If you’ve been injured on premises or while riding of a public transportation vehicle, such as a train, bus, trolley, taxi, subway, ship, airline, and so on, you may be entitled to compensations for your injuries.
Generally, such claims are filed under the Tort Law of Negligence. However, public carriers are subject to "Common Carrier Rule,” as well.
Common Carrier Rule is based on Common Law. In some states, it may govern school buses; possibly private limousine companies; and the newly minted methods of public transportations, such as Lyft and Uber.
Common Carrier Rule mandates that all Public Transportation Companies owe their passengers the “Highest Duty of Care”. Depending on the state, this “higher duty of care” covers all injuries in public carriers’ premises, such as “slip and fall” or injury caused by a broken bench, and so on, as well.
For instance, in California, in a public transportation Jury Trial, the Judge must instruct the Jury, prior to rendering its decision, the following directive:
“Common carriers must carry passengers or properties safely. Common carriers must use the highest degree of care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all care, vigilance, and foresight that they reasonably can, under the circumstances, to avoid harm to passengers or properties.”
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