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Who Is Liable in a Public Transportation Accident?

Who Is Liable in a Public Transportation Accident?


Public transportation traffic incidents are scary and overwhelming, and it can be difficult to pinpoint who is responsible. Finding fault in an accident is important in Arizona. The responsible party is obligated to cover all related injuries and property damage.

When faced with a public transportation accident, there are many things to consider.

Determining liability in a public transportation accident means you must investigate:

  • Drivers and operators
  • The transportation equipment
  • Applicable state and federal laws
  • Any outside parties involved in the accident
  • The passengers and any role they played in the accident
  • And much more

Here is a broad overview of Arizona’s various public transport options and who could be responsible when there is an accident.

Public Transportation Available in Phoenix and Tempe

Our area has a variety of public transportation options. Valley Metro provides bus and light rail service in both cities, and Tempe also offers a free neighborhood circulator shuttle.

Liability in a Public Bus Accident

Liability can depend on a variety of factors, such as:

  • The actions driver’s actions
  • The actions of other parties involved
  • The circumstances leading up to the accident
  • Any applicable transportation laws and regulations

In many cases, the transportation company can be held liable for any damages or injuries. Liability could also fall on other parties, such as the government agencies responsible for maintaining roads.

Liability in a Light Rail Accident

Various parties could be responsible for a light rail accident, including:

  • The operators and drivers
  • The city or municipality that oversees the transportation system
  • The maintenance crews responsible for track and equipment upkeep

To hold the correct parties responsible, your attorney must do a thorough investigation. This involves looking into the cause of the accident. Your lawyer must examine all factors at play, including human error, mechanical malfunctions, and negligence on the part of anyone involved.

Liability in a Streetcar Accident

Generally, the streetcar’s operator is responsible for the safety of both their passengers and others on the road.

However, a variety of circumstances can contribute to an accident, such as:

  • Faulty equipment
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Poor road, rail, or track conditions

If you have been involved in a streetcar accident, you should get help qualified legal professional who can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries.

Who Pays for Damages in a Public Transportation Accident in Arizona?

Ultimately, it all depends on who is at fault.

  • If another vehicle or pedestrian was at fault, their insurance typically covers the damages.
  • If the accident was caused by the driver's negligence, the transit agency can be held liable for compensation.
  • If the accident was the result of faulty equipment or bad roadway conditions, you can hold the maintenance company or even the city responsible.

If you’ve been hurt in a public transportation incident, seek legal advice from an experienced attorney. They can help you gather all the necessary information, determine liability, and seek fair compensation.

Compensation Available After a Public Transportation Accident

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

If the accident was caused by the negligence of the transportation company or its employees, victims may be eligible for punitive damages as well. This is money the courts the defendant to pay as a form of punishment.

Filing a Claim After a Public Transportation Accident in Arizona

You have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim with the transportation company.

When you do, collect as much evidence as possible, such as:

  • Witness statements
  • Visual records of your injuries
  • Photographs of the accident scene

Additionally, seek medical attention as soon as possible. This both contributes to your own well-being and also provides documentation of treatment.

Give all the necessary information to the transportation company. Include:

  • The location of the accident
  • A description of what happened
  • The date and time of the accident

Finally, seek legal advice from a lawyer.

Alex & Associates, P.C. is here to help if you’ve been injured in a public transportation incident. For a free consultation, you can reach our firm online or call us directly at (602) 483-6114.

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