Though public transportation drivers are held to higher standards than the average driver, accidents do happen. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a bus or other mode of public transportation, then you likely have questions about how you should file your claim and what your next step is. Let’s take a look at filing a personal injury case involving public transit.
Common Carrier Laws and Negligence
The public bus or train is known as a “common carrier” as opposed to a normal driver or even a private charter bus. For the most part, common carriers are liable for all damages to property and people during normal operation unless they can prove that the losses were caused by “enemies to the United States”, the owner of said property, or even, an act of God. As usual with personal injury cases, the negligent party is going to be responsible for the damages in question. So, with this in mind, let’s proceed.
What Do You Do First?
The first thing you should do following any type of accident is seek medical attention. This step cannot be understated in its importance. Later on, when examining your case, the insurance companies and the court will need to see that you sought out medical help for your injuries or your injuries may be called into question in terms of their legitimacy. Immediately following the accident, if your injuries are not severe, you should write down everything you can remember about the accident and take relevant photographs to use as evidence later.
The Time is Short and the Stakes are High
The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim made against the Maryland Transit Authority is 1 year. Though you can still file a lawsuit after a year, you will have a weaker chance of securing the damages you need. The sooner you act, the better your chances of winning your case. After you’ve sought medical attention and recorded the events, it’s time to contact the MTA with your claim letter. To help you put together your letter, contact a lawyer so that you can give yourself the best chance of success.
The Law Office of Ross W. Albers is Here to Help You
Whether you’ve been injured in a public transit accident or you have a different sort of personal injury concern, then contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll sit down with you and discuss the circumstances of your case so that we can secure the funds you need to cover your losses.