Fighting for Victims of Public Transportation Accidents

The variety of mass transit systems in Florida, offer a convenient, inexpensive mode of transport, but when accidents happen, the results are often devastating. Passengers should be able to trust that the people in charge of operating mass transit vehicles are well-trained and attentive enough to transport them from Point A to Point B safely.

The companies that facilitate mass transit are burdened with a duty to keep their fleet vehicles well-maintained and in top running condition as a means of reducing the risk of potential problems. Even though mass transit accidents are less common than car crashes, truck accidents, or motorcycle accidents, they still occur frequently. When they do, it is often due to the reckless, negligent actions (or inactions) of the operator or the company itself.

Taxicabs, trains, buses, streetcars, and other modes of public transportation are vital to helping people get where they are going throughout Florida. Being a major tourist destination, Florida’s various mass transit systems, whose responsibility is safely transporting passengers to their desired destinations, owe a duty of care to those who utilize their services. When a carrier fails to meet that duty, it is all too easy for an accident to occur. When it does, you need a lawyer.

At Winters & Yonker, our public transportation injury lawyers know all the ins and outs of Florida’s public transportation systems. Let us help you determine the cause of your injury and hold the individual or company who caused it responsible. Call us today at 888-373-7770 and speak with an experienced mass transit injury attorney for free.

Florida Mass Transit System Accidents

A variety of mass transit systems operate throughout the state of Florida and each mode of transport brings with it a unique set of hazards. All Florida residents, whether they have ever been involved in a mass transit accident or not, should be aware of the very real dangers that are present in each.

Buses: Buses account for some of the highest numbers of passengers in any mass transit system. The same is true throughout Florida. Buses are involved in all the same types of crashes as any other vehicle, and yet, many are not equipped with seat belts, leaving passengers largely unprotected when an accident occurs.

Trains: Trains are involved in far fewer mass transit-related accidents than any other vehicle, but when accidents happen, they are typically more severe than average. If a train crashed into an obstruction or is derailed, the resulting injuries suffered by passengers are often catastrophic or even deadly. Train-car collisions and pedestrian accidents involving trains are too often fatal in their outcomes.

Ferries: Transport over water is particularly hazardous. If a ferry experiences an accident, passengers can be thrown overboard. Add to that the risk of drowning and it becomes clear how severe an accident on the water can be.

Trams: These slow-moving vehicles may seem like less of a hazard than average until one considers the lack of safety features. Should a tram manage to derail or collide with some kind of obstruction, occupants can be easily ejected and subjected to serious injury as a result of the crash.

At Winters & Yonker, P.A., we are proud of our reputation as Tampa’s Aggressive Attorneys. We don’t let mass transit companies deny our clients the damages they deserve when they get injured as passengers. Mass transit systems can be apathetic and cruel to victims of serious accidents in their efforts to protect their own interests and reputations. We stand and fight for you. We see to it that your case gets the attention and compensation it deserves. Call us today at 888-373-7770 and speak with one of the seasoned public transportation accident lawyers at Winters & Yonker for free.

HART Accidents – What You Need To Know

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) offers public transportation via bus services, Metro Rapid, and the TECO Line along with various other services. As is often the case with major transportation operations, people make mistakes, when they do, accidents happen. Far too many mass transit accidents involve negligent practices both by HART as well as its employees.

Pursuing compensation after an accident involving a HART vehicle or service can be complicated. As state and local government are heavily involved in the mass transit industry, it can be difficult for injured people to collect the monetary compensation they deserve after a mass transit accident. When an accident does occur, you need to act quickly. Doing so helps ensure the best outcome possible for your case.

Have you been involved in an accident with HART? Has the company or one of its insurers tried to convince you that the company is not liable? Contact us. Our HART accident attorneys will provide you a reasonable assessment of the situation, advise you of your rights, and sow you how to proceed with your claim.

