Southaven Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Clients Injured in Mass Transit Accidents
Bringing cutting-edge legal services to Southaven, Olive Branch, Hernando and the surrounding communities
Americans utilize mass transit such as Amtrak, Greyhound, JATRAN, NTS, HART, taxicabs or commercial airlines every day to get where they need to go. For some people, public transportation is just a convenience but for many others it is a necessity because they do not own a vehicle of their own. People trust public transportation to be safe and reliable; however, mass transit injuries happen all the time to passengers on trains, buses, boats and airplanes. Most of these injuries should have never happened and almost all fatalities involving mass transit are normally preventable and are caused by someone’s negligence.
At the law firm of Taylor Jones Taylor, you will find a legal team who with the experience and skills to handle complex litigation arising from mass transit accidents. Our firm handles both personal injury and wrongful death claims that are the result of catastrophic mass transit accidents throughout Mississippi and the United States.
Common causes of mass transit accidents
Public transportation operators are considered common carriers by law. The law holds common carriers to a high standard of safety because they are responsible for the lives and safety of their passengers. As a result, they are responsible under the law when one of their passengers is injured in an accident that was caused by their negligence. Some of the common causes of mass transit accidents include:
- Driver negligence in the form of distracted, impaired or drowsy operation, insufficient training or driver inexperience
- Bus collisions with either other vehicles or pedestrians on or near the roadway
- Train derailment due to improper operation, mechanical problems, or collisions with other motor vehicles
- Airline accidents caused by pilot error, poor weather conditions, mechanical failure or intentional sabotage
Common injuries from public transportation accidents
Depending on the nature of the accident, injuries from mass transportation accidents can include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones
What compensation is available to those injured in a mass transportation accident?
If you have sustained an injury or lost a loved one in a mass transit accident, you may be able to take legal action against the transportation authority that is responsible for your injuries. You may be able to obtain compensation for the following after a mass transport accident:
- Medical expenses (past, current and future)
- Lost wages (past, current and future)
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering (past, current and future)
- Emotional distress (past, current and future)
Time limits for filing a claim after a mass transit accident
If you have been injured, or lost a loved one in a public transportation accident, there is some difference between the process for filing a claim against a transportation company or a government agency. There are deadlines for notifying the transportation authority that you plan to bring legal action against, and there is a statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit. Mississippi has its own requirements for filing your claim so it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. A knowledgeable Southaven mass transit accident attorney from Taylor Jones Taylor can advise you of any limitations or other requirements and will handle all of the legal details and protect your interests. Bear in mind that there are often caps or limits on claims against government agencies or transportation authorities.
At Taylor Jones Taylor, the attorneys know how to investigate the accident and gather the evidence required in order to recover compensation for your injuries.
Respected Southaven mass transit accident attorneys who fight for your rights
When you have been injured in a mass transit accident, you will need lots of legal support and guidance during a traumatic time in your life. Taylor Jones Taylor maintains offices located in Southaven, Hernando, and Olive Branch, so the firm is always close by when you need legal counsel you can trust. Please call 662.342.1300, or fill out this contact form to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. How can we help you today?