TARTA ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
TARTA ACCIDENTS CAN RESULT IN SEVERE CONSEQUENCES.
Each day, thousands of people use the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) to commute around the city. TARTA buses provide low-cost transportation, which makes it possible to live in the Toledo area without the necessary expense of paying for a car.
However, accidents can happen on TARTA—just like they can on any bus. If you have been injured in a TARTA accident, you might be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Meet with a Toledo personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
COMMON ACCIDENTS ON TARTA BUSES
Though the authority’s buses are generally safe, accidents nevertheless occur with some regularity. For example, you might be injured in the following ways:
- Bus collision
- Rollover accident
- Fire on the bus
- Slip and fall while getting on or off the bus
These accidents leave passengers holed up in the hospital or at home for months, and cause:
- Broken bones
- Cuts or lacerations
- Deep bruises
- Nerve damage
- Joint dislocations
- Brain injuries
- Facial injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
If you have been injured, you should receive immediate medical attention. Prompt attention can help patients recover as quickly as possible and will also help document your injuries. Because some injuries are slow to develop, pay close attention to how you are feeling and go to the doctor or hospital as soon as you feel unwell.
WHY ACCIDENTS OCCUR
SOMETIMES, AN ACCIDENT IS BEYOND ANYONE’S CONTROL.
Public transportation should be as safe as possible, but certain factors regularly contribute to accidents and injuries:
- Overworked bus drivers who are fatigued and make critical errors because they are not thinking clearly
- Inadequate training or supervision of bus drivers leads to simple mistakes that compromise safety
- Drivers working under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which leads to risk-taking and slowed reflexes
- Improperly maintained buses that can break down or be dangerous to ride in
- Buses that are overloaded, which can become unstable
- Old buses that need to be replaced but aren’t, compromising everyone’s safety
Sometimes, an accident is beyond anyone’s control. For example, you might trip while trying to get down the bus steps. In this situation, you might be to blame for not looking where you were going, and you can’t sue anyone for compensation.
In many accidents, however, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority is to blame. And in these cases, you can often hold them legally liable for your injuries.
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WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER A BUS ACCIDENT
To protect your right to compensation, you should remember to take these simple steps after you are injured on the TARTA system:
- Write down what happened. If you slipped and fell, then identify what caused you to slip as best you can. Was a step broken or loose? Was the tread worn out on the step? Did a handlebar give way? Try to be as detailed as possible.
- Take pictures of the accident, if you can. You might be too injured to move. But if you can move around, then take pictures of any vehicles involved in the bus crash or pictures of the hazard that caused you to trip and fall. You can use your smartphone if you have it or ask someone else to take the pictures.
- Identify witnesses. Get their names and contact information. They can provide important testimony about what led to your injuries.
- Get the bus driver’s name, as well as information about what bus you were riding on.
- Receive prompt medical treatment for your injuries and follow your doctor’s advice. If you don’t, then you might be to blame for your injuries.
- Discuss your case with a lawyer. A lawyer can help identify what other information you will need and might be able to find this information for you. A lawyer can also assess whether you can hold TARTA responsible.
It is okay if you cannot get all of this information at the scene of the accident. We always advise our clients to prioritize their health above all else. But try to get as much information as you can.
COMPENSATION YOU CAN RECEIVE
Accident victims can receive money to help make them “whole,” which basically means putting you in the position you would be in had you never been in an accident (or as close to that as possible). For example, many of our clients have received compensation for:
- Medical treatment, including surgery, hospital overnights, doctor visits, prescription drugs, assistive devices, and rehabilitation
- Future medical treatment, if they will need continuing care even after reaching maximum medical improvement
- Lost wages, if they could not work while they recovered from the accident
- Future lost wages, if they cannot return to their old job or to any job at all because their injuries have left them permanently disabled
- Pain and suffering, to compensate for the physical pain of their injuries
- Emotional distress, for emotions like depression, anger, grief, anxiety, and irritability
- Loss of enjoyment of life, if they cannot resume their favorite hobbies, such as playing with their grandchildren or going for walks
A victim’s spouse might also have a claim for “loss of consortium” which compensates them for negative changes to their marriage, such as a loss of companionship or care. Loss of consortium claims typically do not amount to a lot of compensation unless the spouse suffered horrific, life-altering injuries like paralysis or a severe traumatic brain injury.
Because each case is different, you need to meet with an experienced Toledo personal injury lawyer to gain a clearer understanding of what compensation you might receive.
CONTACT OUR TARTA ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS TODAY
When Toledo’s transportation authority is to blame for an accident, you need an experienced attorney to help you bring your claim. At Groth & Associates, we have decades of combined experience doing just that. If you hire us, you are getting an aggressive legal representative who will fight to maximize the amount of your settlement. We also are not afraid to take cases all the way to a jury, if need be.
For more information, you should schedule a free consultation with one of our Toledo personal injury attorneys. Please call or submit an online message. Avoid delay. Ohio law gives injured victims a short amount of time bring legal claims against government agencies, so any delay can only harm you.