Mass Transit Accidents vs. Other Motor Vehicle Accidents

Mass transit accidents are often very different from the average auto, motorcycle, or truck accident. Train operators, for example, have their own unique set of rules set forth to manage the safest possible operation of their vehicles, including how to manage intersection with roadways where cars, bikes, other vehicles, and pedestrians are at greatest risk. Common carrier operators are also required to go through specialized training and obtain licensure or certifications before operating their vehicles. As an example, bus drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) endorsement as a prerequisite to operating.

Here are a few things we think you should know about the nature of mass transit accidents and why they happen:

  • Mass-transit accidents involve multiple victims more often than any other kind of traffic accident.
  • Mass-transit accidents happen most often while passengers are embarking or discharging.
  • Mass-transit vehicles are held to very strict maintenance and repair standards but some issues go unsolved for days, weeks, or even months at times.
  • A large number of mass-transit accidents are tied to drunk or impaired driving, distracted driving, or driver fatigue.
  • Accidents caused by faulty equipment, poorly-designed railway signals, and inadequate warning signs at boarding sites are common, as are a host of other preventable causes.

Proving Liability

In many mass-transit injury cases, the city, county, or state could all be liable. That places the burden of paying your medical bills, replacing your lost wages, and compensating you for your pain and suffering on the entity or entities responsible, in addition to the operator (when applicable).

Our public transportation injury lawyers are not afraid to stand up to state agencies that fail to properly train or supervise their employees, enforce safety rules, or show negligence in other ways. We will uncover the truth, name all negligent parties, and develop a solid, winning case on your behalf.

Dealing With Your Injury

Many mass transit-related injuries result in broken bones, internal injuries, brain trauma, lacerations, bruises, and abrasions, sprains and strains, neck and spine injuries, paralysis, and worse. Victims require emergency treatment and care to minimize the effect of the injury or even to prevent death.

After an accident, the victim must cope with his or her unique issues, problems, and pain. Some never regain abilities they had prior to the accident. Surgery and other medical care could be needed to help aid the healing process, and rehabilitation and long-term treatment may be required. Even if full recovery is possible, getting there is never easy or inexpensive.

If you have been injured as the result of negligence on the part of a mass transit company or employee, you may have an actionable claim. At Winters & Yonker, our Tampa-based mass-transit accident lawyers understand how cases like yours should be handled. We work with safety agencies at both federal and state levels, along with reconstruction experts, and other investigative professionals to help us prove liability on your behalf.

Expert Legal Help on Your Road to Recovery

Because mass transit systems are typically run by major corporations with the support of local and state governments, those seeking justice for their losses are often met with unfair opposition. Stubborn insurance company representatives seek to limit, minimize, or completely deny the compensation a victim deserves.

Don’t be bullied or intimidated by insurance companies or lawyers working for the interests of government or mass transit. You deserve full compensation for your injury or loss. Call Florida mass transit accident attorneys Winters & Yonker today. Our legal team has a combined many years of experience fighting and winning mass transit accident cases for our clients.

Through our superior resources and skills, we can help you stay on the road to recovery and, if possible, once again enjoy the freedom to do everything you could before. You deserve to be free of the physical, emotional, and financial burdens that you are suffering as a result of someone else’s negligence.

A Word on Wrongful Death

To the families of people who have died in mass-transit accidents due to the fault of another, we would like to first extend our deepest condolences. We would also like you to know that it is within your right to seek justice for your unspeakable loss. You have the right to bring a claim for wrongful death on the behalf of the person you have lost and we want to help you fight for the justice you deserve.

Experienced, Aggressive, Personal Injury Attorneys

If you have been injured in a mass-transit accident, you likely have a number of concerns. You want to know why the accident happened. You wonder who will cover your medical bills and living expenses if you are unable to work. You wonder why nothing was done to prevent the accident in the first place. Most importantly, you want to know how to proceed from here. Winters & Yonker has your answers. It is important to act quickly. Insurance companies act fast to protect themselves and their clients fro the threat of liability, even when they know the client is liable. Their goal is to avoid paying you at all. By working with an experienced Winters & Yonker personal injury attorney, you improve your chances of collecting all the money you need and deserve.

Contact us online or call us at 888-373-7770 right now to schedule a free initial consultation on your mass transit injury case.

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