Without a doubt, modern transportation – that is, planes trains and automobiles – are some of the safest modes of travel ever devised. Nevertheless, avoidable mistakes are made in the public sector, costing people their property and their lives. Here are a few things to know if you are injured in a mass transit personal injury situation:
What constitutes a mass transit personal injury?
Mass transit injuries include any type of personal harm that occurs while riding on, or being hit by, a mass transit vehicle. This definition includes private and public buses – even school buses. Subways, trains and trolleys of any type carrying the public are also included. In addition, taxis and private limousines for hire qualify. Finally, airplanes and helicopters are also considered mass transit.
What are the responsibilities of mass transit providers?
When it comes to mass transit vehicles, there are "standard of care" rules that apply to the operator. These rules include:
- Keeping passengers reasonably safe by using the properly designated safety equipment and by properly maintaining all vehicles.
- Having only fully-trained professionals operate the vehicles at any time.
- Providing security measures when and where necessary.
- Keeping all entrance and exit areas safe, secure and free from debris.
What does the term "common carrier" mean?
There is a significant distinction between the laws governing mishaps in private and public "common carriers" in the state of Nevada. In fact, the law actually varies greatly depending on what type of transportation was being used at the time of the accident. The laws are quite strict for public transportation but slightly more lenient for private carriers. In either event, a victim should seek legal counsel in the event of any accident involving a common carrier.
What are the statute of limitations and the limits on damages in these types of cases?
In the state of Nevada, a personal injury case involving a common carrier generally carries a two year statute of limitations to file a case for compensation. Otherwise the appropriate court will dismiss the case. In addition, there are a variety of limits on the amount of damages that can be recovered in these types of cases. Again, finding the right legal counsel will assure that you file in time and obtain the maximum amount due to you.
For more information on these mass transit and other accident-related legal issues, please contact us at Greenberg, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez. Call 702-388-4476 to schedule a free consultation.