Buses, taxis, planes, subways, trains and escalators all have one thing in common: people rely on them to get from point A to point B; whether it be work, school, shopping, events and more. Over 30 million people use common carriers (individuals or businesses licensed to transport passengers for a fee) as transportation each day in the U.S., according to the American Public Transport Association.
State and federal laws are very strict on holding carriers responsible for the care, safety and wellbeing of their passengers. Responsibilities of common carriers include:
- Correcting and keeping an eye on design defects
- Monitoring and maintaining engines, motors and other machinery
- Creating safe entryways and exits for passengers (no obstructions, good lighting)
- Employing qualified people to operate the vehicle
- Providing a safe and secure environment for passengers
Common causes of mass transit injuries and public transportation accidents are:
- Driver negligence: this can include failing to follow traffic signals, speeding, failing asleep on the job, faulty vehicle maintenance and conditions, intoxication, etc; resulting in collisions with other vehicles or solid objects
- Criminal action: carriers are responsible for hiring security, installing surveillance and conducting background checks to protect passengers against criminal acts
- Slipping and falling: rain, snow or drink spills can make entryways and exits slick safety hazards. Carriers need to adapt passenger services and safety to fit weather conditions
When should you file a personal injury claim for transportation injuries?
- Non-public transportation: in most states, the statue of limitations (specific amount of time you have to file a lawsuit) filing period can range from 1-5 years.
- Public transportation: there is a small window to file a public transportation injury claim; this can sometimes be as little as 30-60 days!
Transportation injury claims are not complicated, and do not require an attorney’s expertise if you have sustained a soft tissue injury (such as whiplash, sprains, cuts, scrapes, etc.). On the other hand, if you received a hard injury (such as a concussion, burns, scars, stabs, broken bones, etc.) you’ll need to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parvey & Cavenago to fight for the highest settlement you can receive for your injuries and damages.