Buses operated by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) are a common sight in the Atlanta area, and carry thousands of people from place to place each day. While these vehicles are usually safe and operated without incident, sometimes people are injured by negligent or careless MARTA bus drivers. Because MARTA is a state agency, there are different rules that apply when an injured victim wishes to sue to recover damages. As a result, it is advisable for anyone who has been injured by a MARTA bus to retain the services of an experienced Newnan personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.
MARTA bus drivers are required to operate their vehicles in such a way as to avoid injury to bus passengers and others using the roadways. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and each year pedestrians, passengers, driver, bicyclists, and others are injured by the negligent acts of MARTA bus drivers. Some of the more common causes of these accidents include the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Improper bus maintenance
- Tire blowouts
- Distracted driving
- Poor weather conditions
- Negligent hiring of drivers or other staff
- Defectively manufactured vehicles or vehicle equipment
These are just a few of the ways MARTA bus could cause an accident. Because of the highly technical legal issues that arise in cases involving a government agency, it is important to consult with an attorney who understands how to hold the state liable for its actions. It is important for victims to be aware that these types of claims are extremely time sensitive, meaning that any delay could jeopardize your ability to recover. Finally, any injured in a MARTA bus accident should be certain to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Contact a Newnan personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a MARTA bus accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.