Bus Or Taxi Accident? Common Carriers Owe Highest Duty Of Care In Florida
I was reading an article on the Insurance Journal website about a significant Kentucky bus accident, that I thought might be instructive to anyone in Florida who has been involved in a bus, taxi, or similar accident.
In the Kentucky accident, 30 high school students and 4 adult passengers were seriously injured when the charter bus they were traveling in on Interstate 64 careened across three lanes of traffic and crashed into a concrete median. Investigators think the bus may have been poorly maintained, or had a mechanical issue. The bus driver has also been blamed.
Some of the children on the bus were seriously injured. One young lady suffered a broken back, a concussion, and a shattered elbow. Other children are suffering from similar orthopaedic and closed head injuries.
Because my practice is limited to handling significant Florida motor vehicle crash cases, I don’t know what the law is in Kentucky. But in Florida, “common carriers” like bus companies, taxi cab companies, and similar operators owe passengers the highest degree of care for their safety. This special duty presumably applies to both the operation of vehicles, as well as their maintenance and repair. In other words, the reasonable man standard does not apply to common carriers.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a common carrier, it is important for you to understand your legal rights. For more information, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.