Taxi cabs, buses, trains, and even airplanes are often used by people when traveling short or long distances. Operators and owners of these public transportation vehicles are required to take care of their passengers in order to avoid facing a lawsuit.

A public transportation provider may be held liable in an accident if it was proven that the pilot or driver was negligent.

Here are some examples of public transportation accidents in Los Angeles:

Plane Accidents

Today, riding airplanes is considered as the fastest way to travel. According to reports released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air travel statistics will likely double in the next two decades.

However, the boost in air traffic means a higher number of fatalities in the event of an accident. Planes are known as a safe tool of transportation, but they also cause multiple injuries and deaths when it crashes.

Here are some causes of plane and other aviation accidents:

  • Faulty equipment
  • Failure to follow FAA's regulations
  • Pilot error
  • Design or structural problems
  • Passenger or flight attendant's negligence
  • Bad weather

When a plane accident happens, it will be investigated by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

FAA sets different standards that cover flight operations, aircraft manufacturers, and pilot conduct. Meanwhile, NTSB is in charge of investigating all civil aircraft accidents. It also suggests different safety standards in order to avoid future accidents.

Bus Accidents

In July 2010, at least six people died while 34 others were injured when the Greyhound bus they were riding in collided with an overturned Chevrolet Trailblazer along Highway 99, near the farming town of Fresno.

According to reports, the bus came from Los Angeles and it was headed towards Sacramento when the crash occurred at about 2: 15 a.m.

This fatal accident shows how a bus accident can suddenly cause injuries or end the lives of many people.

Buses can accommodate many passengers, unlike smaller vehicles, meaning more injuries or fatalities will likely follow when an accident happens.

Here are the different types of buses, which may be involved in an accident

  • Tour bus
  • Shuttle bus
  • School bus

Meanwhile, here are some causes of bus accidents:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to stop at a red light
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Bad weather
  • Tire or break defect
  • Untrained or unqualified bus drivers
  • Driver distraction due to cell phone use
  • Driver fatigue caused by lack of sleep or rest
  • Passenger negligence

This article is not meant to be interpreted as a legal advice. To know the available legal options regarding your case, consult a Personal Injury Lawyer for more information.