You might be entitled to compensation if you have recently been injured in an accident involving a MARTA bus, train, or van in Atlanta, GA. Contact Hasner Law to discuss your case and learn about your legal rights. Our Atlanta MARTA accident lawyers will help you fight to secure the money you deserve.
Give us a call today to arrange a free initial case assessment with our qualified legal team. We’re always standing by to take your call, 24/7/365.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After a MARTA Accident?
Public transportation can make getting to, in, and around Atlanta easy. MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) buses can take you almost anywhere you need to go – they travel routes totaling 1,439 miles along 101 different roads. The systems trains and vans provide even more options. However, MARTA isn’t always safe. Accidents happen. When they do, passengers, occupants of other vehicles, and pedestrians on the street can sustain severe injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a MARTA accident in Atlanta, you may have the right to recover compensation. However, accidents involving a MARTA vehicle are different. Since MARTA is a government system, things can get complicated. Fortunately, you don’t have to try to figure things out on your own. You can hire an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with experience handling MARTA train accident and MARTA bus accident lawsuits to handle your case for you. And you should, because:
- Injury claims involving the government are often accelerated, which will mean you have a very short window of time to demand compensation
- You might not realize that multiple parties contributed to and are responsible for your MARTA accident
- Insurance companies will make it incredibly difficult for you to secure a financial award, especially if you don’t enlist the help of a lawyer, and
- You could be blamed for your MARTA accident injuries, which could hurt your ability to get the money you need.
At Hasner Law, our attorneys have more than 80 years of combined experience helping MARTA accident victims like you. We’ve gone head-to-head with the MARTA agency, Atlanta city government, and insurance companies – and won substantial sums for our clients. When you get hurt, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way. Just give us a call today to arrange a free consultation and learn more.
MARTA Accidents Can Cause Severe, Debilitating Injuries
Whether you’re a MARTA passenger or another traveler on the street, a car accident involving a MARTA vehicle can be quite traumatic. Your MARTA accident injuries can affect your life for years to come. You deserve to be compensated for your suffering if someone else is to blame.
Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys will do everything we can to make that happen. We’ll help you fight to make negligent parties pay you for all of your injuries, including:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Soft tissue damage
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Chest injuries
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death, and more.
No case is too big or too small. Give our Atlanta law firm a call today to set up a time to discuss your case in detail. Our team will gladly listen to your story, explain your options for recovery, and answer any questions that you have.
Causes of MARTA Accidents in Atlanta
Every day, thousands of people utilize MARTA transportation services to get around Atlanta. In doing so, they trust the van and bus drivers, train operators, and transit company to get them from one point to another safely. However, sometimes accidents happen. When they do, it’s usually due to negligence. Common causes of MARTA transit accidents include:
- Failure to inspect and maintain buses, trains, and vans
- Negligent maintenance of MARTA property, including elevators, escalators, and stairs
- Inexperienced or untrained MARTA drivers
- Distracted driving
- Operating a MARTA vehicle while fatigued or impaired
- Failing to provide passengers with a safe place to board and depart vehicles
- MARTA operators speeding
- MARTA operators engaging in aggressive driving habits, such as making sharp or illegal turns
- MARTA operators failing to wait for all passengers to be seated before moving, and
- Negligent security measures at MARTA bus stops and train stations.
These things are all avoidable. That means that, in many cases, MARTA accidents that occur as a result are avoidable, too. If you’ve been injured because of MARTA’s negligence, Hasner Law will help you hold them accountable.
MARTA is a Common Carrier
MARTA is what’s known as a common carrier because the service transports people from one place to another in exchange for a fee. As a common carrier, MARTA, its drivers, and its operators are held to heightened standards. MARTA drivers must exercise “extraordinary diligence to protect the lives and persons of his passengers.”
In other words, MARTA has to be extra careful and go above and beyond to keep passengers safe. If an accident happens because MARTA or its drivers failed to exercise extra caution, it can be liable for resulting injuries.
We’ll Seek Compensation From Anyone Who Contributed to Your MARTA Accident
Marta buses and vans aren’t driven in isolation. They’re right alongside other vehicles on the road. Accidents aren’t always entirely, or even remotely, a MARTA driver’s fault. Accidents are messy, and there are a lot of different factors that can contribute to one. In Georgia, anyone who plays a role in an accident can be held financially responsible for damages.
That’s why our Atlanta MARTA accident lawyers will thoroughly evaluate the circumstances surrounding your case. We’ll dig deep to figure out exactly why the accident happened and, in turn, who is to blame. Then we can seek money from all liable parties, which might include:
- Drivers of passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or trucks
- Other bus drivers
- Bicycles or pedestrians
- Government entities
- Bus or vehicle manufacturers
- Property owners, and
- Employers of negligent third parties.
When we hold all negligent parties accountable, we can help to ensure that we secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
You Might Have a Very Limited Window to File a MARTA Accident Claim
After most accidents in Atlanta, victims have up to two years to file a personal injury claim for damages. MARTA cases are different. Since MARTA is a government agency, your case will take a bit of a different path. Most notably, you’ll have to file a special claim with the city of Atlanta within 6 months of the date of your MARTA accident. You will lose the right to recover compensation if you don’t file your claim within this short period of time.
If the government denies your claim, you can then proceed to file a traditional lawsuit against MARTA in civil court.
Note that you will still have two years to assert a claim against other negligent parties who contributed to your MARTA accident in Atlanta, GA.
Damages Available to MARTA Accident Victims in Atlanta
The costs of your MARTA accident can become overwhelming. For severe or catastrophic injuries, you might find that it costs you hundreds of thousands of dollars – or more – over the course of your life. MARTA and anyone else responsible for your suffering must be held fully accountable. Hasner Law will work tirelessly to make sure that you’re fully compensated for your injuries.
Our Atlanta MARTA accident lawyers will pursue all damages on your behalf, including money for economic and non-economic losses. This might include money for:
- Hospitalization, surgery, medical devices, and other medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, including PTSD and depression
- Lost wages
- Temporary and/or permanent disability
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium, and more.
MARTA and its insurance company will do everything possible to downplay your injuries and limit your payout. When you have Hasner Law on your side, we’ll fight them every step of the way. How? We’ll make sure that our demands for compensation are backed by solid evidence and expert testimony. Our team will put in the time and effort and utilize the resources that are necessary to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Atlanta MARTA Accident Lawyers
Have you or a loved one been injured in a MARTA accident in Atlanta? Contact the experienced legal team at Hasner Law for immediate legal assistance. You could be entitled to a substantial monetary award, and our attorneys will help you fight to get every dollar you deserve. The timeline in MARTA accident cases is accelerated, so don’t hesitate to call our Atlanta law firm to get started on yours today.