Many people choose public transportation as a way to save money or be more environmentally conscious. Busses are typically a safe mode of transportation. However, accidents on public transportation do occur from time to time. Injuries sustained due to bus accidents can be severe because of the lack of safety restraints or because of the size of the vehicle. It is important to speak with an experienced Phoenix bus accident lawyer to ensure you can receive compensation for damages.
A common carrier is a service that transports passengers over defined route according to a schedule in exchange for currency. This includes busses, airlines, ferries, cruise ships, taxis, trains and more. The federal government regulates common carriers that transport passengers across state lines, while state government regulates travel within the state. Public transit in Arizona includes Valley Metro, charter busses, taxis, limousines, school busses, airport shuttle services and more. Valley Metro’s light rail service is relatively new, and pedestrians and motorists are still getting used to sharing the road.
Common carriers have to duty to provide vehicles that are reasonably safe for their intended purpose and provide drivers with reasonable skill and good habits. These drivers are to exercise all standard precautions in order to ensure the safety of their passengers and use care and vigilance at all times. They are also required to comply with all safety laws and warn passengers of any potential dangers that they are aware of. Failure to comply with these rules can leave a common carrier liable for damages following an accident.
What Damages Can I Receive Following a Bus Accident Injury?
Injuries due to public transit accidents can lead to heavy financial burdens. You may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering and more.
If you are involved in an accident on public transportation, there are certain things you can do in order improve your chances for recovery. First, you should receive medical attention if you are injured. Retain your medical records, which can be used as proof of your injuries relating to the accident. If you’re able to following the accident, get the names and badge numbers of any drivers involved and the names and contact information of any witnesses.
Phoenix Public Transit Accident Attorney
Witson Law offers free personal injury consultations. We can answer questions about your public transit injury case and discuss your legal options. During your initial consultation, we will take whatever time is necessary to listen to you and the facts of your public transit accident at no charge to you. We can give invaluable legal advice regarding your options when dealing with the numerous parties that can be involved in public transit accident lawsuits. All of our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no out of pocket expenses and only need to pay us if we win your case. Schedule your free consultation with a Phoenix public transit accident attorney – (602) 358-8686 or fill out or online contact form.