Edwardsville Public Transportation Passanger Safety
In Illinois, there is a specific law that applies to common carriers. A common carrier is “a person or company that transports goods or people for any person or company and that is responsible for any possible loss of the goods during transport.” Applied to public transportation vehicles, the law states that “a common carrier owes its passengers the duty to use the highest degree of care…”
Plainly put, the person driving the vehicle and the company that owns the vehicle have an obligation to provide safety to its passengers, not only from accidents, but from assault, injury, or abuse from other passengers or third parties. The law applies to planes, ships, buses, taxicabs, limousines, amusement devices such as a Ferris wheel, railroads, and elevators, but does exclude escalators.
When a passenger is boarding, riding, or leaving the vehicle, the carrier has an obligation to that individual’s safety. The law even explains further what leaving the vehicle entails – the passenger must have had “a reasonable opportunity to reach a place of safety” before the carrier’s obligation is terminated.