Public transit in Georgia includes not only the transportation system used, but also the structures and means used to park at or enter / exit the transport vehicle. Personal injury is a common daily occurrence throughout the public and private transportation choices offered in Georgia. While many injuries are minor and often unreported, it is important to report any and all injury to protect not only yourself, but others who may receive a more serious or traumatic injury.
Public Transit Sites for Potential Injury
Personal injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Accidents happen when you least expect them and where you do not normally think they will happen. Every day an unexpected injury occurs on public transportation which includes the Marta system, buses, trains, taxies and Ubers, airplanes, and other common methods used for Georgia transit. In addition, personal injuries also occur when using the parking structures, turnstiles, escalators, automatic doors, or stairs which are used to enter or exit the public transportation.
Personal Injuries on Public or Private Transportation
When proper procedures are not followed, repairs are not in order, or drivers are careless, as common examples, personal injuries can occur which may need to be escalated to a personal injury claim. All aspects of public transit are required to operate with care, diligence, and safety. It does not matter if you are using public transport that is being operated by the state, county, or municipality, or being run through a private corporation or individual owner. Passenger safety is considered the first and foremost priority.
Personal Injury Related to Transportation Driver Liability
There are specific rules and regulations that direct the requirement of public transit drivers to show proper training, certification, and proper type of license. The conductor on Marta, the driver of a public bus, or Uber drivers, as examples, all need current licensure and proof of insurance specific to the type, size, and weight of the vehicle they are in charge of. While a driver or conductor may be liable for an accident or injury to a passenger or pedestrian, the state, country, or private entity may also be held responsible for not ensuring their employees had up-to-date certification, proper licensure and continuing education.
Personal Injuries on Public Transportation Affect Pedestrians
While most may associate personal injuries sustained on public transportation occur as a rider, many also occur to pedestrians as well. A pedestrian personal injury is considered as person who is injured before they enter the vehicle. The injury may occur on the stairs, curbs, bus stop, escalators, platforms, sidewalks, and within the transportation buildings or outbuildings themselves. These types of injuries also include a pedestrian struck by a taxi, train, or bus. Negligence of the property, malfunctions, driver error, poor safety signage, poor lighting, insufficient removal of hazardous situations, are all examples of public transportation personal injuries to those who are not yet a passenger or who have just exited the transport vehicle.
Public Transit Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury as a passenger or pedestrian on any of Georgia’s extensive transportation options, call the attorney with the experience and dedication to fight for full compensation of your injuries – Call Joel Baskin for a confidential evaluation of the circumstances of your injury and put him to work for you.