Have you been hurt on public transit? If so, you may have a claim against one or more parties for your damages. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages. However, the legal issues involved in a public transit accident can be complicated because you are dealing with one or more government or quasi-government entities.
Examples of public transportation include:
- City buses and charter buses
- Uber, Lyft, or other private taxis
- Hospital transport vehicles
- Trains and subways
- Limousine services
Using public transportation is a common daily occurrence for many people. Unfortunately, accidents happen involving public transportation. These accidents can cause traumatic injuries that change the lives of victims and their families forever. When you are hurt on public transportation, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries, losses, and damages.
Hiring an experienced public transit accident attorney is your first step in protecting your right to receive full compensation for your injuries. Call The Ken Nunn Law Office at 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 for a free appointment with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options to receive compensation for your injuries after being hurt on public transit.
Causes of Injuries on Public Transit
There are several ways you can be hurt on public transit. Examples of incidents on public transit that can cause an injury include:
- Slip and fall accidents getting onto or off the vehicle in addition to falling while in the vehicle
- Collisions with other vehicles
- Falling due to reckless driving, sudden stops, or sharp turns
- Acts of violent or accidents caused by other passengers
- Driver error, including speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving, or other negligent actions
- Failure to follow federal and state regulations governing public transportation
Some injuries on public transit have a clear cause; however, the reason for some accidents may be more difficult to determine. Several factors may have led to the cause of the incident that resulted in your injury.
Proving Fault When You Are Hurt on Public Transit
It is important for an experienced attorney to begin a thorough, independent investigation as soon as possible to identify and preserve evident that proves how the accident happened and who is responsible for the accident. You should not rely on police officers or other law enforcement officials to conduct the investigation. Their investigation is centered on criminal wrongdoing. Your accident claim is based on civil law; therefore, you want an attorney who has experience handling public transit accidents protecting your bests interests.
One or more parties may be liable for your injuries after a public transit accident. In addition to the driver, owner, and operator of the vehicle, a manufacturer or other party could be partially liable if a faulty or defective part were a factor in the cause of the accident. To complicate matters, common carriers, another term for public transportation, are governed by state and federal regulations. Failure to follow regulations or laws related to common carriers is another important factor that must be considered when investigating a public transit accident.
When you are hurt on public transit, it is apparent that something went wrong. The object of an accident investigation is to determine what went wrong, why it went wrong, and who is responsible because the key is establishing who is liable and where the sources of compensation lie to give you the best chance of a recovery.
Have You Been Hurt on Public Transit?
Call The Ken Nunn Law Office at 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 to schedule a free consultation with an Indiana public transit accident attorney. You may also reach our office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our Live Chat feature.