If you have been involved in a public transport accident, you know that it can be a traumatic and difficult experience. You may have suffered serious injuries, experienced property damage, and dealt with considerable stress and trauma.
At The Cochran Firm, we understand that seeking justice after a public transport accident is not easy. We want to help those who have been affected by these types of accidents by providing them with the legal guidance they need to fight for the compensation they deserve.
Our team of experienced attorneys are knowledgeable about the laws and regulations concerning public transportation incidents. We can help you understand all of your legal rights and options and help ensure that you get the justice you deserve after such an incident.
We will go over all potential legal remedies available to victims of public transport accidents, from filing claims against negligent parties to seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Join us as we discuss how to seek justice after a public transport accident today.
Common Causes of Public Transportation Accidents
Public transportation has become an integral part of everyday life for many people. Unfortunately, accidents involving buses, trains and other forms of public transportation occur all too often. Understanding the common causes of these accidents is essential in determining whether there are grounds for a legal claim, thereby helping you find the justice and compensation you deserve.
The most common causes of public transportation accidents include:
- Driver negligence or recklessness
- Negligent maintenance or repairs
- Poorly designed or constructed stations or roads
- Defective vehicles or parts
- Unsafe loading procedures
- Inadequate security personnel or equipment.
Regardless of the cause, if you have been injured in a public transportation accident, it is important that you seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney who can evaluate your situation and advise you on how best to proceed. Your attorney can help you to determine whether any person, organization or agency is liable for your injuries and make sure that you get the justice and financial recompense that you deserve.
Legal Issues Surrounding Accidents on Public Transportation
If you’ve been involved in an accident while on public transportation, you may be wondering what rights you have. Depending on your particular situation, there may be a case for you to pursue.
Most public transportation accidents involve unique legal issues that should be evaluated carefully. Generally, the operator of the vehicle and the owner of the vehicle are two separate legal entities and can each face separate liability for an accident. Additionally, the operator’s employer or municipality may also be legally liable for damages resulting from an accident. In some cases, there may even be an option to pursue action against careless or reckless drivers of other vehicles involved in the collision.
In any event, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who is well-versed in public transportation law in order to determine what rights you have and how best to proceed with your case. An attorney can help evaluate evidence and will have the resources necessary to gather relevant documents in order to build a strong case in pursuit of justice after a public transport accident.
Who Is Liable?
It can be difficult to determine who is liable when a public transportation accident occurs. It may involve several layers of responsibility, including the operator of the vehicle, the manufacturer of the vehicle, and/or the government entity that may have operated or funded the transportation system.
The Cochran Firm has years of experience handling public transit accident cases, working to ensure that justice is served and that you receive a just settlement for your injuries. We are well-versed in determining who is liable in these types of situations and will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve.
When dealing with a public transit accident, we can help you determine who may be responsible for your losses:
- The driver: If they acted negligently while operating the vehicle
- The employer: If the bus or train company was negligent in hiring or training their employees
- The manufacturer: If there was a defect in the design or manufacture of the vehicle
- The government: If there was an issue with road conditions or infrastructure.
These are just some of the potential issues that we check for when investigating a public transport accident. We know how to evaluate all aspects related to these cases, from identifying all liable parties to making sure any settlement offered from insurance companies covers all damages incurred by you as a result of your injury.
State and Federal Laws Governing Public Transportation Accidents
If you’ve been involved in a public transportation accident, it’s important to understand the state and federal laws that may affect your case. These laws provide a minimum of protection for people injured in public transportation incidents and ensure that legal action can be taken if necessary.
The federal government regulates the safety of most forms of public transportation, including interstate buses, subways, and commuter trains. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for enforcing safety regulations on commercial motor vehicles like buses. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sets safety standards for railroads, as well as light rail and other forms of passenger rail service. Air travel is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
In addition to these federal regulations, state laws can also play a role in determining the outcome of a case involving a public transportation accident. For example, states may have specific statutes governing liability in bus or train accidents. Additionally, many states have laws that limit how much individual victims can collect from an at-fault party in personal injury cases; these are known as “damages caps.” It’s important to be aware of these laws when seeking justice after a public transportation accident.
Filing a Claim After a Public Transportation Accident
If you were injured while using public transportation and the incident wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to file a claim. The Cochran Firm has experience dealing with claims related to public transportation accidents and can help guide you through the process.
When it comes to filing a claim after a public transportation accident, there are several steps you’ll need to take:
- Gather evidence at the scene of the accident such as photos, witness statements, and copies of any documents that may be relevant.
- Obtain medical records for all treatment related to your injuries sustained during the accident.
- Contact an experienced attorney who can help advise you on filing a claim and present your case in court if necessary.
- Your lawyer will negotiate with any insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your damages and losses.
- After settling any claims with an applicable insurance company, your attorney will proceed through any applicable legal proceedings in order to obtain justice for your injuries and other losses from the responsible party or parties involved in the incident.
The Cochran Firm has decades of experience helping clients obtain justice after a public transport accident and is here to help protect your rights and ensure that you receive fair compensation for any harm or damages you have endured as a result of this unfortunate event.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about seeking justice after a public transport accident? At The Cochran Firm, we are here to help. Below are some common questions that our clients have about the legal process and what to expect when working with our firm.
What Should I Do if I’m Injured on Public Transportation?
If you have been injured on public transportation, it is important that you take the following steps:
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- File a police report and document any evidence of the accident, such as photographs or witness statements.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
How Much Money Is Available for My Injury Claim?
The amount of money available for your injury claim depends on various factors, such as the severity of your injuries and whether the other party was found negligent in their actions leading up to the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can review your case and help guide you through this process to determine how much money may be available for your claim.
What Type of Compensation Can I Receive After an Accident?
Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to seek economic damages for medical bills or lost wages, as well as non-economic damages for pain and suffering or mental anguish due to your injuries from the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can help determine what types of compensation may be available in your situation.
Why Use Us at The Cochran Firm?
If you’ve been in an accident involving public transportation, the experienced team of attorneys at The Cochran Firm can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Working with us will ensure that you have an advocate on your side who knows the ins and outs of public transportation accidents.
We provide effective, dedicated representation and are here to help you through every step of the process – from filing insurance claims to gathering evidence to negotiating a settlement or representing you in court.
There are a range of services that we provide that make us well-suited to working with public transportation accident cases:
- We have experience dealing with big companies, insurance companies, and other entities that may be involved in such cases.
- We are familiar with the laws and regulations governing public transportation safety issues.
- We have access to expert witnesses and other experts who can testify on your behalf.
- We understand the nuances around liability when it comes to public transportation cases, as well as how to build a strong case for you.
- Our attorneys are knowledgeable in complex areas such as product liability, medical malpractice, and more.
Whatever your situation may be, The Cochran Firm can help you hold those responsible accountable for their actions and get the justice – along with any possible compensation – that you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation about your potential case.
Reach Out Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a public transportation accident, it is important to understand the various types of legal options that may be available to you. It is essential to reach out to experienced attorneys with expertise in this area of law, who can help you fight for justice and the compensation you deserve. The Cochran Firm has experience dealing with these types of cases and can provide you with the support you need to achieve a satisfactory outcome.
Don’t wait to get the legal representation you deserve—reach out to a Cochran Firm attorney today by calling us at 800-969-4400.