If you’ve been injured as a passenger of public transportation, the transportation provider may be held liable for your injuries. Common carriers, such as state or city operated light rail systems, buses, or trains, are in business to transport people or goods for the general public. Because of their significance, California law holds common carriers and their employees to a higher standard of care than other drivers or transportation services. If a driver is negligent, the whole carrier company is liable.
Common carriers are expected to take every reasonable step to protect an accepted passenger from harm. This includes leaving them in a safe place at their destination. Common carriers must also acknowledge defects that may result in injury to passengers. If a person is hurt as a result of a San Diego County carrier failing to uphold their legal duties, the victim is entitled to recover money for damages by filing a claim with a public transit attorney.
Vehicle operators must also be cautious when delivering cargo through San Diego streets. If they fail to be careful and a driver, pedestrian, or passenger is killed or seriously injured, the operator is at fault.
What Are the Common Carrier Types?
- Light rail transit
- Privately-owned transportation-for-hire companies
- Ski lifts
- Escalators, elevators, and moving walkways
- Taxis and Rideshare companies
- Tour buses, private charter buses, and city buses
What Are the Legal Duties of a Common Carrier?
Common carrier companies have the duty to provide safely maintained vehicles; protect passengers from harm, including injuries caused by other passengers; pick up and let off passengers at a safe location, and transport passengers to their intended destination. They also need to make sure equipment is safe to be used as well as hire and properly train employees.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Transportation Accident or Injury?
- Improperly maintained equipment or infrastructure
- Driver fatigue
- Poor discipline of reckless drivers
- Inadequate driver training
Most accidents on common carrier lines are caused by poor equipment maintenance, operator negligence, or driver negligence. Some carriers fail to properly supervise and train their employees or fail to suspend or fire workers who don’t properly perform their job. Carriers are liable for the actions of their workers. Likewise, they are liable when their equipment is not up to current safety standards.
How Can Public Transportation Accident Attorneys Help?
The Disability Help Center in San Diego is one of the foremost law offices in representing California residents who are victims of a public transportation accident. We fight determinedly to get you the compensation you deserve to cover damages, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages or earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
California has specific statutes of limitations based on the facts of your case. If you miss the required time period, you’ll lose the ability to seek compensation. For example, you must bring a case against a government entity within 6 months of the accident. To make sure you don’t miss the deadlines for filing a claim, contact the legal team at the Disability Help Center in San Diego today. We can be reached at 1-888-418-8860. You can also fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.