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Types of Public Transportation Accidents in Atlanta

Atlanta has over 6 million people within its borders. Every day, whether for work or leisure, a large percentage of the population commutes using public transit or transportation services such as the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA. MARTA consists of railways with 38 train stations as well as a network of bus lines.

However, in addition to subways and buses, public transportation also encapsulates a number of other modes of transport such as:

  • Taxis
  • Escalators
  • Limousines
  • Trolleys
  • Airport shuttles
  • Rideshares, like Uber and Lyft

Legal Duties of Public Transport Companies

Most businesses or companies licensed to operate as public transportation are heavily regulated and monitored by state and federal laws so that injuries or any harm to passengers can be avoided.

For instance, the carrier must make sure exits are kept clear, security is available when necessary, vehicles are maintained, there is no speeding, and that only qualified people are hired to operate and drive the vehicles. Unfortunately, not all of these rules are followed sometimes, resulting in public transportation accidents or injury.

Many insurance companies working for public transportation services will rush to settle out of court to avoid additional publicity and legal fees. That is why it is important to always consult an experienced, knowledgeable attorney before you agree to a settlement offered by a public transport agency or company.

Contact Us for More Information on Public Transportation Accidents

Don’t settle for less, receive the compensation you deserve. Public transportation services and companies should be held liable for any accidents they cause. Contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP so that you can receive optimum litigation and any possible compensation for loss of wages, medical bills, pain and suffering.

Contact our office by phone at 404-445-1411 or by using our online contact form. Your consultation is free and you pay nothing unless there is successful conclusion or settlement of the case.

Injured Marta Bus Rider Wins $29,000 Settlement

A man injured as he walked through a moving MARTA bus recently won a $29,000 settlement. Yet his lawyer had doubts about the case. Two-thirds of the potential jurors answered “yes” when asked if they were suspicious of clients who file lawsuits. To make matters worse, MARTA had been fighting the case for over two years, leaving at least one juror certain that MARTA had to be in the right.

Fortunately for the client, Carlton Williams, his lawyer, Steve Goldman agreed to forge ahead with the case. Williams was originally awarded $300,000 in damages, but the sum was decreased because the jury decided Williams was 22{feda45885e261fa14202848ec0416fdb5a1c332b072331bc4b7a4cd461f32529} responsible for his accident. Accounting for appropriated liability and pre-judgement interest, Williams walked away with nearly $240,000.

Goldman said he offered to file Williams’ claim for $50,000 before the trial. MARTA made a counter offer of only $7,500.

The incident occurred in October 2010 just after Williams boarded a bus on Covington Highway near Memorial Drive. Williams, then age 57, claimed the bus driver did not give him enough time to reach a seat. As the driver went into a turn, Williams was hurled back, then thrown right across the first row of seats, across a few other passengers, and into the window.

The driver’s testimony that he was not supposed to wait an extra second or two for a rider to take a seat seemed to be the key to the verdict.

Public Transportation Accidents at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

MARTA is funded by taxpayers and is therefore obligated to maintain all buses, trains and facilities it operates. This means if you slip and fall due to rainwater not being moped up or sustain an injury from using stairs or equipment left in disrepair, you may be entitled to a negligence settlement.

At Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, we can file a claim on your behalf for monetary damages, such as lost wages, medical and hospital costs. We will also consider future expenses associated with reconstructive surgeries, the loss of your quality of life and earning potential.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in any kind of public transportation accident, please contact us (404) 261-0016 or at 1-(800) 688-2357. Your first consultation is free.