In June, the Toronto Star reported on an analysis of data published by the Toronto police that focused on collisions involving vulnerable road users and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) vehicles. The article states that streetcars are disproportionately involved in these accidents, accounting for more than half of all fatal collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. The findings are sure to be of interest to any Toronto personal injury lawyer with expertise in accidents involving vulnerable road users.
The TTC is largely omitted from public debate on Toronto’s road safety issues, despite being the third largest public transit system in North America behind only the New York City Transit Authority and the Mexico City Metro. Fatal accidents involving TTC vehicles are relatively rare, after all, and public transit remains one of the safest forms of inner-city travel.
However, no discussion on road safety in Toronto can be complete without considering the TTC’s fleet of roughly 2,000 streetcars and busses, with special attention paid to the former. Between 2007 and 2017, 15 of the 29 fatal collisions between vulnerable road users and TTC vehicles involved streetcars, even though busses make up the majority of the fleet and serve more routes. Last year, streetcars averaged 7.61 collisions per 100,000 miles driven, more than double the rate for busses.
“Streetcars are heavy, don’t stop quickly and can’t swerve to avoid people,” TTC spokesman Stuart Green told the Star in an email. “Despite the training and best efforts of our operators to be defensive at all times, sadly, collisions do occur.”
From a Toronto personal injury lawyer’s point of view, individuals who are injured in collisions with streetcars have as much right to compensation as victims of crashes between private vehicles. However, determining liability in these scenarios can be tricky: When is the vehicle’s driver at fault for damages, and when does the responsibility fall on the municipality? Is the TTC itself ever to blame? As in most personal injury cases, the answer depends on the specifics of the accident. If you’ve been injured, collect as much evidence as possible from the scene and secure the contact information of potential witnesses. These proactive measures can mean the difference between accessing fair compensation and self-funding your recovery.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a public transit vehicle, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Toronto personal injury lawyer. Our team can assess your legal situation and provide guidance that helps you through your recovery.
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In 2016, nearly 2,000 Canadians died in car accidents and tens of thousands more were injured. While these numbers might shock casual observers, they will come as no surprise to personal injury and car accident lawyers who represent injury victims on a daily basis.
The infographic above, created using statistics from the Government of Canada, aims to make drivers aware of the risks they face on the road and provide guidance for the vital moments following an accident.
Are You Part of an At-Risk Group?
As car accident lawyers know, certain Canadians are at greater risk of automotive injury than others. Senior citizens, for example, are involved in accidents at a higher rate than the general population, as are 25- to 34-year-olds. If you fall into one of these segments, take extra care to adhere to the rules of the road: always wear your seatbelt; avoid distracted driving at all costs; and never drive while intoxicated.
Interestingly, rural drivers are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents, while urban drivers are more likely to be injured. We’ve discussed both the unique risks of rural driving and the serious concerns around inner city road safety before – no matter where you drive, always be aware of your surroundings.
What To Do After a Car Accident?
Your actions in the moments following an accident can have a profound effect on your physical recovery and your ability to access compensation through a civil suit. The steps included in this infographic are simple but can help you maximize your chances of a full and healthy recovery.
The first thing to remember when you’ve been in a crash is to stay calm. Take a deep breath, check yourself for injuries, and ensure your passengers are safe. Don’t leave your vehicle until you’ve assessed yourself and the scene surrounding the accident.
Once you’ve safely exited your vehicle, take stock of the scene and collect as much information as possible. Take pictures of your vehicle, the environment, and poor road conditions that may have contributed to the crash. Collect names and contact information from other drivers and any witnesses to the event.
If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately. In the event of a serious injury, an ambulance should be called – be sure to ask for a copy of emergency responders’ reports.
Finally, be sure to call your insurance company and contact a car accident lawyer while the details of the accident are still fresh in your mind. If you’ve suffered an injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help assess your claim and guide you through the legal process.
Car accident injuries are an all-too-common issue in Canada, but the car accident lawyers at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help. If you’ve been involved in an accident, call us today to take your first steps on the road to recovery.
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