Millions of people use public transportation each day. For some, it’s their own means of transportation – to and from work or school. Each day, we hear about an accident in some faraway city. The lives lost, and any injuries, are typically due to an inexperienced or distracted driver. In comparison to your typical vehicular accident, public transportation accidents account for around 1.5% of all traffic-related fatalities in the U.S. That may seem low, but consider the fact that over 500 people are killed nationwide each year in such accidents.
Duty of Care
Public transportation carriers have a fundamental duty of care to their clientele. This duty of care includes taking reasonable precautions to keep all customers safe and uninjured. Typically, precautions involve keeping all exits safe, clear of any obstructions and well-lit; providing security; and ensuring operators are qualified and trained. Often, unqualified drivers are the primary cause of an accident.
When a carrier fails to provide this duty of care, they’re liable for any injuries or lives lost.
When a passenger suffers an injury, they or their relatives are entitled to compensation. No carrier can ensure that each passenger is 100% safe, though. However, it is required that public transportation takes all reasonable precautions to ensure injury or victimization does not happen. To recover damages, you need to prove negligence or failure to mitigate risk.
You’ll want to contact an attorney promptly. Doing so will increase your chances of receiving damages for injuries or property damage. Of course, you’ll require proof. Eyewitness testimonies, police reports, and medical reports will help your case immensely.
If you’ve been involved in a public transportation accident, contact Joe Knows Law by calling (972) 562-9700. We’re here for you in your time of need. In fact, call us anytime so we may discuss your case in further detail!