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.

Premises Liability

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

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.
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If the MARTA driver is held to be at fault for the accident, any individuals who were injured in the accident have a good chance of being awarded damages 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.

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