Public transit injury attorneys in South Dakota
If you ride some sort of public transportation on a daily basis, you’re in good company. According to the American Public Transportation Association, more than 30 million Americans take some type of public transit — buses, planes, trolleys, ferries — each day. So, it’s inevitable that some of those riders will experience some type of injury due to accidents or negligence.
“Common carrier” is the term used to refer to any individual or business that has a license to transport passengers for a fee. Common carriers are strictly regulated by both state and federal laws and are obligated to provide the highest degree of care to their passengers which translates into making safety the highest of priorities. They are liable for personal injuries resulting from their negligent actions.
The most common causes of personal injuries sustained on public transportation involve:
- collisions with other vehicles or objects
- criminal activity of a passenger(s)
- slips, trips, and falls
If you’ve experienced what is referred to as a “hard injury”, you really need to engage the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case. Hard injuries refer to serious traumas such as fractures and broken bones, head injuries, concussions, and burns.
Getting the legal advice you deserve
When it comes to a public transit accident, there are key differences in claim procedures and statutes of limitations versus other types of personal injury claims. Special state and/or local municipality laws apply to claims brought against public transit companies. In addition, the deadlines for filing a lawsuit are considerably shorter, sometimes less than six months from the time of the accident.
This is why it is important to get legal advice from an attorney specializing in personal injury cases. The trusted law firm of Rapid City Attorneys is recognized for fighting the most complex of cases on behalf of injured parties and their families. Our firm’s attorneys, Gregory Yates and Michael Shubeck, have over four decades of experience in litigating personal injury cases and have won large settlements for clients who have sustained injuries in different types of personal injury accidents.
The staff at our Rapid City law office will work tirelessly to make sure that you get a fair and equitable settlement. The first visit to our office involves a free consultation. At this time, Mr. Yates or Mr. Shubeck will discuss the accident and then will work with you to decide how to proceed with your case, including any fees that will be involved.
Speaking to an attorney
If you’ve been injured on public transport and are considering taking legal action, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Due to the special circumstances involved in the shortened statute of limitations for filing your lawsuit as well as the special laws governing these types of cases, you need an attorney that can bring years of experience to the table.
Contact our South Dakota personal injury law firm to schedule your free consultation with Greg Yates or Michael Shubeck.