Helping Victims of MARTA Bus Accidents Recover the Compensation They Need and Deserve
Traffic in Atlanta can be intense. For this reason, many people opt to use public transportation. MARTA, which stands for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, is an extremely cost-effective and efficient means of transportation in and around the greater Atlanta area. MARTA was formed in 1971, and at first, only provided bus transportation. However, since then, the system has extended and currently consists of a tightly woven network of bus routes which link to rapid rail transit. The rail transit is made up of nearly 48 miles of railroad track, along with 38 train stations.
MARTA bus accidents can result from negligent bus drivers or other negligent motor vehicle drivers on the road. However, no matter who is ultimately deemed at fault, bus accidents can result in serious—and sometimes catastrophic—injuries. If you have been injured as a passenger on a MARTA bus, you should call the MARTA bus accident lawyers at Brauns Law. Our experienced team of attorneys can investigate your case and may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Causes of MARTA Bus Accidents
Some of the most common causes of MARTA bus accidents include:
- Distracted driving – When a bus driver operates a bus in a distracted manner, this creates the perfect storm for an accident. Distractions may include the use of electronic devices, such as cell phones or GPS devices, while driving, as well as loud or disruptive bus patrons.
- DUI – Alcohol and drugs are depressants which slow down a driver’s central nervous system and reaction time. They also significantly impair a driver’s vision. When a bus driver operates a bus while intoxicated or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the risk of an accident increases significantly. Driving while under the influence may also cause a bus driver to swerve, change lanes abruptly, strike a tree or other object, or collide with another motor vehicle. All of these accidents can result in severe and potentially catastrophic injuries and damages to bus patrons.
- Speeding – Speeding may involve exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for the current weather conditions. Buses are large vehicles, and when they move fast on wet surfaces, they have the potential to hydroplane. This can cause the bus driver to quickly lose control of the bus.
- Cutting curves too sharply – Due to their large size, buses can sometimes have difficulty navigating sharp turns. When this happens, the bus may collide with another vehicle or vehicles on the roadway or at a traffic intersection.
Sustaining Injuries in Bus Accident Cases
Most buses, unfortunately, are not equipped with seatbelts. Consequently, when an accident occurs, bus patrons are often thrust forward and backward in their seats, likely sustaining whiplash-type injuries. Patrons can also slam their heads into the seat in front of them—or on the back of their own headrests—resulting in serious head injuries. Finally, the collision may cause bus patrons to jam their knees or elbows into the row of seats in front of them, resulting in a soft tissue knee or elbow contusion, and in some cases, a more serious injury.
Proving Negligence in a MARTA Bus Accident Case
To demonstrate that a negligent MARTA bus driver caused the accident, you must be able to show that the driver violated the standard of care (i.e. by failing to drive reasonably, prudently, and carefully under the circumstances—or by driving while intoxicated). You must also be able to show that this violation of care resulted in the accident as well as your personal injuries and damages. If you are claiming permanent injuries and damages, a medical doctor or another specialist must be able to demonstrate that you will suffer from your injuries for the remainder of your life. A MARTA bus accident lawyer can help you retain the necessary experts to prove liability and damages in your case.
Permanency aside, MARTA bus accident victims may be able to recover monetary compensation for all related medical bills and treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, related mental incapacity, loss of family or spousal support, and loss of enjoyment of life. A MARTA bus accident lawyer can be your advocate every step of the way and will work toward maximizing the damages in your case.
Potential Liability of Governmental Entities or Third Parties
In the case of MARTA buses, MARTA, the City of Atlanta, or some other governmental entity may be held indirectly responsible for bus accidents when they employ inexperienced drivers or drivers who have a history of causing accidents or engaging in reckless driving. Under those circumstances, the governmental entity could be liable for negligently hiring, supervising, or retaining a bus driver employee.
When bus accidents happen because of another motor vehicle driver’s negligence, the driver or owner of that other vehicle may be held responsible for the injuries and damages sustained in the accident. A MARTA bus accident lawyer can ensure that all legally responsible parties are brought into your personal injury case—and in a timely manner.
Call a MARTA Bus Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation
Bus accidents are common when bus drivers—and other roadway drivers—are negligent. In either case, innocent bus patrons can sustain serious injuries and damages. No matter who is at fault, if you have been involved in a serious bus accident, you need an experienced team of attorneys on your side who can advocate for all of your legal interests.
The bus accident lawyers at Brauns Law can examine the circumstances of your case and ensure that every potentially responsible party is brought into it. Our attorneys can also fight for your right to recover monetary compensation in your case and can assist you with paying all related medical bills, as well as recovering compensation for missed time from work and pain and suffering experienced as a result of the accident.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a MARTA bus accident lawyer, please call us at (404) 418-8244 or contact us online.