Public Transit Accidents
When you board a bus or train for the purpose of local travel, you expect the operator to safely transport you and the other passengers to your desired destinations. Individuals trust these forms of transportation to properly and securely function, because they owe such a high duty of care to the riders. If a public transit network fails to properly train their officials or maintain the system itself (buses, cars, tracks), then it runs the risk of being held liable for any injury-inducing accidents that may occur.
To learn more about laws regarding public transit safety, contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.
Why Do These Incidents Occur?
There are a number of reasons why public transit accidents occur. In general, they are a result of negligence on behalf of the transit company or its workers, often in the form of:
- Conductor/driver negligence
- Failure to properly train
- Overloading the vehicle
- Poor or improper maintenance of vehicles and their supporting equipment
- Mechanical defects
- Lack of warning systems or safety gates (trains)
- Driver intoxication
Of course, some public transit accidents may arise due to a dangerous action taken by another driver or pedestrian. However, it is the duty of the transportation companies to ensure that they take reasonable steps to protect and uphold the safety of their passengers.
If you have been injured in a public transit accident, then you may have the right to claim damages. Contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633 to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.