As a major city, Toronto is home to an extensive transit system that is used by countless residents each day. While services usually function without issue, accidents do occur, and unfortunately, the volume of TTC accidents is on the rise. Year after year, we are seeing the number of serious injuries or deaths resulting from TTC accidents increasing.
At Horowitz Injury Law, our experienced team has almost 35 years of experience in TTC accident and other public transit lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a TTC accident, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
TTC Accident Claims
Injuries or damages sustained from TTC accidents vary widely. Many people are injured in incidences with buses, streetcars or subway cars each year, and are not aware of the next steps to take. When an individual has been hit by a TTC vehicle or has incurred injury/damages due to negligence on the part of the TTC or its employees, there may be grounds to make a claim.
Like many other aspects of personal injury law, TTC accident claims can be very complex. The laws and insurance regulations surrounding public transit can be confusing and difficult to navigate, and many people are not aware of their legal rights regarding TTC accidents. That is why it is imperative to choose a personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in the areas of TTC accident and public transit claims.
For example, subway accidents are not covered by Ontario’s automobile regime and no-fault benefits are not available to the victim. In addition, the strict requirements of the Insurance Act threshold and monetary deductible do not apply to subway accidents or injuries sustained on TTC property.
Another peculiarity in TTC claims is that no victim of a TTC bus or streetcar accident is entitled to make a claim for no-fault benefits, unless the TTC vehicle was involved in a collision with another motor vehicle or object. For example, if the TTC bus stopped suddenly, without reason, or was driving at a high rate of speed and turned sharply, without striking another vehicle or object, the injured passengers would not have a right to claim no-fault benefits. As a trade-off, the injured passengers could sue the at-fault driver, which could be the TTC driver or the driver of another vehicle involved in the accident, but the Insurance Act threshold and monetary deductible would not apply.
In any TTC bus or streetcar accident, where there is a collision between a TTC vehicle and another vehicle or object, the injured passengers would be permitted to make a claim for no-fault benefits and could sue the at-fault parties. However, their claims, like any motor vehicle accident claim, would be subject to the verbal threshold and monetary deductibles.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured or sustained damages in a TTC accident, contact Horowitz Injury Law today. We will provide you the strong legal representation you need to seek the compensation you deserve.