Mass transit is one of the most common forms of transportation, especially in the more urban areas of our state. Whether you use a bus or take a train for your commute to work, there is a very good chance you use our mass transit system. People in Maryland rely on mass transit to arrive at their destination safely and on time. Fortunately, this is usually the case, though sometimes, accidents happen. When train or bus accidents occur, unsuspecting passengers can be seriously injured as a result, which is why they very often seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, and more. If you have been injured in a Maryland mass transit accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What causes train accidents?
Trains are a very efficient means of transportation, though they are not immune to accidents. When trains are improperly operated or maintained, there is a chance they may crash. Trains can crash due to broken switches, cracks around bolt holes or on the tracks, worn down rails, and more. Additionally, train conductors and operators can behave negligently by doing things like speeding, falling asleep, or operating the train while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Train operators are also responsible for aligning railroad switches, giving proper instructions to crew members, and more.
What causes bus accidents?
Buses are one of the most widely-used forms of transportation throughout Maryland’s urban areas. Unfortunately, sometimes bus drivers are negligent and cause an accident. Since buses are such heavy, powerful machines, one can only imagine the damage they can cause if operated improperly. Here are some examples of bus driver negligence:
- Ignoring traffic signs or lights
- Discharging passengers on unsafe roadways
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to check blind spots
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
How do I recover financial compensation after a mass transit accident?
To recover financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This is not always easy, though thankfully, and experienced attorney can help you do so. When you file a lawsuit against the MTA, you must file a claim letter within one year of your accident. Tort damages are limited to $400,000 for a single person and $800,000 for a single incident.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to speak with an attorney about your best course of action, contact the Law Offices of Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC today.
Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC to schedule a consultation.