Many people assume that public transportation is the safest way to travel. It provides a way of reducing the number of vehicles on the road and the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. The last thing you think of before boarding a bus or calling a cab is an accident.
How Common Are Public Transportation Accidents?
There are over 50,000 public transportation accidents each year in the United States, according to the United States Department of Transportation. These accidents do occur, and when they do, they can be quite severe and lead to significant injuries of passengers, pedestrians, and operators. And although public transportation accidents are less frequent overall as compared to car accidents, when they do occur, they are some of the worst accidents we see. Because buses and trains are so large and heavy, they can cause major harm to anyone and anything in their path when a crash occurs. Not only are passengers injured, but pedestrians passing nearby are often injured and in the worst accidents, killed.
An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer is Essential
Furthermore, when these types of accidents occur, it is often very difficult to determine the party that is at fault. To recover for your damages, you must prove the owner or operator was negligent. Because of this, it is imperative that if you have been involved in such an accident, you reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who has the resources to thoroughly investigate your claim. The Drake law firm in Birmingham has more than 25 years of experience representing clients involved in personal injury cases just like these and a nearly 99 percent success rate in the cases they take on. If you or someone you love has been injured in a public transportation accident call Drake Law for a free consultation.
What is a Common Carrier?
A common carrier is a business or individual that transports people goods, or services, and which offers these services to the public under authority or license awarded by a regulatory governmental association. All the common things you think of when public transportation comes to mind, like busses, trains, taxis, trolleys, tour boats, airplanes, and even airport shuttles fall under common carrier law. Under the law, all common carriers have a duty to exercise a high level of care for their passengers when they offer services to the public for fees. Compared to non-commercial vessels, common carrier vehicles must operate under the absolute highest level of care and safety for the public and its passengers. If the driver of a common carrier fails to perform the necessary duties to protect the safety of its passengers, and an accident results, this could be deemed negligence and the injured parties may be entitled to file a legal claim for compensation. Damages may be awarded for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages as a result of missed work, pain and suffering, and disability. It is important to be aware that cases involving public transportation accident have special conditions that may apply, which is why it is essential that a personal injury attorney is contacted as soon as possible following the incident.
How Do Accidents Happen on Public Transportation?
Accidents on public transportation vehicles may be the result of negligence on behalf of the driver or operator, lack of maintenance of equipment or mechanical parts, insufficient operator training, tire failure, and more. When any of these things lead to an accident and someone is injured or killed, the common carrier is responsible for damages or wrongful death. The attorneys at the Drake law firm are experienced in handling such cases from the initial investigation, to obtaining medical records, filing the necessary claims, and litigating in court.
Why Choose Drake Law?
The Drake law firm is a small practice, and our attorneys restrict their practice to one area of law: personal injury. Because we are so closely focused on this one area of law, we are very good at what we do. Because of our client-centered philosophy, we are able to provide personalized attention and dedication to each client’s individual needs.
Principal attorney G. Whit Drake is frequent speaker at legal seminars and has won several multi-million dollar verdicts. As a published author of legal articles and a dedicated professional, Whit Drake and his carefully chosen associates are highly regarded in the community and have the knowledge and specialized skill set to ensure that all the firm’s clients’ needs are addressed and their rights protected when an injury or wrongful death caused by some negligent party has damaged to their finances, emotional state, and quality of life.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an Alabama public transportation accident call Drake Law to schedule your consultation.