Public transportation can be affordable, convenient, and for many people, a necessity. Sadly, just like any other vehicle, these modes of mass transit can be susceptable to accidents causing injury, sometimes catastrophic, to their riders. Public Transportation Accidents can be tricky as far as liability is concerned…
Legal Considerations of Mass Transit Accidents
Mass transit accidents are legally different from other vehicle accidents for a number of reasons. In most cases, the liable party is a governmental entity. Whenever the defendant is the government, it is important that your attorney understand the nuances of governmental liability, including the strict deadlines and exemptions that apply. Our law firm has prevailed in a wide range of governmental liability cases, including those involving public transportation. Mass transit accidents involve common carriers, who have a higher duty of care to their passengers than the owner of a private vehicle.
Common Carrier Liability
Carriers, such as tour buses and passenger jets, offer their services to the public under the authority of a regulatory body, which sets standards for safety and other passenger concerns. Commercial airlines, for example, must adhere to the regulations set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Regulations or not, carriers are required to exercise the highest degree of care and diligence in the safety of their passengers and/or cargo.
A carrier can be sued for injuries for either failing to adhere to a particular regulation (if it was the cause of the injury) or failing to exercise the care and diligence that would be expected of a reasonably careful operator.
Statute of Limitations
If you or a family member was injured in a mass transit accident, you only have a limited time to pursue a claim. These statutes vary from state to state and depending on the facts of your claim, you may have even less time to pursue a remedy.
Contact An Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a Public Transportation Accident, don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to an experienced attorney.