In 2007, there were over 20,000 injuries in the United States involving transit vehicles, such as buses, light rail, commuter rail, and streetcars. In that same year there were approximately 288 total transit-related fatalities. These numbers demonstrate that transit accidents and accidents involving trucks and planes are extremely serious and often involve catastrophic injuries.
At Ramey & Hailey, we represent people who have been involved in common carrier accidents. "Common carrier" is a broad term that generally refers to businesses and entities that are responsible for transporting passengers, goods, and services from one location to another. Some examples of common carriers include buses, trucks, trains, planes, ferries, and taxis.
There are numerous state and federal laws that regulate common carriers and their operators. The main governmental body that oversees various transportation providers is the Department of Transportation (DOT). Within the DOT are several administrations that are responsible for ensuring that federal transportation safety regulations are being followed by common carriers throughout the nation. Some DOT administrations include the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) .
Generally, because many common carriers transport people from one destination to the next, these types of common carriers owe a heightened duty of care to passengers and occupants, as compared to the duty that people owe to each other. This means that, in most circumstances, common carriers must exercise a high level of care and caution towards their passengers. Consequently, state and federal transportation regulations are very specific as to the conduct that common carriers must follow.
Types of Common Carrier Accidents
Common carrier accidents can happen for a variety or reasons, including:
- Failure to follow state and federal regulations
- Improper maintenance of vehicles and equipment
- Drivers or operators who are improperly trained or negligent
- Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Lack of safety measures or policies
If you have been injured or lost a family member in a common carrier accident, you should seek experienced legal counsel. The law entitles you to recover for such items as medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity, if the accident was caused by the negligence of another entity or individual. The attorneys at the law firm of Ramey & Hailey have the experience, knowledge and dedication to achieve a successful resolution to your case. Contact Ramey & Hailey today for assistance.