Public Transit Collision Litigation:
Public transportation, or mass transit, is an essential part of life for most commuters and residents of urban areas. Residents of the Chicagoland-area and throughout Illinois rely on buses, trains, and taxicabs every day, whether to get to and from work or to visit friends and family on the weekends. But accidents involving these types of public transit providers remain all too common.
Whether you were a passenger or not, if you have been injured because of the fault of a public transit provider you may have the right to obtain compensation for your injuries. The attorneys of Keating Law Offices have experience representing passengers who have been the victim of negligence by public transportation providers in the Chicagoland area and throughout Illinois. If you or a loved one were the victim of negligence caused by a public transportation provider, you need knowledgeable attorneys who understand the different types of laws and regulations that apply to these types of drivers and the companies for which they work.
Information for Passenger Victims:
Under Illinois law, certain forms of public transportation and mass transit providers are called “common carriers.” Special laws apply to common carriers. Common carrier laws are meant to protect the passengers who use these transportation systems. Common carriers have a duty to use the “highest degree of care” to keep their passengers safe. This is a higher standard of care than other types of business must use towards their customers. Types of common carriers are: planes, ships, buses, taxicabs, limousines, railroads, elevators, and amusement rides.
When a public transportation provider fails to use the highest degree of care possible and this lack of care results in an injury to a passenger, the public transportation providers is said to be negligent. For example, a train operation may be liable for negligence if a train conductor fails to check if the platform area in a station is clear and strikes a waiting passenger. Or, a taxicab company may be liable if one of its drivers fails to warn a passenger to exit the vehicle on the curb-side and the passenger is struck by another vehicle while stepping out of the cab.
Information for Non-Passenger Victims:
Common carrier laws do not apply if a public transportation provider injures a non-passenger. For example, if a bus strikes a pedestrian who is not a passenger, common carrier laws do not apply. The injured pedestrian will still be able to recover damages under normal personal injury laws.
More information for Non-Passenger Victims is available in our sections on:
The attorneys of Keating Law Offices have experience representing victims of the negligence of all types of public transit providers in Illinois and the Chicago area. Our firm is ready to help if you, or a loved one, have been the victim of an injury caused by a public transit provider.