Using Public Transit Safely: Transit Operator’s Negligence

Public Transit Safety

Public transit is becoming an increasingly popular method of getting around. With savings in costs, and environmental benefits, many people opt to use public transit instead of taking private vehicles. While it may have its share of benefits, public transit is not without its risks.

If you are taking a bus or streetcar, you are exposed to many of the same risks as other types of vehicles which share the roadways with you. The bus you are riding in could collide with another vehicle or collide with a stationary object.

There are also injury risks that are more specific to the public transport used. For example, you may have just gotten on a bus and have not had a chance to sit down before the bus moved forward, causing you to fall. Or you may have simply slipped and fallen while at a bus or train station.

Some possible areas where the transit operator could have fell short on include the following:

  • Transit operators are responsible for ensuring that their vehicles, stations, and premises are maintained in a safe condition. Negligence may arise if they fail to address hazards such as slippery floors, malfunctioning doors, or faulty equipment promptly.
  • Operating a public transit vehicle requires utmost care and attention to ensure the safety of passengers and other road users. Negligence can occur if transit operators engage in reckless behaviors such as speeding, running red lights, or driving while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Proper training is essential for transit operators to handle various situations effectively and safely. Negligence may arise if operators lack adequate training in operating the vehicle, responding to emergencies, or interacting with passengers, leading to avoidable accidents or incidents.
  • Transit operators are bound by regulations and protocols designed to safeguard passenger safety. Negligence can occur if operators disregard these regulations, such as overcrowding vehicles beyond capacity limits, or neglecting routine maintenance checks.

If you have been injured or suffered harm due to transit operator negligence, you may have grounds for a legal claim to seek compensation for your damages from both the transit company and the individual operator. It’s important to ensure you report the incident to the transit company as soon as possible. If you are able to take pictures, then do so as this may help you.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a public transit incident, you may be able entitled to financial compensation. Please contact our team at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LL.P for a free initial consultation.

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