The Ottawa Sun is reporting a very serious OC Transpo accident in the area of Meadowlands between Indian Road and Viewmount in Nepean, Ontario. The accident was on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 around 11 pm. Three occupants of a car that collided with an OC Transpo bus were injured, one critically.
The critically injured passenger was said to be unconscious at the scene of the OC Transpo accident. The injuries were reported to include serious head injuries. The extent of the other passenger’s injuries is not clear, although they may also be serious and include fractures and a possible spinal cord injury. One of the passengers is said to have been partially ejected from the motor vehicle.
The Sun article was not clear about the cause of the OC Transpo accident. However, the CBC quotes sources suggesting that distracted driving may have been an issue.
What happens in an OC Transpo Accident?
An OC Transpo accident involving an actual collision with another vehicle is treated the same as a regular car accident. Anyone injured in the motor vehicle accident will be entitled to Statutory Accident Benefits (no fault benefits). This will include funding for medical and rehabilitation expenses, as well as a small income replacement benefit (max. $400 per week).
For passengers of either the bus or the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident, there may also be a claim for pain and suffering and other compensation. A driver of a motor vehicle who is not at fault in the accident may also have a claim.
The best course of action after a serious accident involving a collision between a bus and a car is to contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation and explanation of your rights and the process. The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at happy to help you. Call us at 613 860-4529. We will come to your home or hospital to answer your questions.