MARTA Vehicles Should Not Pose a Public Safety Hazard

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, is supposed to provide an affordable, accessible, and eco-friendly way to get around Atlanta quickly. In some ways, it succeeds in this goal. However, it still has a long way to go in terms of keeping travelers and bystanders safe, and Atlanta residents and visitors shouldn’t have to wait any longer.

Regardless of the nobility of MARTA’s purpose, this transportation system has the same duty as any person or organization that operates vehicles in public spaces. MARTA must maintain its vehicles in safe working order and ensure that its drivers follow the rules of the road and safety best practices.

Failure to do so leads to preventable deaths and injuries, and MARTA is liable for those consequences.

A MARTA Bus Recently Struck and Hospitalized Another Pedestrian

The phenomenon of MARTA buses hitting pedestrians is nothing new. Reports of recent accidents are not a revelation of a formerly unrecognized problem. Rather, they’re a frequent reminder that the problem still exists, and MARTA has yet to address it adequately.

Of course, each incident also represents a life and a family changed forever, and a costly, difficult rebuilding process for the survivors.

Most recently, on a Monday morning in late November, a MARTA bus struck a man outside the North Avenue station in Midtown. The accident is still being investigated and fault has not officially been determined. For now, officials report that the bus was turning into the station, when the man “walked into [its] path.”

In spite of the vague implication of an error on the pedestrian’s part, this description suggests that he was probably on the sidewalk/driveway at the time of the accident, where pedestrians do have right of way. It’s possible he wasn’t expecting the bus to turn without waiting for him.

The man was injured in the collision, severely enough to require hospital care, and further information on his condition has not been released. If the bus driver was indeed at fault, MARTA is liable for this man’s pain and expenses.

Victims of MARTA Accidents Can Often Collect Significant Compensation

Obviously, trained government employees killing and injuring people in preventable accidents is something that shouldn’t be happening at all. The good news for victims and their families, however, is that MARTA accident compensation is attainable, more so than compensation for many comparable tragedies.

This is because MARTA has the capacity to pay for worthwhile settlements, and because accidents involving commercial or government vehicles usually leave behind plenty of evidence of what happened.

For example, when an entity like MARTA causes an accident, evidence might include:

  • Witness statements, traffic camera footage, or police/insurance reports indicating a mistake on the MARTA driver’s part
  • Maintenance records showing relevant safety oversights, such as neglected brakes
  • Driver records indicating a history of unsafe driving or inadequate qualifications
  • Internal communication encouraging drivers to work while impaired or to prioritize speed over safety

When considering a lawsuit against MARTA, it’s important to get started as soon as possible, so that your attorney can make sure any evidence of MARTA’s negligence is correctly preserved.

If you are the survivor of the North Avenue accident, or if you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one to any MARTA accident, reach out to The Stoddard Firm to learn about how we can help.

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