A bus is a mode of transportation that many people choose to use in the Cary area. A bus is a great way to get places while avoiding traffic and saving money. Usually riding on buses is safe, but occasionally an unexpected commercial vehicle accident occurs that causes injuries.
Riding the train is a popular means of transportation for those on the east coast. Most of the time this is a safe way to travel, but, occasionally, an accident occurs that leads to serious injuries.
Most Cary residents have been on a bus, in a taxi or on a plane. These transportation options are all considered "common carriers". But what are common carriers and what duty do they have to their passengers?
A reckless or negligent driver is not the only cause of a fatal commercial vehicle accident. Highway safety features, even as simple as markings, can prevent crash deaths in North Carolina. For example, the National Transportation Safety Board recently determined that one state's failure to provide sufficient traffic guidance and highway markings caused a March 2016 Greyhound bus accident.
Although this blog has discussed the possible devastating losses a bus or other commercial vehicle accident can cause, some residents of Cary, North Carolina, may not think about school bus accidents. This is especially true for those accidents involving unprotected children moving toward or away from the bus.
Last week's post discussed the rules North Carolina truckers must follow on how long they can drive before stopping for an extended break. The idea of these regulations is that fatigued driving is dangerous, so those who driver large vehicles must stop to sleep from time-to-time to avoid commercial truck accidents.
As last week's post reminded our Cary, North Carolina, readers, no one who has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle should assume that the case will go smoothly simply because the driver of the truck or delivery van got a ticket. These sorts of cases can actually be among the trickiest and most frustrating for clients because of the current state of North Carolina's negligence laws.
In addition to large trucks hauling freight, there are all kinds of commercial vehicles traveling on the roads in and around Cary, North Carolina. For instance, commercial vehicles include delivery trucks and vans, which could range from the van of the local florist to the box-shaped trucks of major private carriers like UPS and FedEx.
Although it is often taken for granted when discussing responsibility for commercial vehicle accidents, there is in fact a particular legal doctrine, accepted in North Carolina, which specifically those in North Carolina who are injured by a negligent driver to sue the driver's employer.
According to the most recent statistics available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, of the 411,000 or so truck accidents reported in 2014, about 1 percent resulted in a fatality. Additionally, about 20 percent resulted in an injury significant enough to be reported.