Mass transit accidents (bus, subway, train) are far more common than we would like to think.
The emotional and physical toll on the victims can be overwhelming.
As experienced accident attorneys we can guide the victims through
every step of the legal process and get you the compensation you
On October 1, 2012, an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed after colliding with a big rig truck. At least 20 passengers suffered
The Metrolink rail disaster that occurred on September 12, 2009, was the nation's deadliest in 15 years. This train wreck
hospitalized 86 riders and killed 25 people. This crash of a
Metrolink commuter train and a freight train left such a mass of smoldering, twisted metal that it took nearly a day to recover all the bodies. (LA Times) Countless lives may never be the same.
Metrolink officials reported that a train engineer's failure to heed a red light
signal apparently caused the catastrophic head-on
Although the information presented in the news is
important, the attorneys at Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns leave no
stone left unturned. All responsible parties will be identified, and all legal
theories of recovery will be aggressively pursued.
Train accidents can occur due to several factors. Human
factors such as automobile driver negligence crossing the tracks at the wrong
time or train operator negligence can be a serious injury or fatal result for
passsengers. Equipment failures on the train or vehicles abondoned on the
tracks are additional hazards.
Airplane accidents whether they are from commercial jetliners, commuter planes or helicopters frequently involve mass casualties.
The results are almost always devastating to the families of the
victims. Any number of factors can cause or contribute to an
airplane accident. Representing airplane accident victims and their families,
the attorneys at Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns leave no stone left unturned. Our attorneys have a successful record of handling the most complex
litigation cases. Firm partner, John
Rowell started his career working on the
Paris Air Crash case,
where a defective cargo door cost the lives of all on board.
Whether school bus, charter bus or city
transportation, bus accidents can occur for many reasons. The news
report on bus accidents for several reasons. Serious injuries
occur from buses overturning on offramps from excessive speed,
sudden stops, driving on bald tires, collisions with other vehicles
and accidents caused by undertrained or negligent bus
drivers. Serious injuries also occur when passengers are boarding or exiting a bus. In August 2012, nearly three dozen passenters
were hurt after a Blue Line train hit a Metro bus near downtown Los
Angeles. A few weeks later a passenger car collided with
a city bus and sent twelve people to the hospital. On July 4th, a casino bus collided with a median sending 24 people to the hospital. In 2011
more than a dozen died in a crash when a drowsy driver lost control
and hit a signpost, cutting the bus nearly in half.
Bus accident legal claims bring all of the legal challenges of car and accident claims along with numerous additional challenges. It is important that those who have been injured in a bus
accident understand their rights including the
of limitations on bus injury claims. As experienced bus accident
attorneys we can guide the victims through every step of the
litigation process and get you the compensation you deserve.
Higher Standard of Care
Under Negligence Law, a defendant must use reasonable care to prevent harm to others. When the defendant is a common carrier, such as the
City Buses, Metrolink, Amtrak and major Airlines, the law requires them to use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. In fact, the common carrier must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers or property. (CACI 902.)
(CACI are the approved jury instructions from the Judicial Council of California. Jury instructions are read to the jury by the judge and establish the law the jury must follow in deciding the case. A partner of Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns has been formally recognized as one of the attorneys who assisted the task force in the preparation of these jury instructions.)
Not only must the common carrier use the highest care in transporting passengers and property, but it must use the highest care in constructing, servicing, inspecting and maintaining their vehicles and equipment for transporting passengers or property. CACI 903
The common carrier has the duty to exercise the highest care to its passengers and property. If the common carrier injures a non-passenger or property that it was not transporting, the duty owed is that of ordinary care.
Buses, trains and planes are responsible for a greater
number of serious injuries compared to other forms of accidents. Due to the
seriousness of the injuries, the clients must often go to trial to recover just
The attorneys at Cheong, Denove, Rowell,
Bennett & Karns have lectured extensively and have authored
articles on liability, damages and trial practice.
Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns has the resources and
experience to handle the most complex legal matters, yet is small enough to
offer individualized service to our clients.
At Cheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns we believe the more you know, the
better choice you will make.