Belsky Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC A Personal Injury & Workers’ Compensation Law Firm

Why do I need an attorney for my bus-related injury?

One of the potential problems for Metrobus riders is the lack of seatbelts. Lurching starts or sudden stops can cause an injury. You might get hurt in other ways, too, such as walking down the aisle when the bus is in motion or injuring your ankle when stepping off because the bus is not close enough to the curb.

Baltimore's mass transit system covers the city. You might suffer injury as a light rail commuter, as pedestrian hit by a bus, or as a motorist struck by a train. Whether your injuries are minor or major, an injury claim against the transit authority can be complex. You should enlist a personal injury attorney to handle your case.

Mass transit injury claims take knowledge and skill

You may think that you could simply file your own claim with the bus company, the MTA (Maryland Transit Authority) or WMATA (Washington Metro Transit Authority) for the injury you suffered. But several different parties might be liable and the average person might not know who to sue or how to file such a claim.  

The transit provider might dispute your claim or offer reduced compensation. Mass transit entities are usually either government-owned entities or operated through a government contract, and the insurance they carry is unique and comprehensive because they deal with thousands of customers daily. An attorney experienced with personal injury cases will be very familiar with the kind of negotiations required to ensure that you obtain the compensation which you deserve.

Establishing fault

Although buses and trains are among the safest types of transportation, accidents do happen. Your personal injury attorney will identify who was at fault when you were hurt. It might be the bus driver, the bus company if, a third party or a combination thereof. Keep in mind that when you are dealing with large, complex mass transit companies about an injury you sustained, there is a statute of limitations.

You may need help from a lawyer who will go to work promptly, cut through the government red tape and negotiate with the appropriate parties to secure a fair settlement on your behalf. There is a short statute of limitations when suing a government entity, and evidence of a safety hazard is soon fixed or covered up. For these reasons, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible after bus or train accident.

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