehicle, and if the impact injures one or more passengers, each of the injured individuals is supposed to record certain pieces of information.
Information to be recorded by injured passenger:
• Bus operator’s information
• Vehicle registration number
• License plate number on involved vehicle
• Insurance policy number for involved vehicle
• Name of company that issued policy
Few passengers have gained access to such information. That fact highlights the reason that anyone who has been hurt while using public transportation ought to consult with and hire an injury lawyer in Grand Prairie. The same lawyer can work with the hurt client, with the goal of proving that the responsible driver should be charged with causing the client’s injuries.
Evidence used to prove fault
• Witnesses: other passengers
• Video footage from internal and external cameras
Method to be used for gaining access to the footage from the cameras:
Normally, the local government arranges for operation of the bus or rail line used by local residents. That same government establishes the system that must be used for obtaining footage from the cameras that are focused on both the inner and outer parts of the various buses.
In the City of Calgary, a resident that has been injured while using public transportation needs to submit a special form, in order to obtain such footage. That form has this name: Freedom of Information/ Protection of Privacy Request.
Options available to injured passenger
If the bus driver caused the accident, the city can be held responsible. In such a situation, it would definitely help to have a lawyer. Lawyers are familiar with the timeline that needs to be followed when charging the local government with responsibility for a client’s injuries.
If the evidence indicates that the driver of another motor vehicle caused the injury-creating collision, then the affected passenger should plan to sue that responsible driver. That entails filing a personal injury lawsuit. Few passengers have the knowledge and skills required to proceed with a lawsuit in the absence of legal counsel. Consequently, one of an injured passenger’s first steps should ensure the hiring of a reputable lawyer.
The passenger’s timetable gets determined by the statute of limitations. Ideally, some of the passenger’s time can be used to consult with various lawyers, before actually selecting one, from among those consulted. Eventually, the lawyer-client team must work together on collecting all the information that needs to be presented in court.
A lawyer might be able to hire someone that can reconstruct the collision. In addition, a lawyer’s assistance could get used to counter any claim that the passenger’s own actions caused the injury.