Public Transportation: Bus Slip and Fall?

A friend who was on her way to work one rainy night fell on a wet slippery bus floor 2 days ago in Phoenix, AZ and she is wondering if she has a case. The bus driver did not file an incident report nor did she obtain any transit information. She is wondering if there is video footage will it help?

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A friend who was on her way to work one rainy night fell on a wet slippery bus floor 2 days ago in Phoenix, AZ and she is wondering if she has a case. The bus driver did not file an incident report nor did she obtain any transit information. She is wondering if there is video footage will it help?

Another factor I'm concerned about is that she let go of the railing to put her glasses in her purse when she fell (she stated she slid all the way to the back of the bus) and the driver asked her if she was okay and she replied, Yes! She stated she did not take a seat (there were seats available) because she was drenched from the heavy rain. She went to the ER the next day after work and was released with a sprained foot/ankle.

Even if she is found to be negligent by letting go of the railing, does she still have a case since the bus driver did not complete any injury or incident protocol?

Any and all legal advice is greatly appreciated.

Best Answer:

Jeanette: YES YES YES
She fell down. Sue God for Gravity
She slipped Sue the shoe Manufacturer for slippery shoes.
Sue her parents for not teaching her how to walk.
Sue the Bus company for driving in the rain.

Sue the driver for ASKING are you all right. He should have ignored the I am fine and just stopped the bus called an ambulance and filled out paperwork for hours.

Can the citizens of Phoenix sue her for not sitting down? For not holding on for not using common sense?

YES go get a lawyer He will think of something. He will get his pay your friend may get a dollar or two and your taxes will go up to pay for it.

Curious does she have ANY responsibility for her own feet.Using Normal care and caution when walking on a wet surface.
Did she HAVE TO take off her glasses and put them in her purse. Could she have held on with one arm around the pole while doing so.
Does she think she won the lottery?

Where to you think the money comes from to pay her.? YOUR POCKET YOUR TAXES.
If she is so concerned about missing work it is obvious she has not much concern or injury. She is just looking for an extra pay check to cover her not thinking and riding in a safe manner.

Why would the driver complete an INJURY report when she replied I AM OK.
She could have contacted transit IMMEDIATELY when she got home. She WAITED for more than a day
She could of contacted transit and filled in her own report.She choose NOT TO.
. Maybe your friend fell down at home too later. Maybe she slipped BEFORE she got on the bus. She will have a hard time proving the source of injury.

Other answer:

Jeanette:
It sounds like your friend is trying to cash in on her clumsiness.

She told the driver she was fine – so unless there is video this never happened. She can call one of those personal injury lawyers (every city has them) and most will do a free consultation, but I doubt any of them will take the case – the injury is too minor for any real money and it sounds to me like it was mostly her own fault – she knew it was raining so it was reasonable to expect a slippery floor, and she chose not to sit and also let go of the one thing that could keep her from falling – how is the bus company to blame?

I doubt the driver has any obligation to file a report when by her own words she was fine – that makes this a non incident. She needs to put her big girl pants on and be more careful next time.

Ivy Lynn:
No she doesn't. She voluntarily let go of the railing while drenched not to mention she didn't take a seat. If she goes to court with that the judge will either laugh in her face or immediately dismiss the case. Something similar happened to my cousin.
Jeanette:
My thoughts exactly. I didn't want her to think I was raining on her pay-day parade and that is exactly what I was trying to explain to her about the video revealing that she released the bar/handrail and not taking a seat. But she was insisting that because it was public transportation she had a chance of a case. I personally do not see how but I just wanted others opinion. Maybe she still has a chance, I don't know.

Thanks to all who responded so promptly!!!! PMack, Who is Jack, and PAMELA.

Who is Jack….:
"she is wondering if she has a case."

It was raining, she should use common sense and hold on tighter as the floor could be slippy. Why would she get anything for the driver not filling in a form that was post accident and nothing to do with her fall.

PAMELA:
Its not the bus companies fault is it? If its wet out you know the floor of a bus is likely to be wet and you take extra care!
Me Brod:
Law suits costs EVERYONE money. Not just some company, EVERYBODY pays in the long run. The defendants have to recoupe that money some how right? If you say, "well thats what insurance is for". True, but who pays for that?
Howard L:
She will have no trouble finding a lawyer to take her case on a contingency basis.