Skip to content
Public Transit

Phoenix Vehicle Accident Lawyers Hold Common Carriers Accountable For Crashes

Fighting for honest people injured by the negligence of common carrier drivers and companies

Were you injured in a common carrier-related incident? From buses and taxicabs to commercial airlines, passenger trains and cruise ships, these modes of travel can leave you with severe injuries – especially when owners and operators fail to act with a reasonable standard of care. Our experienced Phoenix common carrier accident lawyers have spent years advocating for victims of these events. We have successfully fought against private transportation companies, as well as the public entities that often manage and operate these transit systems. We are even ready and able to deal with the relatively new legalities of crashes involving Uber or Lyft transportation.

At Plattner Verderame, P.C., we have helped thousands of people in Arizona and across the country obtain justice after being harmed by the negligence of others. This is all we do, and all we have been doing since our firm was founded more than 25 years ago. Talk to us about your common carrier crash and learn more about your legal rights and options.

Understanding the complexities of common carrier accident cases

All businesses need to make a profit – but profit should never trump safety.  Common carriers are required to comply with many regulations designed to protect public safety.   But the push for profit leads some carriers to break the rules to improve their bottom lines.  When that happens, injury and death become inevitable.  Proper investigation of these cases requires investigating the system failures behind the crash, and not just the decisions of the driver or pilot in the moments before the crash.  Only in this way can the victims obtain adequate justice and the public protected from the next crash.  You need a lawyer who understands the regulatory complexities and will fight to uncover the underlying causes of your crash.

Some of the kinds of system failures that cause crashes are:

  • Owner negligence
  • Equipment failure
  • Poor maintenance of the carrier
  • Inadequate operator training
  • Negligent hiring practices
  • Injuries resulting from the absence of reasonable safety features

Our skilled Phoenix common carrier injury lawyers have successfully handled a variety of these injury claims. We don’t shy away from the complexities of these matters. Instead, we use our substantial resources to thoroughly investigate the injury-causing incident and build a strong case. We treat every matter like it's headed to trial. We are accomplished litigators who will confidently take your case to court if necessary to secure the compensation your injuries deserve.

Determining liability in common carrier accidents

Most common carriers are governed under regulatory boards that set standards for the maintenance and operation of these transportation methods. For example, the Federal Aviation Administration sets regulations to govern commercial airlines. When an airline fails to meet these established standards, the airline may be held financially responsible for resulting injuries.

Another example is Valley Metro. In providing public transportation to residents of the Phoenix metro area, this organization's bus and light rail services must abide by state and federal transportation guidelines. Since this is a government entity, failure to meet established standards can subject the public Regional Transit Authority to liability for injuries. These claims can prove particularly challenging due to the time limitations on bringing a claim against a government entity. Our knowledgeable Phoenix common carrier injury attorneys know these regulations very well. We guide you through the legal process, but first you have to call our office before the statute of limitations expires.

Types of Cases We Handle

Our attorneys handle a variety of accident cases, including:


Contact our Phoenix office if you were hurt by a common carrier vehicle

We handle common carrier injury cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you won’t owe us anything unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf. If you have been injured in a common carrier accident, call us at 602-266-2002 or toll free at 888-657-3573 to discuss your claim, or use our contact form. Find out today why other lawyers trust Plattner Verderame, P.C. to handle the most complex personal injury cases.