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Is public transportation liable?

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Updated: 6/17/2003 5:49 pm
Providers of public transportation facilities are regulated by state and federal laws and are closely monitored with regard to safety. Airline and railway companies, ship owners, bus operators, and other providers of public transportation must follow strict safety regulations and guidelines. All serious accidents are carefully investigated, often by the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB (N-T-S-B). Companies involved in accidents that are caused by negligence or human error may be held liable and sued for damages. In accidents involving injuries to many people, a class-action lawsuit may be filed. For a smaller accident or personal injury related to public transportation, you can file an individual lawsuit for damages in civil court. Damages can include compensation for actual medical expenses, loss of income, reduction of earning ability, repair of property, and pain and suffering. In the event of a fatal accident, the victim's close relatives can file suit for wrongful death.

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