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What You Need To Know About Public Transportation Accidents


Whether you get hurt while riding public transportation or are in an auto or pedestrian accident with a public transportation vehicle, you may be entitled to damages. Accident and injury law pertaining to public transportation is different than the laws that apply in standard auto injury cases. So if you’ve experienced an injury, it’s important to understand your rights. Here is a brief overview of everything you need to know pertaining to public transportation accidents and injuries.

Understanding Common Carrier Law

Public transportation companies including buses, trains, subways, and trolleys, fall under common carrier laws. In the state of Florida limousines, taxis, and school buses are also considered common carriers. According to common carrier laws, these companies have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care of their passengers, warn them of potential dangers, and exercise caution when driving. According to Florida Legal Code 860.02 – Carelessness of common carrier:

“Carelessness of common carrier.—Whoever, having management or control of or over any railroad train, steamboat, or other public conveyance used for the common carriage of passengers is guilty of gross carelessness or neglect in or in relation to the conduct, management, and control of such conveyance.”

Meaning that in the case of an injury accident, transportation companies can be held liable if they have been negligent in their duties.

Proving Negligence In A Public Transportation Accident

Based on common carrier law, the most important part of a claim against a public transportation company is proving negligence on behalf of the operator or the company. Proving negligence can be difficult because you have to prove that these individuals were not exercising reasonable care for their passengers or other drivers and pedestrians. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help. They can help prove negligence through medical records, police records, witness testimony, and other evidence. So it is critical you hire an attorney in the case of a public transportation accident.

Filing A Claim Against A Public Transportation Carrier

Another way that a public transportation is different than a typical personal injury case, is the procedure for filing a claim. There are strict laws on the statute of limitations. In the state of Florida these cap at three years for common carriers. There is also very complex laws surrounding any claim against a municipal body. On top of all of that, there are complications dealing with the insurance companies. So filing a claim is not as straightforward as with another private driver. In order to ensure you file your claim correctly, you will need the guidance of an attorney. Otherwise, your claim can be dismissed before it is even considered.

With these complex laws, filing a public transportation claim is a challenge. The best thing you can do is contact the knowledgeable attorneys at , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh. Our attorneys have advocated for people just like you against Florida common carriers and know exactly how to file a claim, prove negligence, and navigate the legal processes to ensure you get a fair settlement. So the most important thing you need to know about public transportation accidents is that a qualified personal injury attorney will help. Call us today for a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys to see how we can help you.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

What You Need To Know About Public Transportation Accidents

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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