Experienced Baltimore Accident Attorneys Represent Riders Involved in Mass Transit Accidents
Relying on public or private transportation shouldn’t put your life at risk
Many people rely on mass transit as a way to get around the Baltimore-D.C. metropolitan area. Riding the bus or train can be more convenient and more cost-efficient, but if the driver isn’t paying attention, or the vehicles aren’t properly maintained, that ride can also be a lot more dangerous. If you’ve been involved in an accident while riding public transportation or with a private company, the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, will help investigate the cause and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Common causes of mass transit incidents and injuries
Frequent stops, numerous distractions and unwieldy vehicles all put mass transportation at a higher risk for accidents. Both riders and passersby need to be cautious, as problems can arise at any time, including:
- Vehicle collisions. If a bus or train strikes another vehicle or damages property, the riders can be thrown about and injured inside. Because most of these vehicles do not require or include safety restraints, passengers are at an increased risk for blunt force injuries.
- Loading and unloading accidents. Many times, accidents occur when a vehicle stops and passengers begin embarking or debarking, while traffic continues to move around them. Likewise, passengers waiting at bus stops can be injured if a bus maneuvers outside its safe zone.
- Assault onboard. With so many riders on a bus or train, sometimes altercations arise, or dangerous persons can be riding with you. If you are attacked or threatened by someone while riding mass transit, the management can be held responsible for your security.
- Vehicle malfunction. If a bus or train isn’t properly maintained, it puts both its driver and passengers at risk of an accident. Brake failures, signaling malfunctions and mechanical problems can all lead to collisions, rollovers or other accidents.
Driver negligence and holding management accountable
It’s common to read stories in the news about drivers distracted by text messaging or operating a vehicle while fatigued, leading to a collision on the road or rails. But these accidents also stem from the management company’s failure to properly hire, train and schedule drivers.
When you’ve been involved in a mass transit accident, your best route for compensation is to file a suit against the bus, train or taxi company that operates the vehicle involved. These companies tend to have substantial financial and legal resources, so it’s important to work with an experienced traffic law attorney to bring an aggressive case against those responsible.
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a mass transit vehicle, contact our Baltimore office today
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, have extensive experience with traffic law and personal injury claims, and will be happy to discuss your case. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve various counties throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.