Buses and trains are all over the Phoenix metropolitan area, so if you live in Arizona, there is a very good chance you have ridden a train or bus fairly recently. Trains and buses are generally seen as a safe, efficient, and cost-effective means to get from place to place. However, this is not always the case, and unfortunately, mass transit accidents do occur. Generally, they happen with little warning, leaving passengers seriously injured. Most injured passengers seek financial compensation following an accident to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the most frequent causes of bus accidents?
Bus accidents can be caused by any number of factors, such as inclement weather conditions, poor road conditions or negligent road design, and in some cases, may even be caused by faulty or defective bus parts. However, the most common cause of bus accidents is, rather unsurprisingly, driver negligence. Some examples of bus driver negligence are as follows:
- Discharging passengers on unsafe or poorly maintained roadways
- Sudden stops and starts
- Failure to recognize the bus’ significant blind spots
- A bus driver operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting while driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs
- Disregarding other rules and regulations of the road
What are the most common causes of train accidents?
The most common cause of train accidents is also driver negligence, however, those who manufacture and upkeep the railroad and train itself may also be held responsible for an accident under some circumstances. Some examples of train conductor negligence are as follows:
- Failing to secure or release hand brakes
- Improperly aligning railroad switches
- Failing to comply with orders
- Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Railroad employees falling asleep
- Crew members receiving improper instructions
- Excessively speeding
- Improperly applying brakes
What is the statute of limitations for metro accidents in Arizona?
The statute of limitations in Arizona is two years, meaning you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. However, to file a lawsuit against a municipality, you must file a Notice of Claim within 180 days of their accident. Do not wait. Hire an experienced attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you need.
Contact our experienced Arizona firm
The legal team at Weintraub & Weintraub has years of experience representing clients who have been injured in accidents due to the negligence of others as well as those who are facing charges of driving under the influence. Those injured due to another party’s negligence should never have to suffer alone. If you need strong legal representation, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.