Public transit plays a huge role in getting Canadians where they need to go. Whether you use transit every day to commute to work or to school, or you only use transit every once in a while, it is important that you can get wherever you are headed safely.
When taking the TTC, GO Transit, or any other public transit, here are some key safety considerations:
- Avoid running to catch a bus, especially if it means crossing a road. This could lead to another vehicle hitting you, a fall, or other injury.
- Be aware of your surroundings when boarding or exiting a bus – especially on a busy street.
- Avoid getting on crowded vehicles where there is no place to sit and nothing available to hold on to. Buses and trains may be forced to stop suddenly, causing you to lose your fall balance and fall.
- Identify potential hazards in the environment. Hazards can range from a puddle on a subway floor to another person acting unpredictably. If you see a hazard, be sure to remove yourself from the situation and contact the appropriate authority. Many transit agencies have internal security personnel, such as the Toronto Transit Commissions’ Special Constables, as well as panic buttons. If there is an emergency, call 911.
- Plan your route and ride with confidence – avoid walking in dark areas or alleys. Looking at a transit map ahead of time can help avoid these pitfalls. Some transit companies also allow you to get off between stops at night. Be aware you may have to make such a request in advance.
- Make sure to look out for the safety of young children, people who have disabilities, and elderly people travelling with you.
If you are injured while riding the bus, the subway, or any other public transit vehicle, you maybe eligible for compensation as well as benefits to help with your recovery.
Remember to get medical attention promptly and document details about where and how you were injured. These details could include the location, the vehicle number or license plate number, information for any drivers or operators involved, and witness information.
Contact our office to learn more about your rights and how to protect them.
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Rayanna is devoted to advocating for clients so they can focus on rebuilding their lives. She has seen firsthand the profound impact an injury can have on a victim and their families and believes that navigating a complex legal system should be the least of their worries. Effective communication, compassion and commitment is the cornerstone of Rayanna’s practice.