Bus, Train and Other Public Transportation Accidents
Public transportation is often considered a safe alternative to driving or riding in a car. However, buses and trains are still susceptible to accidents. When accidents do happen, they often involve multiple victims and very serious or fatal injuries. Although there have been many accidents involving Atlanta’s Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) buses and trains, few passengers expect they will be involved in one. Unfortunately, the chances of someone being in such an accident may be greater than most people think. National bus crash statistics for 2010 show almost 13,000 buses were involved in accidents that year, and those accidents resulted in over 225 deaths. For our Atlanta bus accident attorneys, this is far too many.
WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF MASS TRANSIT ACCIDENTS?
Even though buses and trains are equipped with safety features, accidents still happen. These are sometimes due to operator error or negligence, but there may be other reasons as well. The following is a list of some situations that can result in bus or train accident:
- Distracted or fatigued operator
- Failure to remove dangerous passenger(s)
- Mechanical defect or poor maintenance
- Inadequate driver training
- Improper scheduling or switching of tracks
- Continuing to operate in unsafe weather conditions
- No seatbelts or lack of other safety equipment
- Inadequate lighting or luggage storage
WHO IS LIABLE FOR INJURIES RESULTING FROM A BUS OR TRAIN ACCIDENT?
Responsibility for an accident depends on the specifics of the circumstances that caused it. The at-fault party in a bus or train accident may include the bus or train operator, transit company – such as MARTA or Greyhound, school district, equipment manufacturers, other passengers, or even a second driver if another vehicle caused the accident. And sometimes there are multiple causes that contribute to a serious accident with injuries. Every person above has the responsibility and legal duty to ensure safe and secure conditions for their passengers or the operation of their vehicles. If they fail to exercise reasonable care and an accident ensues, Georgia law holds them responsible for the resulting injuries or damages.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Bus or train accident cases are complicated and require a great deal of skill and knowledge to sort out the multiple liability claims. An investigation of the accident scene needs to be performed quickly so important evidence can be obtained and secured. And often times, there are a number of insurance policies that will cover lost wages, medical bills, and other damages resulting from a mass transit accident.
The attorneys at Randy Scott Slater, P.C. bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to serious injury cases. We understand the devastating affects an accident can have on your ability to work and take care of those that depend on you. Contact our office today at (404) 888-0500 if you have been involved in a bus or train accident in Atlanta, Marietta, Alpharetta, or any other city in Georgia.