Los Angeles Bus Accident Attorney
Common carriers generally refers to modes of transportation that you ride for hire. Examples include taxis, limousines, trains, buses, subways, and airplanes. Millions of passengers safely use common carriers everyday without a problem. However, when there is an accident involving a bus, subway, or train, the consequences can be devastating. Unfortunately, we are all too familiar with news stories involving train and Metrolink disasters. They seem to happen at an alarmingly high rate and are almost always caused by operator error.
Usually the driver of a car is held to the standard of reasonable care, meaning that her or she must use reasonable care while driving a car. But a common carrier in California must use “utmost care.” In other words, a bus driver has to be much more careful than an ordinary car driver. The same goes for a train engineer or airplane pilot, they must use “utmost care” for the safety of their passengers. This heightened standard of care makes it easier for injured passengers to recover compensation for their injuries in the event of an accident.
At the Law Offices of Mann & Elias, most of our common carrier cases involve public entities. The owner of the bus, subway, or train is usually a city or public transportation agency such as Metrolink. Cases against governmental entities are different from cases against private insurance companies. Even the statue of limitation (the time in which you must file a lawsuit) is different when just one of the defendants is a governmental entity. This is why it is so important to hire a lawyer who has successful experience in dealing with common carrier cases.
Contact a Bus Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles
Although common carrier accidents may result in minor injuries, subway and train accidents are often catastrophic. If you or someone you know has been involved in any common carrier accident which caused injury, whether major or minor, call our Los Angles bus crash lawyers at the Law Offices of Mann and Elias at 323-857-9500 for a free consultation. Or click here to be re-directed to a free case evaluation form.