SPECIAL DUTY OF CARE – BUS, TAXI, LIMO

A vehicle that transports persons for hire, such as a bus, taxi or lime, is called a “common carrier”.

The duty of a common carrier to its passengers is a higher duty that the duty of an owner or operator of other vehicles.

Common carriers have a duty – to their passengers – to exercise the highest degree of care, in the operation and ownership of their vehicles. When a common carrier fails to exercise this high degree of care, it is negligent.

This law applies to CTA buses and trains, METRA trains, PACE buses, school buses transporting children, all buses for hire, even to sporting events. The law applies to all taxicabs where a fare is charged, and all limousines for hire, whether for airport transportation, taking children to a prom, or for a special night on the town.

For example, if it would be ordinary care for a driver of a car to look once before changing lanes, the driver of a common carrier has a higher duty, to look more than once to determine it is safe to change lanes.

The latest from our blog...

What Information Should be Provided for Medical Malpractice?

Medical doctors are almost always very good at identifying key medical problems and getting them resolved as quickly as possible. These doctors have studied for decades to perfect this art. ...

Read more...

Fatal Work Injury Statistics in Illinois

Starting a career is one of the biggest milestones in a person’s life. Depending on the type of job that a person may accept, he or she may have to ...

Read more...

Children and Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to national statistics, more than 630,000 children are brought to emergency rooms each year because they have sustained some kind of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Centers for Disease ...

Read more...

Successful Cases

More Settlements

James A. Payonk, Jr.

~ Attorney at Law ~

10705 W 159th St.
Orland Park, Illinois 60467

(708) 633-6005