If I'm hit and injured by a train, bus, airplane, or other common carrier vehicle what can I recover for my injuries? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

The general policy is that a common carrier vehicle like a bus, train, airplane, etc. is liable for injuries or damages caused by the negligent and/or reckless operation of its vehicles. If the common carrier vehicle is government-owned transit, the government may be liable for injuries or damages resulting from the use of the transportation system.

There are some exceptions to lawsuits that can be filed against government-owned transit. In addition, every state and local municipality has specific rules and procedures for bringing a lawsuit against them.

Numerous states and local governments require a unique notice be provided to the state or municipality before a lawsuit may be filed. This is why it’s important to consult an experienced injury attorney so you can be aware of the “statute of limitations” (i.e. the time limit to file a claim) or deadlines that could effect your case.

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