Common Public Transportation Accidents
Accidents involving public transportation are not uncommon, and many people get hurt while traveling by taxi, bus, plane, or train. In many states, common carriers owe their passengers a higher degree of care than the average person does, but in order to recover damages, the injured person must still prove that the public transportation company was negligent.
The most common causes of public transportation accidents are collisions with other vehicles or objects resulting from the driver’s acts of negligence, which might include:
- Ignoring traffic signals.
- Drowsy driving.
- Faulty vehicle maintenance.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
To prove fault and receive maximum compensation for their damages, an injured commuter will be required to properly document their injuries. The more information you can gather about your accident, the stronger your case is likely to be.
If you bring a lawsuit seeking monetary compensation, you will need to prove negligence, as fault in most personal injury cases is based upon negligence. Public transit companies owe their passengers a higher degree of care than most other companies, including private companies. These duties of care include:
- Keeping entryways and exits safe for passengers.
- Providing security when necessary.
- Hiring qualified personnel to operate the vehicles.
- Maintaining the vehicles.
- Monitoring and correcting vehicle design flaws.
If you were seriously injured in an accident that occurred while using public transportation, contact the Charlotte, North Carolina, personal injury attorneys at Nagle & Associates, P.A. online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free initial consultation today.