A common carrier is a transporter that offers services to the general public for compensation in the transportation of goods, property or messages over a defined route according to a regular schedule. These can include buses, duck boats, ferries, airlines, cruises, taxis and other forms of mass transit.
The Federal Government regulates common carriers that transport passengers or cargo across state lines under the Interstate Commerce Act, while individual states regulate travel within a state.
Generally, a common carrier is liable for all losses which may occur to property assigned in his care during the course of business unless it is proven that the loss occurred by:
In transporting passengers from one place to another, common carriers have the duty to:
There are special circumstances by which a common carrier may not be responsible for any injuries to its passengers. These may include:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a common carrier accident, you should speak to a personal injury attorney to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. A personal injury lawyer can help you seek damages for your injuries and represent you in court.
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