Mass transit options provide a way for commuters and visitors to easily and affordably get from one location to the next. Millions of people utilize buses and trains because they are dependable and safe options that help avoid the congestion of the DC Metro Area roads. Public transportation must be operated safely and maintained properly to prevent injuries to its passengers. When the standard of care is not met and negligence leads to serious injury, it is important to consider one’s legal options. Though much of the mass transit system is owned and operated by the Maryland Transit Administration, serious injury and wrongful death claims on Commuter Buses, MARC Trains, and the MobilityLink, CityLink, and LocalLink systems may lead a person to take legal action against a range of parties. Contacting an experienced personal injury law firm is in your best interests. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a free consultation to discuss your legal matter.
Mass transit accidents and injuries
The Maryland Transit Administration and other private transportation entities have a responsibility to ensure the safety of passengers. Whether it is a hazard that should have been addressed in the station or an operator that is not properly trained and drove a vehicle recklessly, accidents caused by negligence can end with terrible results. Some personal injury cases regarding mass transit and the Maryland Transit Administration include, but are not limited to:
- Driver distraction
- Slip and falls
- Falling objects
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Faulty equipment
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver fatigue
- Excessive speed
- Poorly maintained waiting areas
For a personal injury case to succeed, it will have to prove that one or more parties acted negligently and serious injury or wrongful death was caused by negligence. An experienced attorney will be able to help investigate the matter. Responsible parties can include a government agency, the operator of the vehicle in question, a municipality, the designer or manufacturer of a bus or train part, and many more. If you are injured, seek medical attention. If you are able, take pictures of the scene or the hazard that injured you and speak with witnesses. If you are unable to act for yourself, contact our firm to act on your behalf and start the investigation.
If you are injured while riding on a bus or a train and succeed in bringing a lawsuit, you could be entitled to a range of economic and noneconomic damages, including lost wages, medical bills, future earnings, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and emotional stress. Our firm will assess your case and fight for maximum compensation to make you financially whole as you focus on healing.
When a mass transit accident is caused by the negligence of a municipality or government agency, the legal matter becomes more complicated. In order to take legal against the state or the MTA, you must file a claim letter within 1 year of the incident. When you send your claim letter, the local government should investigate your case. This investigation may find that your claim is valid and the government is responsible. The government may choose to resolve the case without going to court. You may still file a lawsuit. It is important to know that under Maryland law, tort damages are limited to $400,000 for a single person or $800,000 for a single incident.
Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC
If you are injured in a public transportation accident, it is important to discuss your matter with an effective and experienced legal team. For years, Timian & Fawcett, LLC has provided clients in Prince George’s County and the DC Metro Area with unmatched commitment and zealous representation. Our firm understands what is at stake and we will work tirelessly to help you through tough times while working to protect your future. For a free consultation, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.