Public Transportation Accidents
Passengers who are injured in a public transportation accident can find themselves caught in a very complicated ordeal. Even worse, they may have a tiny window of time to file an injury claim — as little as 30 to 60 days.

Have you been injured on any of the following modes of mass transportation?

  • Trains
  • Planes
  • Taxis
  • Buses
  • Water taxis
  • Escalators
  • Subways
  • Ferries
  • Other

Providers of these modes have a duty to safely transport the public. This means:

  • They must ensure entryways and exits are safe.
  • Personal security must be provided when necessary.
  • Vehicle operators must be qualified.
  • The vehicles must be properly and regularly maintained.

Below you’ll learn how to recognize injuries and what to do about them.

Injuries Resulting From Public Transportation

While the carriers cannot prevent severe weather or terrorist attacks, they are required to have procedures that ensure passenger safety. In the event of an accident, the carrier will probably be liable for compensating injured victims.

However, most states have highly specific laws governing injury claims arising from public transportation accidents. The wise victim will properly file a claim in accordance with local laws as quickly as possible.

Injuries on public transportation carriers include:

  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Herniated disks
  • Severed limbs
  • Brain damage
  • Death

If you believe you or a loved one has been injured, it is critical to seek medical attention. This serves two purposes. First, it is important for you to take care of your wellbeing. One of the most popular benefits of being represented by a qualified injury attorney is that you are free to worry about getting yourself back in good health, while the attorney pursues the compensation owed to you. Second, if you do sue, it is important to have proper medical documentation for all your injuries. If you delay in seeking medical help, you may suffer additional injuries, which complicates your life as well as your lawsuit.

Bottom line: seek medical attention right away.

What Can I Sue For?

Accidents can affect your life and body in ways that are not noticeable for days, months, or even years. Damages could include:

  • Medical bills
  • Wrongful death
  • Lost current and future earnings
  • Damages to property
  • Pain and suffering
  • And much more

It is so important for victims to seek legal counsel. Experienced injury attorneys are able to help you navigate the tedious legalities in order to achieve maximum compensation.

Considerations If You Plan to Sue

Suing after a public transportation accident requires meticulous legal maneuvering. Be aware of the claim deadlines for the accident you were involved in, specific to the state where the accident occurred. Prominent aspects of these lawsuits include:

  • The statutes of limitations which can strictly limit the amount of time you have to file a claim.
  • Requirements for notifying the party you intend to sue.
  • Assembling evidence to prove that the other party was negligent and that your injuries were sustained as a result of that negligence.

If you were injured, we strongly recommend you seek an experienced injury attorney. These attorneys will shoulder the financial burden of the lawsuit and will get paid only if you do. The lawyers at Gacovino Lake have experience with handling complicated injury lawsuits. You can call (888) LAW-8500 or click here for a free legal consultation.

Remember: It Literally Doesn’t Pay To Wait

Priority #1: Take care of yourself.

We cannot exaggerate the importance of seeking medical attention — if for no other reason than it strengthens your case. Please, take care of yourself first and foremost.

Priority #2: Seek legal counsel.

Once you have medical support, the next most important step is to seek out an experienced injury attorney.

Since our team has so much experience in working with victims of many types of accidents, we can help you make good decisions for getting your lawsuit handled in the best possible way. We know injuries can change everything. We know it very well. We help a lot of people get back on their feet.