Plane, Train and Bus Accident Lawyer

Buses, trains and commercial airplanes are all highly used modes of transportation. We use them to get to work, visit relatives and take family vacations. They’re referred to as “common carriers,’ because they can get many people from point A to point B at the same time, and are highly used by many Floridians every day. But when there is an accident involving a common carrier, there are dozens, sometimes hundreds of passengers, pedestrians and other drivers who can be left to deal with the repercussions.

Under Florida law, common carriers typically refer to modes of transportation that charge a fee to transport people and goods, and they are governed by both state and federal laws. As such, the owners and operators of common carriers are expected to transport their clients with great care, and avoid accidents caused by any type of negligence. When a bus, airplane or train accident does occur as a result of negligence, it’s important to hold those responsible liable for all the damages and harm caused. Victims of common carrier accidents and their families have a right to seek compensation for their losses, but it can be a complicated process. Future Firm Law has experience dealing with these types of multi-layered cases and will apply our expertise to yours as well. You deserve justice for your or your loved ones’ injuries and we will fight for you to get it.

Common Carrier Accident

If you have been involved in a common carrier accident, it’s important to collect as much proof as you possibly can, to show that you were in no way responsible for your injury. Ideally, you should take photographs and videos of the scene of the accident, of the common carrier itself and of any visible injuries. If you are hurt too badly, ask someone else close by to do so. You should also gather information and witness statements from your fellow passengers, and other people who may have seen what happened. It’s likely the police were called to the accident, so take note of which department responded to the call, because our Future Firm Law team of common carrier accident lawyers will collect the police records at a later date to add to your evidence. You will also want to take a quick look around and note if there are any security cameras that could have caught what happened on tape. Then, it’s pertinent to get to a hospital or physician to treat and document your injuries.

At the hospital, you will need to get X-rays and any other recommended tests conducted to make sure you haven’t experienced any internal injuries, which are almost impossible to see. Your physician’s treatment plan might include getting more tests done, going to follow-up appointments and taking medications. It’s critical that you adhere to the doctor’s treatment plan, because when we are proving your case, we want to be able to show that you took your medical care seriously and followed all medical personnel’s instructions. If the common carrier or their insurance provider directly contacts you to discuss the accident or to offer you a settlement of any kind, you should not discuss it with them. Politely decline to answer their questions and refer them to your Future Firm Law bus accident attorney.

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Common Carrier Accident

One of the most frequent questions victims of common carrier accidents and their families have is, “Whom should I file suit against for my compensation?” This confusion is understandable because there can be so many factors to blame in an accident involving an airplane, a train, a bus or a ship. With charter buses that travel for long distances, for instance, driver fatigue is a common cause of accidents, so it’s possible that a collision with another vehicle on the road could have been due to a driver’s negligence. It’s also possible that the bus had a design flaw, or had not been properly maintained. That’s why it can often be difficult to determine who is at fault when an accident occurs.

A common carrier accident that results in distress, injuries or property damage is typically considered to be either negligent or intentional, though the most common accidents are designated as negligent. Proving negligence in a case like this requires you to show that it was another party’s duty to perform certain acts, and that they did not carry out their duty. Some of the additional considerations in relation to that are:

  • Negligent Hiring – The employer could be held liable for an accident if it is found that their employees are not qualified for the job they hold. The employer has an obligation to check all the credentials of their employees.
  • Comparative Fault – In the state of Florida, comparative negligence means that every person can only be at fault for an accident for the percentage of negligence in which they are found. For example, the driver of a city bus who is approaching a stop sign fails to stop, and then another vehicle that is speeding hits the bus. In this case, each of the drivers maintains 50% of the responsibility for the accident, and will each be 50% liable for legal action.
  • No-Fault – Drivers in Florida are required to carry liability auto insurance coverage, which covers the initial $10,000 of any injuries, whether or not the driver is at fault. After that amount is paid, a victim may sue other parties responsible for the accident, if they choose to.
  • Vicarious Liability – With this type of liability, any acts of negligence committed by an employee of a common carrier can be placed on the employer

Compensation for Common Carrier Accident

Victims in a variety of accident types have the right to file civil claims against the at-fault party/parties in order to pursue financial damages. When you file a personal injury claim for a common carrier accident, you could end up receiving reimbursement for any accident-related expenses you have already incurred, as well as any that you may be expected to pay in the future, in relation to your accident. These types of reimbursement could include:

  • Medical costs – These costs would encompass medical care for yourself or a loved one who has died, including any possible future medical care for a long-term or permanent injury. Medical costs should always be a part of a common carrier accident award or settlement.
  • Lost wages – While recovering from your accident, if you were required to miss work, you can list your lost income as part of your compensation. If the injuries you sustained in the accident caused a permanent disability, the lost wages part of your compensation may also include your loss of future earning potential.
  • Pain and suffering – In the civil justice system, you are able to seek damages for emotional toll, mental anguish, physical pain and suffering and any other intangible impacts you may have from your accident.
  • Wrongful death damages – If a loved one has been lost in a common carrier accident, their surviving family members may be eligible for damages such as loss of consortium (loss of the benefits of a family relationship,) funeral and burial expenses and lost inheritance.