The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) runs Atlanta’s multi-modal transit services. This includes the city’s subway and bus system. MARTA works to help Atlanta’s population get where they’re going on time. But like any mass transit system, preventable accidents can and do happen. In addition, individuals can be attacked or assaulted on MARTA property, and in some cases MARTA will be liable for any harm sustained by patrons.
In May of 2015, a train crashed into a MARTA bus that was stuck on the tracks. Five people were injured in the accident, and this is only one example of the types of accidents that can occur on MARTA property. More recently, in October 2017, two people waiting for a bus were struck and killed by a motorcycle. Mass transit systems like MARTA must be held accountable for the safety conditions in their railways and buses. If they are not held responsible, accidents like these will become more common.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a MARTA bus, train, or other vehicle, seek medical help as soon as possible. Once that has been taken care of, it might be time to think about your legal options. Contact The Stoddard Firm for a free consultation. We have years of experience with this type of case and will be able to tell you whether you have a good chance of winning.
More injuries related to MARTA take place at their bus stops and train stations rather than on trains or in traffic accidents. Victims can be attacked on MARTA property or suffer injury in a number of different ways. These types of cases are known as “premises liability” cases.
Premises liability cases occur when an individual is injured on someone else’s property. It is a negligence case in which the individual who was injured had a right to expect that the property owner would provide a degree of care that turned out not to be present.
Specifically, MARTA has a duty to maintain the condition of its facilities and ensure that they are kept reasonably safe. Further, they have a duty to keep the area secure so that individuals will not have to worry about being attacked or physically assaulted on MARTA’s property.
What is MARTA liable for?
MARTA may be liable for physical attacks that take place on their property. This includes things like shootings and sexual assault. MARTA has a duty of care to maintain the security of its bus stops, train stations, etc. If it can be shone that MARTA failed in this duty and allowed a violent situation like this to develop, they may be found negligent.
In addition, MARTA may be liable for any injuries that take place on conveyances like escalators on their property. A poorly maintained escalator can cause serious injury or even death. MARTA has a duty to ensure that its escalators and other conveyances are kept in a reasonable state of care and safety. If these escalators were the cause of an individual’s injury, MARTA may be found negligent and liable for the injuries.
Broadly speaking, MARTA is responsible for making sure that its customers and employees are reasonably safe on MARTA property.
Traffic accidents involving MARTA automobiles may be less frequent than the other types of incidents, but these events are certainly more visible. When bus accidents and other types of accidents occur, passengers and any other individuals injured by MARTA personnel may sue the transit authority for negligence.
Even one MARTA-related accident is too many. There is no reason anyone should have to suffer the devastating effects of a serious accident. But taking legal action in the aftermath of an accident can be the only way to move forward for some people. For others, it’s a way of ensuring that MARTA is kept accountable for maintaining good safety conditions and ensuring a higher quality of drivers. Legal action may be good not only for you, but for the whole community as well.
What To Do If You’ve Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured through someone else’s neglect or negligence, you should first seek medical attention. You should also make sure you contact authorities. The Stoddard Firm has years of experience handling injuries, and we even offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Call us or contact us online today.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have a case?
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could have a personal injury case. Every situation is different, so there’s no way to know if you have a case without consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney. If you are badly injured or a loved one has died, we are happy to speak with you and investigate the matter at no charge.
How do I pick the right attorney?
You’ll want to look for several qualities when choosing who will represent you. Your attorney should meet with you instead of sending an investigator, and he/she should be available throughout the process instead of having you consistently talk to a legal assistant. Your attorney should have a low number of cases so he/she can devote significant time to you and your case. Your attorney should have experience handling cases with facts similar to yours, and your attorney should have a proven track record with similar claims. Your attorney should also be able to devote significant money to your case so that he/she can hire experts, travel the country finding witnesses, and depose whomever is necessary to achieve justice. It’s also important to make sure your attorney is the right fit on a personal level, which is why you should take advantage of a free consultation.
What do I need to bring with me to the consultation?
For your free consultation, bring all relevant documents that you’ve collected regarding your case. If there are police reports, bills or correspondence from insurance companies, you’ll want to bring those items to the consultation so an attorney can learn as much about your case as possible.
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
There is a time limit on how long a person has after an injury to begin a lawsuit. This window is called a statute of limitations. For most personal injury cases in Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years from the time the injury was suffered. However, there are exceptions and subtleties that might change the amount of time you are afforded. Sometimes the period can be as short as 6 months, and other times it can be much longer than two years. Determining the statute of limitations requires a detailed analysis of the facts of your case.
What do your services cost?
A consultation with the Stoddard Law Firm is free. In most circumstances, we earn no fee unless we win your case. If your claim is successful, we take a percentage of the recovered amount.
What has to be proven in a premises liability case?
A successful premises liability claim must show that a hazardous condition exposed you to an unreasonable risk of harm and that the property owner failed to exercise reasonable care to maintain a safe premises. Common examples include slippery floors, unstable structures, broken handrails, stairs not built to code, scalding apartment shower water, natural gas explosions, electrical shocks, and improperly fenced swimming pools. There are several factors that can make or break a case, which is why it’s important to work with an experienced lawyer who can thoroughly investigate the situation.
How is negligent security different from premises liability?
Negligent security is a type of premises liability. These claims arise when a person is assaulted on someone else’s property by a third-party. Owners of apartment complexes, hotels, gas stations, and other retail establishments can sometimes be held liable if their inadequate security practices contributed to the attack. Such practices include failure to warn of prior crimes, inadequate lighting, broken access gates, broken locks, and failure to provide security guards.
How can an attorney help me?
Whether your injury was mild or severe, proving fault for premises liability can be a complex process. The standard of care owed by the property owner is made up of many factors and, in some cases, the hazardous conditions may no longer exist. A skilled premises liability attorney knows how to gather and preserve the necessary evidence – and how to defend you against accusations that you should have known about the dangerous condition.
How do I choose an attorney?
There are a lot of lawyers out there, so it’s important to select one that you feel comfortable with and who inspires confidence. Choose one who has experience with the type of claim you have, is qualified, has a good reputation in the legal community, and seems dedicated to helping you win your case.
How do I pay an attorney?
The Stoddard Firm handles litigation on a contingency basis. This means we accept a percentage of the amount we recover for you. If your claim does not have a successful resolution, we do not collect any fee. We are also pleased to offer free consultations.