Every week, tens of millions of people use public transportation without a second thought.  In legal terms, public transportation such as buses, subway cars, and ferries are often referred to as “common carriers.”  No one ever expects to be injured while riding a common carrier. Despite our expectations, sudden mass transit accidents can and do happen, often resulting in devastating changes to the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people. These accident, which can be traumatizing in and of themselves, often result in catastrophic, disabling, and sometimes fatal injuries

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a mass transit accident, consult a public transportation accident attorney you can trust at Prosmushkin and Davis, P.C. With over 25 years of combined legal experience, you can rest assured that we will represent your best interests and obtain the compensation that you deserve.

Common Carriers

A common carrier is a public or private entity that engages in providing transportation to the public in exchange for money. Common carriers may carry passengers, cargo, or a combination thereof. Common carriers are usually subject to strict government regulations. Because they serve the public and other valuable cargo, they are expected to operate under a higher duty of care compared to regular, privately operated vehicles.

Since mass transit accidents typically involve common carriers, different and sometimes more complicated legal standards may apply. Attorneys at Prosmushkin and Davis, P.C., are familiar with these standards and are experienced in persuading a jury when a common carrier has fallen short of those standards.

While the precise definition is complicated, certain modes of transportation are quite commonly classified as common carriers. Provided below are a few examples:

  • Taxis
  • Airlines
  • Trains
  • Buses
  • Shuttle buses
  • Ships or ferries


In the aftermath of a mass transportation accident, the atmosphere is typically confusing and chaotic. There are likely to be several ambulances and emergency responders at the scene treating injured parties. After emergency treatment, the road to recovery is likely to be long and difficult. While the road ahead may be daunting and unclear, it is always a good idea to discuss your situation with a law firm that is experienced in dealing with mass transit accidents. At Prosmushkin and Davis, P.C., we know that injuries sustained as the result of a mass transit accident are often different from injuries sustained in regular car accidents. Some of these injuries may be devastating, debilitating, and long lasting. Here are a common serious injuries that many individuals sustain as a result of mass transit accidents:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Severe burns
  • Damage to vital organs
  • Hemorrhaging


Mass transit accidents often involve various moving parts and it can therefore be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the accident. Nonetheless, we have identified certain common factors that contribute to mass transit accidents based on our extensive experience. Here are a few common causes of mass transit accidents:

  • Poorly maintained infrastructure
  • Poorly maintained vehicles
  • Driver fatigue
  • Faulty safety features
  • Inadequate training
  • Dangerous or careless operation
  • Distracted operation of the vehicle

Of course, sometimes more than one factor can contribute to a mass transit accident. When this is the case, we will be sure to advance as many theories as is necessary.


When you are facing a potential lawsuit against a common carrier, you are likely to be dealing with a large corporation or government agency, as opposed to an individual covered by an insurance company. Different strategies should be employed when you are dealing with such a large entity. There are even special deadlines and procedural requirements that may apply, which would not be applicable to normal car accidents. When faced with a massive government agency or corporation, you need a lawyer who has considerable experience.

At Prosmushkin and Davis, P.C., we have over 25 years of combined legal experience. Our team of seasoned and professional mass transit accident lawyers will zealously defend your best interest and help you to recover the damages you deserve for your injuries and other damages. If you or a loved one has been injured in a mass transit accident, call us to schedule a free consultation today.

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