Plano Mass Transit Accident Attorney
Mass transit accidents often include serious crashes that involve buses and commuter and light rail systems in Texas, such as the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Trinity Railway Express, and more. Since they usually involve multiple passengers and injuries, they can be especially devastating. They can also be particularly complicated because mass transit systems are usually owned and maintained by government agencies.
Here at The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C., we understand the different rules and filing guidelines required for mass transit accidents. Our experienced Plano mass transit accident attorney can handle your case and advocate aggressively for the fair compensation you’re owed for lost wages, pain and suffering, reduced earning capacity, and other relevant losses.
Common Mass Transit Accident Injuries
Injuries resulting from mass transit accidents could range from easily treated soft injuries to severe and potentially permanent or life-threatening hard injuries. Examples of soft injuries include:
- Bruises and bumps
- Minor scrapes and cuts
- Strains and sprains
More severe hard injuries can include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Severed limbs
- Spine injuries, such as herniated disks
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Permanent scarring
- Fatal injuries
Liability in Mass Transit Accidents
If you were injured in a car accident that resulted in another driver’s negligence actions, you will need to file a personal injury claim with the insurer of the at-fault driver. However, what if the liable party is the driver of a bus that you were riding on? Or your vehicle got hit by a bus driver? It’s crucial to note that federal and state governments own and maintain public or mass transit systems, including buses. But governments in the U.S. are granted special protections, called sovereign immunity, against claims and lawsuits. Put simply, this means that governments are immune from being prosecuted.
Some legal experts state that only the federal government is immune to prosecution, but others argue that city and state governments also have sovereign immunity. But are you really out of luck if your mass transit accident involved a vehicle that the government owns and operates? Not necessarily, because you may be able to file a claim against a mass transit provider, even if the provider is a government agency.
Injury claims filed against government agencies are made under the Tort Claims Act rules for federal agencies. Various municipalities and states have also adopted a tweaked version of this act to handle claims against government agencies. However, filing a claim against government agencies is very different from filing a claim against private individuals or insurance companies. It will require special forms and more stringent deadlines. Submitting the wrong forms and filing them too late may result in losing your right to proper compensation.
Get in Touch with an Experienced Plano Mass Transit Accident Attorney Today
Mass transit accident claims are complex, but more so when government agencies are involved. But The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C., is ready to pursue compensation for all your damages, even if we have to battle it out with the government. To learn more about your claim and your legal rights, arrange a free consultation with our Plano mass transit accident attorney by filling out our online form or calling 972-380-4444.