Public Transportation Accidents
As a passenger on public transportation, you have the right to expect you are in safe hands and not to have your life or health placed at risk. Unfortunately, there are times when this trust is violated and the negligence of others causes you great harm. Public transportation accidents can cause permanent and life-altering injuries, contributed to by to the great speed involved, lack of restraints and large amounts of glass and other dangerous material present. Depending on whether you have been the victim of a train, light rail, bus or similar accident, there may be several causes involved, such as:
- Driver error
- Control mistakes
- Maintenance errors
- Inadequate upkeep of stations, platforms and/or tracks
- Failure to identify and remedy hazards
- Company policies regarding schedules
- Driver training
- Irresponsible hiring
- Hazardous road conditions
Types of Public Transportation
There are many types of public transit agencies that operate a wide range of vehicles in the Tampa Bay area. Trains and buses are the most common and visible vehicles, but school buses, vans and ordinary cars are also used by the county as well. Common carriers owe a higher legal duty of care to their passengers than the ordinary duty of "reasonable care" because they are entrusted with the safety of multiple people at a time and are depended upon for basic transportation needs.
Florida law takes this so seriously that it is a misdemeanor offense to be negligent or careless in the management of a common carrier. In a civil claim for damages because of the negligence of a bus driver or bus company, it may be easier to prove a breach of a duty of care than it is in the typical car accident claim. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, a legal professional can help you to understand your rights and determine your best course of legal action, so call today!