Bus/Train Accident Law

Accidents involving buses and trains  injure and sometimes even kill a large number of people.  Lawsuits filed in such cases are quite different than those filed in the case of auto accidents.  This is because the defending party is mostly a government entity or at least a private organization.  Also, the laws related to these cases are quite complicated. Pursuing such cases can be tricky for the plaintiff.

Causes of bus accidents

  • Driver’s inexperience or lack of training
  • Driver’s negligence
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Speed
  • Manufacturing defect in the vehicle
  • Poor maintenance of vehicle
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Defective roads

According to bus/train accidents law, the following parties can be held responsible for a bus accident:

  • The bus company
  • The bus driver
  • The mass transit system
  • The government entity responsible for road maintenance
  • The bus manufacturing company

Causes of train accidents

Train accidents generally cause injury and death on a larger scale than bus accidents.

According to the bus/train accidents law, the causes of train accidents can be listed as follows:

  • Accidents at rail crossings
  • Collision with vehicles
  • Collision with another train
  • Derailment

In most states, the common carrier i.e. the train or bus is not responsible for the absolute safety of the passengers.  But the carrier is supposed to exercise sufficient caution to ensure that there is no danger to the passengers.  It is also required to warn the passenger from certain activities which could cause him harm.  For example, standing at the door of a moving train, here the liability of the carrier will be dependent on the degree of care it has taken to safeguard the passengers and the facilities it has provided in the event of occurrence of an untoward incident.  If the carrier has failed to comply and an accident occurs, the carrier might be held liable for the entire amount of compensation to the injured party.

People who have met with such accidents or the family of people who have lost their lives in such accidents should approach a personal injury lawyer who will help them sue the person or company responsible as per the bus/train accidents law.

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