In recent years, there has been a big push for citizens to use public transportation more frequently. According to the state of Florida’s public transit department, every part of Florida’s society benefits when public transportation is used. Public transportation gets the economy moving by providing more job opportunities, it helps the environment by limiting air pollution, and the list goes on.
But while there is a big push for public transportation use and while more individuals begin using public transportation, the amount of accidents that occur may soon skyrocket. That is why it is necessary to know public transportation entities’ responsibilities, certain causes and injuries that may follow.
City buses and trains are classified as “common carriers” under Florida law. In order to operate as a common carrier, these entities must adhere to strict rules and guidelines, as a common carrier is an entity that carries people or goods as a public service. Because these types of entities serve the public at large, they owe their patrons heightened duty of care.
If a common carrier fails to meet that duty of care, they will be held liable for injuries that arise as a result of that failure. Bus drivers and/or train operators are responsible for ensuring their passengers remain safe. If a driver/operator is driving recklessly and that recklessness contributes to an accident and injury, those injured have the right to hold not only the driver liable but also the entity that employed the driver.
Public transportation accidents can result from many different scenarios. For instance, reckless driving as mentioned above can cause these types of accidents, and poor maintenance such as failure to check the vehicles’ brakes, tires, or other equipment can result in an accident as well. Lastly, things like product malfunction can also lead to a wreck. Be cognizant of erratic driving, as it has been reported that a significant number of accidents that occur on public transportation occur because of the driver.
If you experience poor driving or decision making, never shy away from reporting to the entity’s owners know about it to protect yourself and other patrons from harm. Whatever the cause of the accident, injuries are sure to follow. Although many of the public transportation accidents happen infrequently, they may still cause extreme pain and mental anguish.
Emergencies around the country often involve catastrophic injuries following a public transportation accident. Still, the injuries that follow any accident range in severity levels. For instance, injured patrons may experience the following: head trauma, broken bones, neck injuries, lacerations, and/or back pain.
Of course, every injury is specific to the present circumstances. But, every type of injury, whether seen or unseen, should be taken serious. Buses and trains are big vehicles and may veil the amount of force your body seems to endure. It never hurts to be on the safe side though.
If you are involved in an accident while using public transportation, you should seek treatment to make sure there are no underlying injuries that you are unaware of. Additionally, make sure to call us as soon as possible for legal representation. We are here to help. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.