Is Public Transportation Safe?
Chances are you have utilized some form of public transportation in the past even if you don’t use it daily. Not everyone can buy a car or drive, but everyone needs a way to get from point A to point B. All modes of public transportation are generally quite safe as the town or city which operates said transportation is responsible for the upkeep of the property as well as the training of each driver. In 2014, there were only 4,693 total transit accidents across the country, a steep decline from 1990’s 58,002. Bus accidents occur more frequently with 69,000 accidents involving buses happening in 2014. While this number may in fact seem high, it is estimated that taking the bus is 60 times safer than riding in a commuter vehicle. It may be 60 times safer, but that does not mean that accidents do not happen.
I was injured while using Public Transportation – Mass transit. Do I need a lawyer?
Taxis, buses, ferries, subways, trains, and even airplanes can sometimes fall into the category of public transportation depending on who either owns or operates the vehicle. Public transportation accidents can be small, involving only one or two parties, or catastrophic, injuring perhaps hundreds or more during the event. Whatever happens, you deserve to be compensated as a victim of the incident. Don’t let the city’s legal teams coerce you into a smaller settlement than is rightfully due to you.
What are the most common types of Mass Transit Accidents?
Lemberg Law represents clients involving public transportation accidents such as:
- Pedestrian knockdowns
- Slip and fall accidents while using mass transit
- Being hit or knocked down by arriving / departing subway train
- Struck by a city bus
- Commuter train derailment
- Doors shutting on train or bus passengers
What types of compensation could I claim if injured in a public transportation accident?
The term accident is not restricted to a definition of collision or impact, but can include illness or excessive fatigue caused by the conditions of a public transportation, slip-and-fall incidents, or injuries caused by general neglect. In some cases, the accident may include several of these situations. Not all injuries are physical. You may be affected by an accident even if your body did not sustain any wounds. If you are involved in a public transportation accident, the responsible party or parties may owe you monetary compensation for
- Loss of income or wages
- Medical bills
- Home healthcare
- Physical pain
Causes of Public Transportation Accidents.
Public transportation accidents, mainly because of the varying levels of ownership and thus liability, are complex cases. They often require expertise on the matter as well as an understanding of the individual system of laws they are governed by. Lemberg Law is here to help. Applying our knowledge of this type of incident, we can ensure your hardships are not played down by the responsible party’s lawyers. You should receive what you deserve and nothing less.
As with automobile accidents, other modes of transportation are often affected by same causes of incident—faulty machinery, weather, distraction, inexperience, and poor road maintenance to name a few. Because different modes involve different routes or type of travel, the number and magnitude of causes can vary.
Human error can apply to vehicles that remain on a fixed path as well. Operators of both trains and subways play a key role in the safety of their passengers and, like any driver of a car, if they become tired or lose focus, their inattention could mean trouble for everyone on board. Drivers and operators of public transportation vehicles are often protected by the respective city, company, or organization that hired or contracted them. This can account for the foreseeable complexity when dealing with cases pertaining to accidents where the likeliest explanation of error lies with the driver.
Mechanical errors are not overly common with public transportation because of the strict upkeep the city or governing body imposes, but such instances are always possible. The problem with factors of this type is that they can result from either improper maintenance or faulty parts. The subsequent issue then becomes a matter of tracing the source of the failure, a process that, if not handled properly and punctually, could negate or lessen options for the claimant. Additionally, if records are not maintained as directed, tracing the source could prove difficult if not impossible. If the brakes do not engage on a public bus, but there is an active recall in place for this part, the liability might rest on more than one party.
Being in an accident of any kind can prove frightful and disorienting. The very nature of an accident suggests that it is unintentional and likewise unexpected. If you find yourself in a position where you are unable to work, in pain, or your outlook on life has diminished because of a public transportation accident, you are not alone. We are here to help.
Can You Sue Public Transportation?
In many states, there is only a brief period—sometimes less than 60 days—in which a claimant can pursue legal action against the responsible party regarding public transportation accidents.
Call Lemberg Law at 475-277-2200 for your free case evaluation. There is no obligation, but because of the time restraint, we do urge you to call at your earliest convenience, or, if you would prefer, there is a form to the right which you can complete and a member of our offices will contact you shortly.