We all expect to arrive at our destinations safely, while using public transportation. What if bus drivers or train operators are negligent? What if vehicles aren’t being properly maintained and people get hurt? Perhaps, it’s another driver that crashes into the public transit vehicle you’re riding on. What’s next? Since public transportation accidents often involve government or other transportation agencies, these cases can quickly become complicated. These cases can often require additional investigative efforts and hardball dealing with larger agencies, insurance companies and their lawyers. If you’ve been injured on public transportation property or while riding on some form of public transportation, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.An In-Depth Investigation
An in-depth, highly detailed investigation is likely going to be where your lawyer starts. The initial police report may not tell the whole story. Your attorney will have the resources and the experience to get to the bottom of what happened to cause your injury. It could require weeks or months of investigative efforts. Your lawyer will be able to get maintenance records and determine if the transportation agency was operating safely and lawfully. You can count on larger transportation agencies being on the defensive too. They could be less than helpful to the investigation, while you’re just trying to recover from your injury and get back to your real life. Your attorney can be your advocate and stay on top of any official investigative efforts. He or she will be able to bring all of the evidence together and connect the dots to get to the bottom of your public transportation accident.Government and Transportation Agencies
You’re not dealing with another civilian driver. You’re dealing with a professional driver, working for a government transportation agency. This driver and agency have a higher duty of care to you than other drivers on the road. They owe a high level of care to their occupants and passengers and other motorists on the road. Bus drivers are navigating city streets in extremely large heavy vehicles. It goes without saying that they should never be texting, talking on the phone or engaging in any other distracted types of behaviors behind the wheel. If bus drivers aren’t driving safely, they’re putting their passengers and everybody else on the road at great risk.Dealing With Insurance Companies and Lawyers
The stakes are high in a public transportation accident case. These agencies have a lot to loose and they’re willing to do just about anything to avoid taking responsibility for accidents. In many cases, these agencies already have lawyers working for them, and so should you. This isn’t a simple fender bender with a driver in a privately owned sedan. This is a large government agency that doesn’t plan on paying out for injury cases, legitimate or not. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with too, and you can bet on adjusters playing hardball to avoid paying on claims.Damages Associated With Public Transportation Accidents
Depending on the type and severity of your public transportation accident, you could be facing a short hospital stay to weeks or longer in the intensive care unit. If a public transportation vehicle hit your car, you could also be looking at extensive property damage. During your recovery, you could also be missing work. Depending upon the flexibility and understanding at your place of work, you may or may not have a job after your recover from your injuries. Many people lose their jobs after a car accident, even if they miss only a few days or weeks at a job. You need to understand that you could have medical bills, daily expenses and other costs piling up, with little to no income coming in.When to Call a Public Transportation Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident involving any kind of public transportation, whether you were on a bus or in your own car, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Don’t count on your insurance company having your back either. They’re going to be looking out for their own bottom line, so you should have somebody in your corner, fighting for you.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a public transportation accident in the Jackson Metro Area or the surrounding areas, contact the experienced and proven legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate free case consultation today.