Public Transportation Accidents
Public transport agencies, regardless of their public or private ownership status, are considered common carriers, meaning that they have an exceptionally high standard set for them concerning ethics of care. Common carriers are regulated to varying degrees by the government and have the right to charge members of the public for their services, which they provide en masse. There are therefore special rules which apply in cases of accidents involving public buses or high-speed rail, as the operators of these systems are expected to take more than just a “reasonable” amount of care. This is compounded by the fact that seat belts are not required on most public transit outlets.
When public transit accidents occur because of the fault of the carrier (e.g. speeding, driver fatigue, maintenance or tire failures, or poor operator training) the carrier is liable for damages under personal injury or wrongful death tort law and is required in the Carolinas to cover costs associated with the accident. Situations involving harm to minors, the elderly, or the disabled may have additional provisions set to protect their rights as a government-regulated entity is implicated. The North Carolina and South Carolina attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson are experienced in these types of cases.
Special timelines and rules will apply to filing a claim for the same reason, as taking on the government in such cases is a more formalized/codified and compressed process. Missing a deadline or failing to submit the proper forms may jeopardize legal protections or benefits packages which could result from a public transportation injury suit.
After seeking medical attention and collecting as much evidence on the scene as possible (through pictures, etc.) as promptly as possible, the best step to take is to seek the advice of an experienced attorney who can provide you with the counsel and support you need to approach the public transport system. The laws and regulations surrounding your case against this government entity may be somewhat better designed to protect you than the wholly privatized insurance coverage provided to most standard auto drivers, but the system is strained and may not be interested in providing the needed help to the victims of accidents in mass transit.
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a crash involving public transit you will likely need assistance from someone with experience in these types of cases if you’re going to get through all the red tape which could be a barrier to your claim. You were not at fault for the injuries, lost wages, and other misfortunes that have followed your accident while utilizing a public service which you paid for, and you may be entitled to significant compensation. The attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP are experienced in protecting the rights of victims in these type of accidents. Our personal injury attorneys only represent those who have been victimized by the negligence of others. We never represent insurance companies. Don’t risk going it alone against the massive bureaucratic structures behind the government and its insurance scheme, as any misstep may leave you holding the bag for an accident for which you aren’t responsible. Let us help protect your rights and get you the compensation you may deserve in these cases.FREE CASE EVALUATION
Were you injured in a crash while utilizing public transit in North Carolina or South Carolina? Contact Grimes Teich Anderson today at 800.533.6845 and ask for your free consultation with a personal injury attorney, or fill out the online case evaluation form on our website.
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