Bus accidents and taxi accidents have some obvious characteristics in common with other automobile accidents. A taxi, after all, is a car. The type of injuries sustained in a car accident do not depend on whether the accident victim was riding with a friend or paying for the ride. Bus accidents differ somewhat, since the size and weight of the vehicle and the fact that passengers are often unrestrained may impact the seriousness of the accident and the type of injuries sustained. However, the primary distinction is that the legalities surrounding liability for these types of accidents may differ considerably from those involved in a standard car accident case.
When you’ve been injured in a bus or taxi accident, it’s important to work with a personal injury lawyer who has experience in that area.
Liability in Florida Bus and Taxi Accident Cases
In any personal injury case, the injured party must establish that the defendant had a responsibility to do something (such as exercise reasonable care while driving) and failed to do so. The plaintiff must also show that the defendant’s failure to live up to that responsibility was the cause of the plaintiff’s damages. Some common damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Medical bills
In most car accident cases, the responsible party is the negligent driver. However, in some cases there may be more than one responsible party, and identifying those parties may require some investigation. Like commercial truck accidents, bus and taxi accident cases often involve claims against the company that employs or contracts with the driver. Some of the reasons the company might be liable for injuries after an automobile accident include:
- Responsibility for the actions of its employees
- Policies, official or unwritten, that encourage employee carelessness
- Faulty equipment maintenance
In addition to the possibility that the bus company or cab company may be liable to the injured party, local, state and federal regulations may come into play. In addition, many bus lines are run by municipal entities, which may impact both available remedies and timelines.
First Steps after a Bus or Taxi Accident
If you’ve been injured in a bus or taxi accident, your first step should of course be to seek medical attention. However, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney who has experience with bus and taxi accidents as soon as possible.
In any personal injury case, there is a risk of being unable to locate witnesses, witness memories fading and physical evidence being lost or destroyed if you delay in pursuing your claim. In commercial carrier cases, however, there is an even greater risk: some companies are not above intentionally disposing of evidence or instructing employees to conceal evidence of the company’s liability. The sooner you have an experienced advocate on your side, the more likely it is that your attorney will be able to assemble the evidence necessary to put forth a strong case on your behalf.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident or taxi accident, don’t take chances with your right to recover for your injuries. Pick up the phone right now and call 1-800-253-5523 or complete the form on this page to request a free consultation.