HOUSTON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENTS
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People in Harris County and throughout Texas use public transportation every day. According to a recent American Public Transportation Association study, public transit ridership in the United States reached an estimated 10.7 billion trips, for an average of over 29 million trips per day. Passengers in Texas make up a significant part of those numbers, as public transportation trips in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso ranked among the top 50 in urban areas across the country.
No matter what form of public transport is used, passengers put their trust in the public transportation operator. This has risks because riders give up control of their personal safety to the driver, operator and owner of the public transportation system.
What are public transportation accidents?
People use public transportation each day for convenience and economy, and to reduce their environmental footprint as they meet their daily needs. Public transportation is an important resource for those who need to commute to work, attend school, run errands, or go shopping or dining. It also serves those who enjoy the benefits of long distance business or recreational travel.
In the vast majority of cases, hard-working and conscientious operators of public transit systems, also known as “common carriers,” deliver their passengers safely to their destinations. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and public transit passengers can be injured or killed when accidents occur.
Examples of common carriers, and the environments where public transportation accidents can take place, include:
- Airplanes, helicopters and commuter flights;
- Airport shuttles;
- Commuter trains;
- Subway Trains;
- Taxi cabs; and
Common carriers are highly regulated by federal and state laws, and they are subject to a high standard of care toward their passengers. Thus as a public transportation passenger, you may be entitled to damages if you are hurt in an accident. Potential defendants who may be found liable for damages include the public transportation company and drivers of other vehicles involved in your accident.
Potential damages in a public transportation accident case include compensation for past and future lost income, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, out-of-pocket expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish and impairment.
Contact an Experienced Houston Auto Accident Lawyer
Public transportation injury and death cases can involve complex issues that require thorough investigation and skilled representation. Brad Wyly and Kelly Cook have earned well-deserved reputations in Harris County and southeast Texas as aggressive and skilled trial attorneys. As a client, you’ll receive the benefit of their knowledge and experience as they pursue your claim and represents you against those who caused your injury or the loss of your family member.
If you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed in a public transportation accident, you can concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery while our team at Wyly & Cook, PLLC concentrates on your financial recovery. We will keep you well-informed about your case from start to finish and will work tirelessly to get you the financial recovery that you deserve. Contact our firm today at 713-236-8330 for a free consultation or take moment to complete our free case evaluation on this web page. We respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.