North Carolina Mass Transit Accidents
Personal Injury Lawyers in North Carolina
The high capacity of buses, vans, light-rail trains, trolleys and other
forms of mass transit put a large number of people at risk in a crash.
Many of these vehicles don’t have passenger-restraint systems, so
you can be thrown or jarred during an accident. Injuries can be of various
types, but often include
spinal cord trauma and
Bus lines, taxi companies, and other transportation providers have complex
bureaucratic procedures they want victims to follow after an accident.
Lots of paperwork. Lots of questions. Before you sign anything or speak
with anyone about the accident, talk to our
North Carolina personal injury attorney. At Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau, we analyze the accident, identify
who is at fault and pursue compensation for your injuries.
Who Is Responsible for School & Commercial Buses?
A school district or municipality generally owns school and mass transit
buses. If the school district hired an outside bus company to manage their
routes, the bus company may bear liability for an accident. Commercial
and tour buses are usually owned by a bus line, but may be chartered by
another organization. Our Durham injury attorneys can wade through the
details and determine who is responsible for compensating you.
Bus accidents are like
truck accidents, in that the size and weight of buses put other motorists at a much greater
risk of injury or
death. Many accidents are caused by buses that have not been properly inspected
or maintained. Equipment defects or poor maintenance can make other parties,
such as parts manufacturers, share the blame for the crash.
Accidents Involving Chartered Buses or Passenger Vans
Sometimes an organization, family or company will rent a bus or 15-person
passenger van for a specific trip.
Depending on who is driving and the nature of the rental agreement, responsibility
for the accident may fall on:
- The owner of the vehicle
- The driver
- The organization that chartered the vehicle
What to do When You’ve Been Injured by a Taxi
Taxi drivers stop and go, pick up and drop off passengers, and focus on
their next destination and fare. As a result, they often slide in and
out of fast-moving traffic. This increases the risk of collisions. As
with buses, the company that owns and operates the taxi is usually held
accountable in a lawsuit.
Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau offers
consultations to discuss your injuries and your options.
Contact us online or call (919) 701-8132 to set up a meeting. You pay no legal fees unless
you receive compensation.