Public transit providers are responsible for many forms of public services, such as public subway and bus service, taxicabs, passenger bus lines, air travel services, and even entertainment-focused services such as cruise ships, theme parks, winter resorts. As operators of a service used by the public, the entities responsible for these services are required to uphold safe operating standards and the upkeep of equipment, such as vehicles, buses and shuttles, watercraft, ski lifts, and motorized attractions. While most use these services regularly with no issues or injury, incidents do occur and, on occasion, injuries may be sustained.
In the aftermath of a transit-related accident, a claim for remuneration will be required to recover assets lost as a result of the injury. Additional damages may be awarded in cases where the accident is permanently disfiguring or disabling. As with other kinds of injury claims involving liability, it is up to the claimant to demonstrate some appreciable level of negligence seen as contributory to the injury. This may mean demonstrating that vehicles were not thoroughly repaired or maintained, that certification was not adequate for transit operators to safely operate the vehicle or equipment, or that as a result of gross neglect of a problem, the defendant allowed the incident to take place. A discovery process developed by your counsel will be required to accomplish this.
Mass transit injuries, can vary greatly in seriousness and scope. Particular to the type of the injuries sustained by victims, any deaths suffered as a result of the incident, and the number affected by the accident, settlements can be complex and may require substantial investment of time and resources on the part of the attorney or attorneys. Whatever of the scope and severity of your personal injury, counsel can assist you during the settlement process. In the event of a class action, having qualified counsel to help you understand the choices available to you, and vigorously represent your interests, can have a profound impact on the total compensation you receive.