Many Alberta commuters have turned to public transportation in order to save money and remain environmentally friendly at the same time. In fact, Albertans are relying on public transportation venues in increasing numbers. Although many individuals have been doing this for years, many others are using public transportation for the first time and are entrusting their lives and well-being into the hands of a total stranger. So, the last thing a person expects in these cases is to sustain injuries in an accident. However, the fact is that happens oftentimes and leads to a lifetime of suffering and sometimes, disabilities.
Have You sustained Injuries in a Public Transportation Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently sustained injuries in a public transportation accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs associated with them. Naturally, you should seek medical care and treatment for your injuries first. However, there are a few important steps you should take if at all possible. If you were injured when the operator was forced to stop suddenly because of another driver, be sure to get the bus operator’s name and ID number and if possible, the license number of the offending vehicle.
It’s important to understand that there are two sources of evidence involved here. First, there are the other passengers that were aware of what happened and/or witnessed the event. Secondly, there is most likely an external and internal camera that contains video footage of what transpired. If you submit a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Request, you’ll be granted access to that video footage.
Furthermore, the legal action that you take with the help of a personal injury lawyer in Lethbridge will depend on whether the driver of the other vehicle can be identified as the at-fault driver. If the driver of the offending vehicle is deemed the at-fault driver, then you and your personal injury lawyer would file suit against his or her insurance company. If, on the other hand, the bus operator is the at-fault party, then you would file suit against his or her employer or, in most cases, the municipal government.
Ensure that Your Rights are protected
Whenever you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a public transportation accident, it is extremely important that you pursue legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. Not only does this increase your chances of getting a judgment in your favor, it ensures that your rights to fair and reasonable compensation under Alberta personal injury law are protected. That is why it does help to seek professional legal guidance than trying your luck in claiming damages on your own.