When you hop on the bus, the subway, or any other type of public transit, you expect to stay safe during your trip. After all, these vehicles are meant to protect you and get you where you need to be. Unfortunately, many accidents happen every day, and those who take public transit are not exempt from them.
Now you’re injured and wondering whether you can sue for public transit accidents. Fortunately, the answer is yes, but it’s not always easy. You may be dealing with a serious accident, and it can be overwhelming to determine who or what is responsible for the crash. Continue reading to learn more about liability and damages in public transit wrecks.
First, you’ll need to find the person responsible for the accident, which is more complex when dealing with public transit. In a typical car crash, for example, it’s typically the fault of one or more drivers, and they’re the ones financially responsible for the accident.
Unfortunately, that’s not so simple when you were taking public transportation. Even if it’s clear that the bus driver caused the crash, for example, they may not be the ones financially responsible for the accident. In some cases, the liability rest on their employer, who is responsible for the actions of their employees.
This employer liability means you’re not looking at the driver alone. You’ll need to determine what group they work under and who their employer is. Fortunately, your lawyer can help you investigate and identify the correct defendant to name in your injury claim.
Once you’re certain about who injured you, we’ll turn our focus to how much compensation you’re owed for your injuries. These damages typically include both economic and non-economic damages, both of which will be important for your recovery.
Public transit accidents can have devastating consequences. The lack of safety belts, for example, can mean you’re suffering from bone fractures and head trauma. Treatment can get expensive quickly. Fortunately, you’ll have a chance to get covered for all expenses you’ve suffered because of your accident.
You know your physical health should be covered in your damages, but what about your mental and emotional health? A public transit accident can be a traumatic event, and you might still be suffering from nightmares and other emotional issues related to your accident.
Although these damages are intangible, they can still affect your life and make it difficult to move forward. You’ll need a lawyer to help you recover from your accident by calculating the exact worth of your non-economic damages. It can be tough to measure something such as pain and suffering, but a lawyer will have the resources to help you accurately estimate your claim’s total value.
It’s unfortunate, but accidents do happen. Although public transit tends to be reliable, there are multiple factors that could cause an incident. Can you sue for public transit accidents?
The answer is yes, you can bring a lawsuit with the help of a lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates. Our attorneys can help you secure the compensation you deserve, starting with a free consultation about your claim.
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