Austin Public Transportation Accident Lawyer
It can be difficult to determine fault for accidents involving buses, taxis, trains, and rideshare drivers. Find out who owes you a settlement by working with an Austin public transportation accident lawyer.
Accidents involving public transit are common across Texas, resulting in serious and life-threatening injuries. After suffering injuries in a crash while riding on public transportation, you most likely have important questions about filing a personal injury claim to receive compensation for your damages and losses.
An Austin public transportation accident lawyer from Colley & Colley will be committed to holding operators and owners responsible for your injuries. Whether you were a passenger, bystander, or pedestrian, we can help you collect damages to pay for your recovery.
Fault and Public Transit Crashes
Claims regarding public transportation can be tricky to negotiate because more than one party may be responsible for the accident. To protect your rights and receive the compensation you deserve, an Austin public transportation accident lawyer will need to investigate what happened in order to determine which parties are responsible:
- Driver of the bus, taxi, or train
- Owner of the vehicle
- Owner of the transportation company
- Maintenance company
- Maker of the vehicle
- Other drivers
- Manufacturer of the vehicle parts
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, there may be more than one party who is to blame for the crash. For example, if an Uber or Lyft driver crashes because the driver was under the influence of alcohol, then the driver is negligent and can be held accountable. However, if the driver had a passenger at the time, he or she would be considered “on the clock” and the rideshare company should be financially liable.
In another example, if a bus driver does not have a commercial drivers license, is not certified, or has previous traffic violations, then the driver might be responsible, but the employer could also be at fault for negligent hiring.
Valuing a Public Transportation Injury
Understanding what your claim is worth is an important aspect of personal injury cases. Many operators and public transportation insurers will want to resolve cases quickly and offer injured passengers a low settlement amount in an attempt to avoid paying the full value of a claim.
There are many things to consider when determining value: How serious are your injuries? Are you unable to work? Do you have a disability as a result of the accident? Answers to these questions are just a few of the issues that need to be tackled when determining how much compensation will cover your losses.
Along with out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries, your settlement should take into consideration the following factors:
- Lost wages and future income
- All medical expenses, including future medical costs
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy, current and future
- Medical equipment and auto and home modifications made to accommodate a disability
- Emotional trauma and loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
An experienced Austin public transportation accident lawyer will aggressively negotiate with the insurance company to get you the highest possible settlement available.
Consult an Austin Public Transit Accident Lawyer
At Colley & Colley, our goal is to help you seek justice and recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You deserve to settle for the real value of your injury, not the small amount the insurers will offer you.
To learn more, call us at 1-877-411-2001 or fill out the form below to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.