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What is a common carrier and what rules must they follow?

Common carrier liability is important to be familiar with for Washingtonians who have been injured by a bus, taxi or other type of common carrier. Victims of bus, taxi and other types of common carrier accidents can suffer serious injuries and harm in a bus crash or other type of accident. Legal resources can help protect them from the physical, financial and emotional damages that victims are likely to suffer as a result.

Common carriers refer to buses, taxis, commercial airplanes, passenger trains and cruise ships. Common carriers or typically subject to state and federal regulations and are held to a higher standard of care than the everyday driver.

All drivers are required to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others they share the roadways. If they fail to do so, they may be considered liable and be responsible to compensate the victim for their physical, financial and emotional injuries that result.

Common carriers may be liable to victims in circumstances of a commercial vehicle accident if they fail to exercise the same amount of care as a reasonably careful operator, if they fail to comply with regulations that are in place to ensure the safety of traveling public or if they fail to warn passengers of known dangers. Common carriers may be liable to help victims harmed by their negligence with the victim's medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Bus crashes and other common carrier accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and devastating consequences for victims, which is why it is essential for them to understand common carrier liability and the legal remedies available to them.

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