One moment you’re seated comfortably on the city bus. In the next moment, the driver slams on the brakes, and you find yourself face-down in the aisle. In the scramble that ensues, somebody steps hard on your arm, and you realize that your forehead is bleeding. After getting medical care for your injuries, you should seek the help of a trained accident attorney.
Determining Who Is At Fault
When you board public transportation, whether a bus or a train, you have every right to expect safe transport to your destination. The driver has the legal responsibility to follow traffic laws and safety rules to ensure that happens. The transportation firm has the responsibility to provide well-maintained vehicles and trained operators. If you are injured in an accident caused by the driver’s or the firm’s negligence or intentional actions, you have a legal right to financial compensation.
Some examples of negligence that could cause your accident injury include:
- Driver inattention; talking to passengers while at the wheel
- Neglect of vehicle maintenance that causes malfunction and an accident
- Inadvertent failure to come to a full stop when passengers board or depart
A driver or other personnel working for the train or bus company might intentionally put passengers at risk by:
- Stopping or starting abruptly to force people to sit down
- Speeding to make up for an earlier delay
- Driving while intoxicated
Your public transportation accident attorney can help determine whether the company is liable for the accident that caused your injury. If so, your lawyer will seek compensation for you.
What Compensation Is Available?
You have the right to financial compensation when you are injured in a bus or train accident. It should cover your medical bills and any time lost from work. If your injury is complex or debilitating, you could claim loss of future income. You could possibly seek payment for your pain and suffering as well. Your South Dakota personal injury attorney has the knowledge and tools required to help you secure appropriate compensation for your damages.
Your Regional Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you have been injured due to the negligence or intent of public transportation operators in the
Sioux Falls, S.D., region, Wilka, Welter & Ash, LLP is ready to help. We are familiar with specific South Dakota statutes that affect your case, and we will fight to get the full compensation you deserve. Visit or contact us today to find out more.