Recovering Compensation Following a Mass Transit Accident in Delaware

Most people in Delaware have used some form of mass transit at least once in their lives. Whether it be a bus to get to the next town or a train to commute to work, mass transit is everywhere, and thousands of people use it every day. Trains and buses are generally thought of as a safe and eco-friendly means of transportation. However, they are not entirely reliable. If you have been injured in a train or bus accident, your injuries are most likely severe. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of train accidents?

The most common factor of all motor vehicle accidents is, unsurprisingly, human negligence. Here are some examples of negligent train employer or employee negligence:

  • Railroad employees under the influence of  drugs or alcohol
  • Railroad employees who fail to comply with orders
  • Railroad employees receiving improper instructions
  • Excessively speeding
  • Reckless pedestrians or conductors
  • Using brakes improperly
  • Failing to secure or release hand brakes
  • Improper alignment of railroad switches

Additionally, you may find yourself in a situation where you are injured due to negligent train maintenance, as opposed to a negligent train operator. Here are some examples of negligent train upkeep:

  • Cracks around bolt holes
  • Rusted or otherwise weakened tracks
  • Broken welds
  • Broken or dysfunctional switches

What are some of the most common causes of bus accidents in Delaware?

While bus accidents are not as common as car accidents, they still occur every day. Here are some of the most common causes and types of bus accidents:

  • Sudden stops and starts
  • Bus fires
  • Large blind spots
  • Discharging passengers on unsafe or poorly maintained roadways
  • Poor weather conditions, such as black ice or heavy rain
  • Negligent road design
  • A lack of seatbelts or fire extinguishers
  • A bus driver who is texting or driving while distracted
  • Driving while drowsy or fatigued
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

How do I recover compensation following a mass transit accident?

In order to recover compensation, you must first prove another party’s negligence led to the injuries you have sustained. It is crucial you retain an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury process to fight for your rights. This compensation may be used to cover the cost of your in-home care, lost wages, medical bills, and more. 

Contact our 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.