Public Transportation Accidents
People in the Atlanta metro area and elsewhere in Georgia rely on public transportation as an efficient, cost-effective way to travel. When you ride in a bus, train, or other vehicle, you expect the driver to use care and caution on the road. Unfortunately, passengers are often injured on public transportation due to operator error or other incidents of carelessness. People in other vehicles, as well as pedestrians, also may be struck by buses or trains. If this has happened to you or someone close to you, enlisting a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can make a critical difference in protecting your rights. T. Andrew Miller is an Atlanta public transportation accident attorney who can thoroughly investigate the details of your situation and advocate on your behalf throughout the legal process.Assert Your Rights After a Public Transportation Accident
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) buses and trains transport thousands of people around the region on a daily basis. Victims of public transportation accidents may suffer from a variety of injuries, including back, spine, and neck injuries, burns, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, paralysis, or even a tragically avoidable death.
If you were hurt due to the negligence of a bus driver or train operator, you likely will be able to seek compensation for your harm. Negligence refers to a failure of an individual or entity to meet a duty of care that was owed to someone else, who was hurt as a result. Under Georgia law, the public transportation system has a duty to exercise reasonable care when transporting passengers. The city itself, in addition to the negligent driver, may be liable for careless conduct that results in a crash. This is because drivers generally are acting in the course of their employment duties for the city while they are operating buses or trains, which means that the city may be held vicariously liable even if it was not directly responsible for causing the collision.
If negligence is established, an accident victim may be able to obtain compensation for lost income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages that he or she sustained. However, it is important to be aware that public transportation accidents pose distinctive legal challenges, since they involve government entities. The concept of “sovereign immunity” limits the extent to which injured passengers or other victims may be able to sue the government after a crash. Furthermore, there are strict procedural rules and time limits that apply when taking legal action against a city or another public entity, which is why it is critical to have a skilled lawyer on your side.Discuss a Public Transportation Accident Case with an Atlanta Attorney
Cases arising from bus or train crashes can be challenging unless you seek representation from a knowledgeable Atlanta public transportation accident lawyer. T. Andrew Miller has years of experience representing victims in complex personal injury claims. He takes pride in providing personalized attention to each and every client. If you retain him, you can be assured that he will keep you informed of what is happening in your case at each step of the process. T. Andrew Miller represents people in Stone Mountain, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Alpharetta, and other communities in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties. To set up a free consultation with a car accident attorney, call (678) 894-4758 or contact us online.