What Every Atlanta Resident Should Know about MARTA Public Transportation Accidents


October 14, 2013

There are many people who live in the counties that comprise the Atlanta metro area and the surrounding vicinity who rely on public transportation for various reasons, which include avoiding traffic, protecting the environment or simply being productive on a morning commute.  The buses and trains operated by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) have provided more than 3.5 billion rides during its more than a quarter of a century in operation according to the MARTA website.

With this high volume of passengers, it is predictable that Marta bus accidents and train derailments will occur, which may be caused by the failure of the train operator, maintenance personnel or others to take reasonable care to protect passengers from public transportation accidents.  Because Marta trains and buses are not equipped with seatbelts, airbags and similar protections that are available in automobiles, passengers may suffer serious injury when using these modes of public transportation.

If the commuter train or bus crash is caused by the negligent conduct of the operator, injured passengers may have the right to pursue financial compensation for their injuries.  Public transportation accidents in Atlanta may occur because the operator was intoxicated, distracted, fatigued, medically unfit or otherwise not operating the train or bus in a safe and prudent manner.  Alternatively, the unsafe or even reckless driving of a motorist who makes an unsafe turn in front of a bus or collides with a bus when running a red light at an intersection also may cause a MARTA bus accident.  When inattentive or poor driving by someone driving a car causes a crash involving a public transportation vehicle, the unsafe driver may be financially liable for injuries and property damage.

Because of the massive size and weight of MARTA trains and buses, they respond more slowly when the operator must engage in evasive maneuvers, slow the vehicle or bring the vehicle to a stop to prevent a collision.  The massive weight of these vehicles also means that if you are the occupant of a car hit by a MARTA vehicle, the risk of permanent injury and wrongful death is higher because the amount of energy generated by the collision typically will be greater. 

A couple of accidents involving MARTA buses this year serve as reminders that passengers face a genuine risk of being involved in a collision when riding a train or bus operated by MARTA.  In May, a freight train slammed into a MARTA bus in Decatur when the bus reportedly got stuck on the train track according to DecaturMetro.com.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported of another recent incident where the Fulton Police indicated that a MARTA bus crashed into a telephone pole and tree before overturning.  While it is fortunate that there was only a single passenger on the bus when the single vehicle bus rollover accident occurred, the passenger was injured and had to be transported to the hospital.

If you or a close family member is injured in a MARTA accident, our Georgia personal injury law firm is available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333).  You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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