As reported by King 5 News, a King County jury has awarded four members of the UW marching band more than $ 1.4 million for an accident involving a joint transportation accident after their charter bus crashed in freezing conditions in November 2018 Apple Cup at the time, crashed near George, Washington after the driver lost control in freezing conditions and fell into a ditch. The driver was later charged with driving too fast for the conditions. A traffic quote is often used by prosecutors to demonstrate the negligence of the accused and may have played a role in the jury’s decision to award a settlement.

According to the personal injury company representing the victims, 45 people were injured in the crash and many should continue to seek justice. The four students, who received the settlement to varying degrees, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and have sustained a number of serious injuries including a broken spine and other broken bones, separation of the AC joints on the shoulder, cuts and bruises. At least one of the four students had to undergo an operation.

Striving for justice with a common accident claim

What is a common carrier?

A joint carrier is a person or company that carries goods or passengers on regular routes at fixed tariffs. Individuals traveling in a rented limousine, sightseeing bus, taxi, train, airport transfer, cruise ship, airplane, or private group transportation use a shared airline to get where they need to go.

Joint liability of the carrier

Joint carriers offer their services to the public under the supervision of a regulator that sets safety standards. Carriers who carry people have an obligation to care for their passengers. They must exercise the utmost care and attention to ensure the safety of their passengers, which is expected of a reasonably cautious operator. This means, among other things, that the company’s drivers are expected to comply with road traffic rules and all regulations of their supervisory authority. Owners must also ensure the safety of their motor vehicles by checking braking functionality etc.

In addition to the duty of care, the normal transport companies must warn passengers of a dangerous condition in order to avoid injury. If a carrier could have prevented injury by warning passengers of a dangerous condition that a reasonably competent and cautious operator would have been aware of, they may be held liable for damage.

Filing claims for damages for carriers

If a person is killed or injured in a motor vehicle accident on a bus, limousine, or other type of transportation company; You are entitled to claim compensation for personal injury. If you or a loved one is injured in a charter bus accident or other type of group transportation, find a personal injury attorney in your state who is familiar with passenger transportation laws and can discuss your legal rights.

What kind of damage can I claim if I have a general claim for damages?

A joint transport claim requires the debtor’s insurance company to pay compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, loss of zest for life and more. Fatal accidents can also result in unlawful death and related damage, including funeral expenses.

Seek the help of a car accident attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights. Let a skilled auto accident attorney fight for the full compensation you deserve. It is not uncommon for the insurance company to receive a severance payment five to ten times greater with the help of a lawyer. Call the Personal Injury Attorneys at Tario & Associates, PS in Bellingham, WA for a FREE consultation! We have represented residents of Whatcom Counties, Skagit Counties, Island Counties, and Snohomish Counties since 1979. You pay nothing in advance and no legal fees unless we claim damages for you!