Common Carrier Laws
No matter what kind of personal injury case you have on your hands, you
will virtually always have to prove that someone else’s negligence
or failure to act a certain way resulted in your injuries and damages.
In addition to this burden of proving negligence, personal injury cases
involving public transportation providers also involve common carrier laws.
The term “common carrier” can refer to any system of public
transportation, but it primarily refers to buses, trains, cabs, and other
In short, common carrier laws dictate that operators of common carrier
vehicles are obligated to exercise a greater degree of caution and diligence
than other people. In a personal injury case, this typically translates
into heightened likelihood of deeming an operator’s error to be
negligent, even though an average person making the same mistake would
not be deemed negligent for doing so.
To use an example, if a bus driver glances down at the radio or behaves
in even a mildly questionable manner (for however brief a moment) and
hits a pedestrian or crashes the bus, the court will likely deem them
negligent and liable for a claimant’s injuries and damages.
In short, common carriers are subject to greater scrutiny than average
drivers or vehicle operators, which may be helpful in your case and in
proving their liability for your injuries.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Serving the Citizens of Wichita
Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC, we know that every injustice is a big deal. When you experience injury,
suffering, loss, or other damages as a result of someone else’s
negligence or reckless behavior, it is our mission to obtain a just solution
on your behalf. Don’t let the responsible person or entity get away
with forcing you to pay for the cost of their mistakes—let us help
you hold them accountable for the consequences of their actions.
Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential case evaluation with a Wichita personal