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What are the safety risks of taking public transportation?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2024 | Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

Public transportation is a convenient way to get to work, school and other locations. However, accidents can happen, and when they do, commuters need to know their legal rights.

Whether you are a regular or an occasional commuter, how can you protect yourself against the dangers of public transportation? In addition, what steps should you take if you get injured?

Common risks associated with public transportation

While public transportation in California is cost-effective and eco-friendly, it also presents certain risks. Among the common risks are:

  • Sudden stops or starts: These can cause passengers to fall or get thrown from their seats, which can result in injuries.
  • Slippery surfaces: Wet or slippery floors can lead to slips and falls, especially when entering or exiting the vehicle.
  • Inadequate maintenance: Poorly maintained vehicles can break down or malfunction, which may cause accidents.
  • Assaults and crimes: Commuters may be victims of theft, assault or other crimes while using public transportation.

In California, the law protects commuters who suffer injuries due to the negligence of public transportation operators. Public transportation providers, who owe a high duty of care to passengers, must take reasonable steps to ensure passenger safety.

Steps to take after suffering a public transport injury

Meanwhile, a commuter who suffers an injury while using public transportation must seek medical attention promptly. They should also report the incident to the transportation operator and gather evidence, if possible.

Further, filing for a personal injury claim has a deadline. In California, the statute of limitations is a two-year period from the date of the injury. However, the deadline is typically within six months when filing a claim against government entities like public transportation providers.

Protecting your rights and aiming for fair compensation

Knowing the risks of public transportation and the rights of injured commuters is crucial for everyone’s safety and well-being. In case of an injury, seeking an advocate may guide you through the complex legal process and help you protect your rights as you aim to receive fair compensation.