Common carrier accident
Hundreds of people are injured or lose their lives in tragic common carrier accidents. Have you or your family been a victim of a common carrier accident? Before we evaluate your case, it is important for you to know what is meant by a common carrier.
What do you mean by a common carrier under California laws?
A common carrier is a company which provides transportation services for transporting property or people at a fee. Generally it is any transportation company having a license to transport people, property, and goods across the country or within the state, like public services. Before an organization is deemed as a common carrier, the law requires the below mentioned factors to be considered:
- The company or organization was established with the purpose of providing transportation services for individuals or goods
- The company introduced itself as a transportation company to the public
- The transportation service is provided in return for a fee
Some of the recognized common carriers are:
- Cruise ships
- Elevators and escalators
- Ski lifts
- Movable walkways
- Mule trains (in the Grand Canyon, for instance)
- Amusement park rides (under review by the California Supreme Court)
- Van pools
Common carrier accidents are not a usual happening, but still they can happen to anyone anytime. Common carriers are dealing in transporting hundreds of passengers, and they have a heightened responsibility to:
- Provide special seating arrangements for elderly, disabled and pregnant passengers
- Provide a seat for every passenger travelling, except in case of municipal buses
- Not to overcrowd and overload the vehicle with extra passengers
- Maintain the vehicles and equipment in excellent working condition
- Do not damage or lose the baggage
- Not drive rashly or over speed
- Allow the passengers to alight safely at their destination
- Maintain the timings and follow regular schedules
- Protect passengers from violence or attacks by other co passengers
The law requires these common carriers to use the maximum degree of care and caution to safeguard the passengers. The law also requires the vehicles to be safe and fit for transport. Common carriers have a higher duty towards the law and people, as compared to the normal motorists, who are required to take “reasonable care.”
If the common carrier company, fails to follow the safety guidelines and not carry out their responsibilities as mentioned above, there are chances that they can get involved in a common carrier accident. Any individual who is involved in a common carrier accident and is hurt, has the right to file for a compensation and recover damages for injuries. We at Khashan Law have represented many clients in cases against companies running buses, trains and airplanes. The owners of these service providers are liable in case of an accident, and they must be held liable for the fatalities or injuries suffered. Contact us at (951) 461-2387, today for a free, confidential consultation.
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