Anyone who uses a public transit system has an expectation that the driver or operator of the public transit option will be properly trained. You expect to stay safe as you go from one location to another. What you don’t expect is that you will be involved in an accident that might lead to serious injuries.
If you are injured while you are on trolleys, cable cars, BART trains, Caltrans trains, airport shuttles, taxis, ferries or buses, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. This is because common carries are held to a higher standard than people who operate personal vehicles. These drivers and operators are expected to keep their passengers and those around them safe. Proper equipment upkeep, proper training and vigilance while operating the mass transit option are all necessary.
It might surprise our readers to know that the duties of common carriers doesn’t end with only safe driving. Common carriers have to ensure that the vehicles used are free of debris, not overcrowded, don’t stop or start suddenly, have extra help for disabled or elderly passengers and aren’t driven erratically. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a common carrier, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
It is vital that you act quickly if you are hurt because of short time limits to file claims in California. In some cases, you might have less than six months to seek compensation. You don’t have to live with paying for broken bones, head injuries and other injuries caused by a common carrier who didn’t maintain the high safety standard required of them.