Public transportation agencies have a legal duty to keep their passengers safe, as well as the public. When accidents do happen, involving a large bus or train, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic or even fatal. These types of cases, however, can be complicated and challenging to investigate then pursue. It is critical to promptly contact an experienced Phoenix bus accident lawyer to discuss your case. Our attorneys at Torgenson Law have more than 20 years of experience advocating for injured clients, and the skill to recover the compensation you are entitled to. Call (602) 759-0012 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation today.
With more than a million people sharing the road and railways daily in Phoenix, transportation accidents are a serious risk. Here are some of the most common types that occur:
Derailments or collisions with other vehicles or objects can have disastrous effects.
These can involve transit buses, school buses, charter buses, airport buses, and trolleys.
Similar to any other car crash, a taxi, limo, or shuttle accident can cause serious injuries.
Not all public transportation accidents are horrific. In some cases, for example, passengers may suffer an injury due to an abrupt stop, a failure of the doors to close properly, broken steps, loose railings, a slip and fall, etc. Injuries that are commonly caused, include whiplash, sprained ligaments, broken bones, back injuries, and lacerations.
Methods of public transportation are regulated under both federal and state common carrier laws. In addition, common carriers are expected to exercise a high degree of caution when it comes to the safety of passengers. Therefore, passengers may file a claim of carrier negligence if they are injured. For a negligence claim to succeed against any defendant, the victim must show that his or her injury was caused by the defendant’s breach of a duty of care which is owed to that claimant. Since common carriers owe a very high standard of care to their passengers, injury claims often succeed. That elevated standard, however, does not impose absolute liability on the carrier. There must also be an act, or a failure to act on the part of the carrier which caused the injury.
Public transportation accidents often involve multiple parties that could potentially be liable, including the driver or operator, the transit authority, third-party maintenance providers, and others. A Phoenix bus accident attorney that regularly handles these types of cases will know how to determine who can be held responsible for your damages. When it comes to navigating the legal system, a personal injury lawyer can advise you on how long you have to file a claim, and whether it must go through an insurance company, or be filed with other parties such as local government or a school district.
Additionally, some claims can be more difficult to prove, when needing to establish negligence to obtain damages. Take, for example, an abrupt stop injury. The victim will need to demonstrate that it was not a typical stop, but unexpected and not necessary. When that is the case, the resources that an attorney has to investigate and collect the essential evidence will be vital. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll support yourself or your family after a mass-transit accident. Hiring a bus accident attorney will guarantee you receive the settlement you deserve.