For many, riding public transportation, such as a city bus, subway, or train, is a convenient and cost-effective way to travel. Unfortunately, by choosing public transportation, you put your safety into someone else’s hands.
If you are injured in a public transportation accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, so consider visiting a personal injury lawyer at Tolbert Beadle, LLC.
Getting in a Public Transportation Accident
Accidents can happen on any form of mass transit, including buses, subways, ferries, and airplanes. Usually, a public transportation accident happens because a public transit vehicle runs into a roadside object (like a guardrail or bridge) or hits another vehicle.
With a large number of passengers onboard, public transportation accidents can be incredibly dangerous. Regardless of the type of accident, you may be entitled to compensation as long as you were injured.
When you file a claim for injury compensation, you must prove negligence. Typically, compensation is not granted for accidents that were completely beyond the transit company’s control.
So, when filing a claim, you must prove that either the driver or the transit company was at fault for your injuries.
For example, if the accident was caused by a reckless or intoxicated driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Likewise, if vehicle problems such as faulty brakes, caused the accident, you may also be awarded compensation.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is not necessary for every public transportation accident. Typically, to file a lawsuit with a transportation company, you must have fairly severe injuries.
Less serious injuries, like minor cuts, bruises, or whiplash, can be settled out of court, but severe injuries, like burns, broken bones, or concussions, may require the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.
To file a claim, you’ll need to gather some evidence. After your accident, take pictures of the accident along with pictures of your injuries. If possible, gather police reports, witness statements, and hospital records.
Gathering evidence is particularly important if you are filing the claim on your own, but even if you work with a personal injury lawyer, it doesn’t hurt to come prepared.
Contact Tolbert Beadle, LLC
If you have been recently injured in a public transportation accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, talk with a personal injury lawyer.
At Tolbert Beadle, LLC, our experienced personal injury lawyers will work with you to gather evidence and take your case to court. To set up a consultation, contact us today!