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Public Transit Accident

A public transit accident can upend your life, and may cost you thousands in medical bills, pain and suffering, missed work, and lost earning capacity. If you have been injured in a public transit accident, you might not know how valuable your claim can be in the hands of a skilled litigator. Here's what you need to know about getting compensation for your injuries.

What Are Some Common Public Transit Accidents?

Transportation is a dangerous undertaking, even though it’s something we do every day. Public transportation is no exception. Some common accidents include:

Public transit actions can be relatively minor, including scrapes and strains, serious, such as broken bones and open wounds, and life-threatening or fatal, such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. It does not matter how serious the injury is; if you are injured through the negligence of a public transit authority, they are liable for your injuries.

Who is Liable for Public Transit Accidents?

Public transit is a government undertaking, and so the government is liable for your injuries—but only if you can prove their actions or inactions caused those injuries. If you behaved negligently—such as by rear-ending a bus or jumping in front of a train—the public transit authority may have no liability for your injuries. You must instead prove that the transit authority create a hazard, should have known about a hazard, failed to properly maintain equipment, behaved negligently, or otherwise behaved in a way that could reasonable be construed as dangerous.

How Much Money Can I Recover From a Public Transit Accident?

The amount of money you can recover from a public transit accident is heavily dependent on two factors: 1) how severely you are injured; 2) how much it costs to litigate your case. Medical damages and attorney’s fees are typically the largest portions of a public transit accident lawsuit recovery, but you may also be entitled to other damages:

Note that some other factors can affect the amount you recover, particularly if your case goes to trial. The jury might consider:

Why You Need a Lawyer for the Personal Injury Claim Arising from a Public Transit Accident

Particularly if your injuries are relatively minor and the government’s insurance company has offered a settlement, you might be tempted to take the check and walk away. Some people even try to represent themselves when their injuries are more serious. But there is no reason to go it alone. Most personal injury lawyers take cases on a contingency basis, which means that you do not have to pay unless you win.

The risks of representing yourself include:





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