Have you been a victim of an accident involving a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) vehicle? If so, you may be able to receive compensation.
This mass transportation system consists of a network of bus routes, 48 miles of rail tracks, and 38 train stations. While accidents are rare, they do occur occasionally. And unfortunately, due to the massive size of MARTA trains and buses, accidents can cause severe damage and injuries.
Hiring an experienced MARTA accident lawyer can help you obtain the maximum compensation to move forward from your accident. At The Foster Firm, we’re dedicated to providing aggressive representation for clients like you. Contact us today at 404-559-8325 to schedule your free consultation.
Common Causes of MARTA Accidents
MARTA accidents can occur due to a wide range of causes. Sometimes, the MARTA driver or operator is responsible for these bus or train accidents. Other times, another driver is liable for hitting a MARTA vehicle. And occasionally, partial liability is assigned to the MARTA driver and other parties.
A few common causes of MARTA accidents include the following:
- Driving under the influence: While this scenario is rare, MARTA bus accidents can occur when a driver is operating the bus or train under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Distracted driving: Distractions abound on MARTA vehicles. If drivers are not entirely focused on the road, they may cause an accident.
- Driving too fast: MARTA drivers need to stay on schedule throughout their shifts. If they begin to run behind schedule, they may drive faster than is safe to catch up.
- Collisions while turning: MARTA buses are long, and drivers must handle them carefully during turns. Sometimes, accidents occur when MARTA buses collide with other cars while turning.
Is The Government Responsible for MARTA Accidents?
Liability in vehicle accidents can be challenging to identify. In some cases, the government could be liable for a MARTA accident. For example, if the city hired a bus driver without providing the proper training, the city could be indirectly responsible for any accidents the driver causes.
However, other parties can also be responsible for MARTA accidents. For instance, if another car strikes a MARTA bus, that driver would be at least partially responsible. If the bus driver operated the bus under the influence of drugs and alcohol, they would be primarily responsible.
Because MARTA accidents can be so complex, hiring qualified accident lawyers is essential to navigating your case smoothly.
How to Receive Compensation After a MARTA Accident
If you have recently been injured in a MARTA accident, seeking compensation from the negligent party can help you move forward from this traumatic event.
Typically, if you were involved in an accident where you were not at fault, you can claim compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company. The police may have determined fault at the scene of the accident. If not, the insurance companies of the parties involved will attempt to determine who is responsible.
You can submit a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company to cover your:
- Property damage
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages
However, the insurer may try to lowball you and not provide adequate compensation. If this occurs, you can attempt to negotiate with the insurance company. If all else fails, you may need to take the insurer to court.
Having a qualified attorney on your side can improve the outcomes of your claim. At The Foster Firm, we have years of experience representing clients like you through complex vehicle accident cases. We can guide you throughout the insurance claims process and represent you in court, if necessary.
Contact us today at 404-559-8325 to schedule your consultation.