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Causes of Mass Transit Accidents

mass transit accidentsDo you take a regional rail line into work each day? Ride the bus? Do you travel by plane, whether for pleasure or for business? If so, then you are one of the tens of millions of people who use mass transit. It has been estimated that more than 30 million Americans use mass transit every day, and in most cases they do so with no trouble at all. Our mass transit system is generally assumed to be safe – that is why when accidents occur, they are such big news. Incidents such as the recent Amtrak crash in Philadelphia or the ferry boat accident that took place in New York a few years ago capture our attention and our concern because they make it suddenly dispel our sense of safety and make it clear that we are vulnerable. At Philly Justice, we represent those who have been injured in mass transit accidents that result from negligence, which is one of the most common causes of mass transit accidents.

There is good reason for people to feel at ease when they board mass transit, whether it is a subway, a trolley, a train or a plane. Without being told, we understand that those who run these entities have a duty of care to make sure that we are safe. They are supposed to hire qualified personnel who are well trained, make sure that the vehicles that transport us are in good working condition and well maintained, provide security to ensure our safety, and keep vigilant to make sure that they are preventing accidents from taking place. It is important to remember that not all mass transit accidents involve crashes, and can include incidents that occur to single riders. The most common causes of mass transit accidents include:

Collisions with objects or other vehicles as a result of the driver not paying attention to traffic signals, being distracted by cell phones, intoxication, or falling asleep while operating the vehicle

Criminal activities perpetrated by a rider or riders, or persons in the vicinity or property that the mass transit operator runs. These can include attacks while on platforms or terminals, as well as while actually riding on the vehicle

Slip and fall accidents that occur as a result of debris or unsafe conditions on the property belonging to the mass transit entity, or on the vehicle itself

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or an attack while riding on mass transit or while on mass transit property, then you may have a right to pursue legal action against the organization for not having provided you with adequate protection consistent with their duty of care. The personal injury attorneys at Philly Justice have a record of successfully assisting those who have been injured or harmed as a result of a mass transit accident. We will meet with you to discuss the particulars of what happened and provide you with the information you need about your rights and how we can help, contact us today.