PERSONAL INJURY BLOG: TTC Accidents

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TTC accidents involving publicly owned transportation vehicles can pose major legal challenges. The process can take months or even years because most insurers won’t settle a claim without a fight.

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Fatal Crashes: 5 Driving Behaviours

Fatal Crashes: 5 driving behaviour factors

  1. Driver inattention
  2. Failing to obey signs and signals
  3. Driving too fast for conditions or driving above speed limit
  4. Failing to stay in your lane
  5. A manoeuvre by a car near a truck is very dangerous and is not the same as car on car.

TIPS:

Do not change lanes last minute, never cut in front of a truck.
Slow down and let the truck have the right of way.

The size of a large truck puts car occupants at risk of being killed in a crash.

“More than 320 people have died due to truck collisions in Ontario in the last five years, and the OPP say few of them were truck drivers. Between 2011 and 2015, there were 27,000 collisions involving transport trucks on roads patrolled by the OPP. 260 of those crashes resulted in fatalities, with a total of 321 people losing their lives. Only 40 of those deaths were the drivers of the large trucks; the remainder being drivers or passengers of the other vehicles involved.”

http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/over-300-transport-truck-related-deaths-prompt-opp-initiative-1.2947085

We have decades of experience and success trying complex automotive accident cases, including fatal crashes. Catastrophic automotive accidents can transform a person’s life in a matter of seconds. Our goal is to leverage our experience and expertise to secure the maximum possible settlement needed to fund your post-injury medical and lifestyle needs.

Our firm is committed to a single goal: helping clients achieve their full post-injury potential. We do it by litigating for as long as it takes to secure the maximum possible settlement needed to fund your ongoing medical and lifestyle needs.

That process can take months or even years because most insurers won’t settle a claim without a fight. In fact, they rate lawyers and know which firms will work to secure a reasonable settlement or take the case to trial—as well as those who will simply settle for a lesser amount. We have the financial capacity to go the distance on your behalf.

Smile…you are on TTC camera!

Did you know that the Toronto Transit Commission (“TTC”) buses, streetcars and subway trains have video recording on them?

You may have known this, but I bet what you didn’t know is that these videos are only available for download for a very short period of time as they are set to loop and record over old video in just a matter of hours.

Under Section 28 (2) of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and subsequent recommendations provided by the Privacy Commissioner, there are 3 occasions when these videos can be downloaded:

  • 1. In aid of law enforcement
  • 2. Criminal Activity; and
  • 3. Public Safety Necessity.

There is also a Video Recording Policy listed on the TTC’s website:

Under this policy there are limited circumstances in which the TTC will or can download the video, these include:

  • 1. If law enforcement requests the video;
  • 2. If there is a public safety reason for doing so, or;
  • 3. If a person recorded by the video requests it.

This could be important if you are injured and may have a claim as this video could show what happened. For example, what the circumstances were, how a driver was driving, and in the case of a slip and fall on TTC property, what the condition of the ground or floor was.

Once the video has been downloaded, it is then retained for a time period of one year.

It is also important to know that the bus, streetcar or subway driver cannot download the video. It must be a supervisor, who has keys and access to the video DVR.

Therefore, if you are in an accident on TTC property, i.e. within the TTC subway system or on a TTC vehicle (be it a bus, streetcar, or subway train) and you think there has been negligence on the part of the TTC, or on someone else for that matter, this video may aid you in your case. It is critical to request it immediately as it will not exist for long – only a matter of hours!