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Public Transit Platform Safety Tips

Passenger safety is a major concern in Peel region. A recent accident at a downtown Brampton bus terminal resulted in a fatality. Just a month before in June 2019, another individual suffered a fatality in Mississauga at a bus station.

As a passenger, you put your trust in the driver of a public vehicle, as well as the organization operating the service to make sure that your health, safety and well-being is being guarded during transit. However, accidents may happen, and it’s important to understand your rights if you have been injured by a public transit vehicle.

Because public transit vehicles are not private vehicles, its best advised that you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer if you have suffered injuries in an accident. A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you identify your legal rights, and what avenues you have to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and related medical and on-going care expenses.

One institution – the Go Transit system – has a webpage that offers advice on how to reduce the risks of suffering an accident while at a bus or train station. While the tips may not always prevent an accident, they are there for you to consider so you are aware of the station’s best practices for safety.

The first and foremost tip is one that many different public transit organizations tend to promote – stand “well behind” the yellow line when waiting for a train to arrive. Platforms can become crowded during rush hour, which means that there is a higher risk for shoving or pushing or other movements that are common in large packed crowds.

It’s important to leave yourself some buffer room between you and the on-coming train. You may want to consider other spots on the platform or station where you can stand and watch for the train.

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