In a recent Florida case, a man was killed when the 11-foot tall bus he was riding at Miami International Airport struck an 8-foot-6-inch overpass. The victim’s family is suing the bus driver and the owner/operator of the bus, citing negligence on the part of both the driver and the company. Read more about the case in an article published in the Sacramento Bee.
Herndon area Airport Accident Attorney Doug Landau says this is a clear example of a common carrier case. A common carrier is an individual or business that advertises to the public that it is available for hire to transport people or property in exchange for a fee. As Doug explained in an earlier post , this is important because common carriers are held to a higher standard when it comes to protecting the public.
“In a case like this, both the driver and the bus company had a responsibility to keep the passengers safe,” says Doug. “The driver was obligated to be alert and in control of his vehicle, and the bus company had a duty to ensure that its employees were qualified and properly trained to drive a bus.”
If you or someone you know has been in an accident involving negligence of a common carrier like a bus, train, ferry, subway, or shuttle service and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555). There are strict time limits to bringing these kinds of cases, so do not delay!