Taking public transportation is one of the most socially responsible things a person can do, and happens to be one of the most convenient ways for many people to get to and from their destinations. What’s more, the state of Connecticut maintains a number of public transportation types and options, including the Connecticut commuter rail, bus services, and express bus services. Of course, the Amtrak train also operates in Connecticut.
While public transportation is usually very safe, it is possible for injuries on public transportation to occur. If injured, it is important to understand your rights and legal terms like negligence, liability and causation. At The APEX Law Firm, LLC, our experienced personal injury attorneys can assist you in understanding how to seek damages for harm suffered.
Common Injuries on Public Transportation
Injuries on public transportation aren’t just caused from public transportation accidents and crashes; instead, common injuries on public transportation may include:
- Injuries from a slip and fall accident, including head injuries, bone fractures, bruises, and back and spine injuries. A slip and fall accident could occur because premises on or surrounding the public transportation (i.e. on the train itself or in the train station) are not safely maintained, or because of overcrowding.
- Injuries from assault, which are more common on public transportation than one would like to think. In fact, in New York City, the National Organization for Women reports that in the past five years, there have been more than 3,200 victims of sex crimes in the city’s transit system. Further, there has been a 52 percent increase in reported sex crimes in the city over a three-year period. These numbers do not include non-sexual acts of assault.
- Injuries caused by operator errors, defective parts/tracks, improper maintenance, and more, which can lead to an accident. When a public transportation accident occurs, multiple passengers could potentially be affected, incurring serious injuries.
Filing a Claim after Suffering a Public Transit Injury
If you are injured on public transportation to the point where you suffer damages, which could include medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more, you surely want to be compensated for these losses.
The first step is determining liability for the accident. For example, if you were assaulted on public transportation, the liable party could be the person who assaulted you, but may also include the owner of the property where the assault occurred if negligent security contributed to the accident.
If the accident occurred because of the error of the Department of Transportation (DOT) or a DOT employee, you will need to file a claim directly against the DOT. According to Section 52-556 of CGA, any person who is injured as a result of a state official or employee’s negligence while operating a motor vehicle maintain a right of action to recover damages. You must file a notice of claim first, and must file your claim within one year after the cause of action occurs.
Because the process for filing a claim against the government or a government entity is different than is the process for filing a claim against a private party, it is highly recommended that if you are injured in a public transportation incident, you contact an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney immediately. Because the time limit for filing a claim against the government is shortened, you should not hesitate to act quickly.
Contact Our Experienced Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers for More Information
Being injured in an accident involving public transportation can be scary, and the claims process can be confusing. If you are hurt and need compensation for your injuries, please contact our talented Connecticut public transportation injury attorneys at The APEX Law Firm, LLC. We will help you to understand the process of bringing forth a claim and recovering damages you may be entitled to. We work on a contingency fee basis and offer free consultations. Contact The APEX Law Firm today at (860) 900-0900 in Hartford County to schedule a free consultation today – our attorneys are ready to help you!