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Californians Kick Off 2016 with Mass Transit Accident and Personal Injury

Posted on in Personal Injury

Sadly, 2016 kicked off with a mass transit accident in San Jose that resulted in personal injury and death to a number of individuals. It took place mid month along one of the state's busiest freeways and was covered by many media outlets, including ABC News. The cause of the bus accident is currently under investigation and it's not known yet if any of the surviving victims or families of the deceased will choose to sue.

When personal injuries or death occurs as a result of mass transit accidents, a line of questioning is opened. One of the first ones asked is “Was the service provided by common carriers and if so, did they meet their duty of care?” In the bus incident we mentioned, it is clear that the company was a common carrier. So, one of the top questions that remain is whether or not they met their duties.

That's what the ensuring investigation will hopefully reveal. The duty of care required by common carriers is spelled out in California's Civil Code, specifically Section 2100 through 2104. Personal injury attorneys are well familiar with it as are mass transit accident investigators. If it is determined that the bus company or its agents breached their assigned duty of care, victims and survivors of the deceased will have legal cause to seek damages.

The amount of damages awarded in mass transit related, personal injury cases varies. However, it may be possible for those affected to recover associated medical costs and more. Personal injury attorneys accustomed to handling mass transit accident cases will generally go over the victims' medical bills and health history first. They'll look at the health history for information about the victims' nature and extent of injuries as well as their estimated recovery time. They may also consider other matters, including the potential for lost wages, lost of consortium, suffering and pain.

To learn more about dealing with the aftermath of mass transit accidents that result in personal injury, please contact Jachimowicz Law Group today.

 

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