Types of public transportation in the Tampa area
There are many ways that both residents and visitors alike can get around town in the Tampa area. First, the Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority (HART) provides public transportation to approximately 1,000 square miles of area in and around Tampa. Service provided by HART includes buses, streetcars, van services, in-town trolleys, and more.
Tampa also has a unique attraction known as the Tampa Historic Streetcar. The TECO Line Streetcar takes visitors and residents between downtown Tampa, Channelside, and Ybor City. The Streetcar is free to ride all year round.
Throughout the rest of Florida, there are many other public transportation systems, as well as various metro systems that link residents and visitors to the places that need to be.
Common causes of Tampa public transportation accidents
There are many types of vehicles that comprise the public transportation systems in Tampa and throughout Florida. Unfortunately, there are times when accidents occur that involve these vehicles. There are many causes of these accidents, including the fault of public transportation operators, public transit agencies, and other drivers on the roadway.
- The operators of public transit vehicles must be properly certified and trained. Under no circumstances should a public transit driver use their vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs or while distracted by their phones or other devices.
- Public transit agencies must regularly inspect and maintain every vehicle in their fleet. Not doing so could lead to the vehicle failing and getting into an accident. Transit agencies are also responsible for the supervision of their employees to ensure that they are trained and properly carry out their duties.
- Just like any accident in or around the roadway, there are times when other drivers make mistakes and get involved in accidents with others around them.
- Some public transit accidents are caused by poorly designed or maintained public transit stop and boarding areas.
Most common public transportation injuries
Accidents involving public transit vehicles can result in severe injuries for everybody involved. Tampa public transportation accident lawyer Paul Rebein regularly helps clients who have sustained the following injuries in these situations:
- Fractured or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Amputations or crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Other neck and back injuries, including whiplash
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
Who can be held liable in these cases?
Much like other accidents involving vehicles in Tampa, liability can be difficult to determine in these situations. A thorough investigation will need to be conducted by all parties involved in order to determine fault. Liability for an accident involving a public transportation vehicle could fall to:
- The public transportation driver/operator
- The public transportation agency
- Companies responsible for vehicle maintenance
- Company or manufacturer of the public transit vehicle
- Other drivers on the roadway
- Those responsible for the design and maintenance of public transit stops
What kind of compensation is available?
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a public transit accident in Tampa, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. In these cases, victims could be entitled to the following:
- Compensation for all medical bills related to the crash injuries
- Lost income if a victim is unable to work
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Property damage expenses (if applicable)
The total amount of compensation available for these claims will vary depending on the factors related to each particular case. This will include the severity of the victim’s injuries and the victim’s level of pain and suffering, as well as whether a victim is disabled and able to work.
How long do you have to file a claim?
If it is necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the compensation you need after an accident with a public transit vehicle, you need to keep various deadlines in mind. In general, the Florida personal injury statute of limitations is four years from the day the injury occurred.
However, public transportation accidents often involve a governmental or public entity. In these cases, there are different rules and procedures in place than there are for standard injury cases. First, a notice of claim must be provided to the alleged agency responsible within three years from the incident occurring, and no lawsuit may be filed until after an investigation period of 180 days or unless the claim is formally denied by the government entity. If a claim is denied, the victim will have three years from the day the injury occurred to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent government entity.
Tampa public transportation accident attorney Paul Rebein has extensive experience handling these cases and will ensure that all deadlines are met for your case. It is important to start an investigation into the incident as soon as possible to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your case.
Contact us for a free consultation of your case
If you or somebody you love has a sustained injury caused by the careless or negligent actions of a public transportation driver or agency, contact attorney Paul Rebein today. We have the resources and legal experience necessary to get to the bottom of what happened in order to secure full compensation for your injuries and injury-related expenses. Let our Tampa public transportation accident lawyer offer you a free consultation of your case today.