Millions of people in the state of Delaware use the SEPTA and DART transportation systems. Fortunately, mass transportation in Delaware is generally reliable, efficient, and safely gets commuters from place to place daily. However, in some rare cases, either bus drivers or train operators will behave negligently and cause an accident. Rather unsurprisingly, these accidents very often lead to serious injuries.
If you are someone who has been injured in a mass transit accident, you are most likely now looking into recovering financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and any other damages you may have incurred. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What causes bus accidents?
Bus accidents can be caused by many factors, however, the most common is bus driver negligence. Passengers injured in bus accidents are usually caught off-guard and therefore have little time to react. Here are some of the most common examples of negligent driving behavior:
- Texting and driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Suddenly stopping or starting
- Discharging passengers unsafely
What can cause a train accident?
Trains are a high-powered, dependable means of transportation. Though most people go their whole lives without ever getting into a train accident, unfortunately, they do happen. Some of the most common causes of train accidents are as follows:
- Failing to secure or release hand brakes
- Railroad employees operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to comply with orders
- Tracks in disrepair
- Broken welds
- Giving crew members improper instructions
- Improperly aligning railroad switches
- Cracks around bolt holes
- Broken switches
- Worn down rails
- Improperly braking
Do I qualify for financial compensation?
To recover financial compensation after a mass transit accident, your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Your attorney will, therefore, work to recover security camera footage of your accident, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident, witness statements verifying your claim, police reports, medical documents detailing the extent of your injuries, and more.
Contact our experienced Delaware firm
If you or someone you know was involved in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. today.
MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.