Commuters may use different forms of transportation to get from home to work and back. As they travel each day, they may not be aware of the dangers. Although mass transit can be more efficient due to less traffic and less money on gas, it still presents the same circumstances for accidents to occur. These individuals should be aware of what is going on around them during their commute. Mass transit accidents can include different types of vehicles. This may include buses and trains. These forms of transportation put the commuters’ lives in the hands of the driver or conductor. If these accidents do occur, passengers have the right to seek damages on behalf of the accident they experienced. They may have to seek these damages from a municipality instead of a private company. Mass transportation may be provided by the city, which will be to blame if someone holds them responsible.
You may be able to seek compensation for the injuries that you have sustained from the mass transit accident that has occurred. This payment may be able to recover damages for medical bills that have piled up as a result of your injuries. Compensation can also be able to cover lost wages and lost future wages. Damages can also be made to reconcile emotional distress that you have experienced due to the accident and the scarring experience. This can help to make up for the pain and suffering that you have endured due to the accident. You should seek compensation before the period of six months after the accident. If you wait too long, you may not be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages.
How do these accidents occur?
Mass transit vehicles must be monitored to ensure that they are up to safety standards. The platforms for these stations must also be monitored to prevent any hazards that may harm individuals. By monitoring these areas and ensuring safety checks are done, it can help prevent accidents from occuring. If employees fail to do their part, they may be found negligent and can have legal action sought against them. If you can prove that a hazard was unattended due to the negligence of an employee, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Operators can also be at fault for a mass transit accident based on human error. If an operator acts negligently, they may contribute to an accident. This can put many lives at risk. An operator’s negligence can include speeding, using a device, fatigue or substance abuse, among many other causes.
Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt because of the negligence of another party. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, contact our firm today.