Scope of Compensation For Bus Riders In Ontario

One section of Ontario’s Insurance Act sent a clear message to the bus riders in that Province. Some riders referred to that message as the no crash, no cash rule. According to that rule, a bus rider could not collect any damages for injuries suffered during a ride, unless the rider’s bus collided with an automobile or other object.

The creation of that rule has deprived certain injured men and women of valuable financial assistance.

In Ontario, someone that gets injured while riding a form or public transportation, one that travels on the roadways, lacks the ability to gain compensation for medical expenses. Thus, the injured person has no ability to seek any amount of money as income replacement. Furthermore, those injured have not reason to hope for reimbursement for the costs of rehabilitation services. Unless, injured riders that want to pursue such benefits must file a lawsuit.

Who would be the target of that rider’s lawsuit?

• The company or the city that operated the bus lines might be sued.
• Alternately, the bus’s driver might be sued.

What would be the legal grounds for suing the bus lines?

Personal injury lawyer in Trenton knows that any company that operates a means of public transportation in Ontario must provide the passengers with coverage, in the form of protection from unidentified or uninsured drivers. That protection would cover any incident in which information on a hit automobile remained a mystery to those riding the involved transportation vehicle. A bus’s possession of unidentified driver or uninsured driver coverage should ensure any injured rider of reimbursement for injuries, up to a value of $200,000.

What would be the legal grounds for suing the bus’s driver?

All drivers are expected to obey the laws of the road. That means more than just stopping at red lights and stop signs. It also indicates the driver’s expected actions at any spot where one lane of traffic must yield to vehicles in another lane. All drivers are supposed to give up the right of way, if that would work to prevent the occurrence of an accident.

In addition, all drivers are supposed to drive in a way that recognizes the nature of the on-road conditions. When roads are icy, that provision underlines the need to slow down. When roads are crowded, that same provision underscores the need to keep a safe distance from the other vehicles on the road.

Finally, a driver’s readiness to maneuver in traffic should not reduce the distance between the driven vehicle (bus) and any cars, trucks, vans or SUVs. The maintenance of a safe distance works to reduce the chances for an unwanted accident. A driver’s failure to respect that fact can serve as grounds for a rider’s lawsuit.