A bus accident last week sent three people to Houston area hospitals. The accident occurred when a Metro bus that was stopped was struck on its side by another vehicle. The bus only had minor damage, but passengers were injured.
This bus accident illustrates the fact that often passengers on buses, trains, subways, planes and taxis aren't as safe as they should be. Any business that transports people from one place to another in exchange for money is called a "common carrier." This would include businesses like taxi companies, Delta, Greyhound, and Metro buses.
Common carriers owe a special duty to their passengers. They are required to use the highest degree of diligence and care in taking passengers to their destinations. Common carriers should have the proper skill and equipment to transport passengers, and they are responsible for the actions of their drivers.
However, in many cases involving common carriers, the common carrier is not at fault, which may be the case in this accident. Common carriers do owe passengers a special duty, but they can't guarantee the safety of their passengers. Some accidents are caused by other vehicles on the road, and the common carrier bears no responsibility.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a common carrier, it's important to contact an attorney. In many common carrier cases, it can be difficult to prove which party is responsible. The sooner you can get an attorney involved, the easier your case will be to prove.
If you've been injured in a taxi, bus, airplane, or similar accident, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493 or visit us on Twitter. We will be happy to assist you with your case.