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  1. Practice Areas:
  2. Auto Accidents
  3. Bus Accidents
  4. Disability Claims
  5. Medical Malpractice
  6. Negligent Security
  7. Nursing Home Negligence
  8. Product Liability
  9. Public Transportation
  10. Slip and Fall
  11. Truck Accidents

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Baltimore City
The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder
229 N. Howard Street, Suite 201
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Baltimore County
The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder
The Woodholme Center
1829 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

Prince George's County
The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder
8713 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Main Office:   (410) 528-1177
Fax:(443) 817-0700
24 Hour Hotline:   1-866-592-0020

Personal Injury Attorney | Maryland Public Transportation Lawyer

There are many reasons for taking public transportation. Whether based on convenience, cost, or something, Maryland public transportation offer a wide-range of options. Yet, for all the benefits that our buses, trains and other transports offer, there remains a high frequency of accidents, whether the fault of the public transport driver or another driver or pedestrian on the road.

Major causes of public transportation accidents include:

  • • Traffic Violations such as Speeding, Making an Illegal Turn, and Tailgating
  • • Driving Under the Influence, Whether Alcohol, Drugs or Prescription Medication
  • • Inclement Weather (Snow, Ice, Rain, etc.)

Regardless of how your accident took place, a Maryland Bus Accident is a special kind of legal matter requiring the services of a lawyer who understands how they differ from the traditional car accident case. If you or someone you care about uses Maryland's public transportation system, it is important to understand these differences. And if you are, unfortunately, injured while riding public transportation, it is critical that you understand how you can protect yourself and recover for any losses you have suffered.

Different Mode of Transportations

One major difference is your level of control of the situation. When you get behind the wheel of a car, you have the choice to speed up or slow down, make a quick turn or wait for a safer option, and a host of other decisions that we all make every day behind the wheel.

Your Life is in the Bus Driver's Hands

You cannot determine the speed of the bus. You can't decide when it is safe to make a turn. You have no say in whether it is wise to enter an intersection based on the belief that the light will continue to stay green. Each and every decision concerning the operation of your bus is out of your hands.

Who's Behind The Wheel

Driving while intoxicated, whether under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not just a problem for regular drivers of standard vehicles. Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a moving vehicle poses a great danger to not only others on the road, but to every person who has placed their safety in that driver's hands.

If you have had a few drinks, you can make the decision whether or not to get behind the wheel and drive. If you are on a certain medication that makes you drowsy, you can be responsible and have someone pick you up. When it comes to public transportation, in most circumstances, not only will you not have the ability to make that decision, but you will likely not even know there is a safety issue until it is too late. Drivers of public transportation are not known to announce they are unfit to drive and wait for a substitute driver.

Bus Driver Unfit for Driving

Another important factor to keep in mind is that, in most accidents involving a bus, another vehicle is also involved. Therefore, unlike a traditional motor vehicle accident in which you are operating one of the involved vehicles, in a bus accident, you are an "independent party" most often bearing no responsibility. In other words, since you were only acting as a passenger when the accident took place, nobody is going to "look to you" as being partially to blame for the crash.

This fact makes the bus accident very different from other roadway incidents, and therefore, requires the experience and knowledge that only a public transportation injury lawyer can bring.

You Need an Experienced Lawyer

Yet another important difference when it comes to public transportation is that most public vehicles, such as buses and trains, Another important factor is that a bus, in itself. is a much different vehicle than a car, or even a truck.

Buses and Trains are Deadly

Because we are dealing with such powerful pieces of machinery, it is important to understand the scientific and mechanical complexities of these

Monsters of Moving People

The difference between the vehicles used in public transportation and individual cars, trucks, and motorcycles changes the approach to a case completely. Buses have different mechanics in terms of how they drive, how long they take to stop, and how effectively they can turn and/or maneuver through intricate roadways. In many cases, public transportation experts have to be called in to help explain how a bus operates different than a traditional car or truck. Most people understand how a car works. However, few people who do not work in the public transportation industry, have a solid understanding of how a bus, for example, operates.

When dealing with buses, for example, it is important to know what kind of bus it is. There are public buses, school buses, privately hired buses, and more. Each type of bus, used for a specific purpose, has it's own rules, regulations and expectations as to how it should "behave" on our roadways. Only an experienced public transportation lawyer can help you navigate these complicated legal pathways.

As you can see, an accident involving public transportation is a serious personal injury matter that should only be handled by an experienced injury lawyer who understands all of the factors discussed above. Our firm has experience in this area and has helped our clients make it through the difficult process of such a legal claim.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, please give us a call at (410) 528-1177. We will be happy to discuss your situation with you and go over your available options. Of course, if you have any other questions regarding this subject, we will be happy to speak with you at any time.

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