The summer is one of the most popular times to travel. As a result, many people will find themselves in the airport. The airport itself can be more dangerous than many people realize. Read on to learn more about airport accidents in Texas.
How do Airport Accidents Occur?
There are a number of ways an injury can occur, most commonly:
- An injury at baggage claim
- Slip and falls resulting from wet floors, restaurant spills, etc.
- On trams, escalators, and other transportation systems
- Airport construction and remodeling projects
- Curbside accidents: shuttles, taxis, etc.
- Parking lot accidents: poor lighting, potholes, etc.
Who is Responsible for an Airport Accident?
Airports are multi-faceted. There are gift shops, bars, restaurants, and lounges. There are also bathrooms, stairways, elevators, escalators, and more. Additionally, cars, taxis, and shuttles are constantly coming and going. Because of all the commotion, there are a lot of ways for an accident to occur. Depending on the type of accident, you may have a premises liability claim, or a product liability claim. For example, a product liability claim may occur if you are injured due to a faulty elevator or escalator. In this case, the company that manufactured the escalator may be held responsible. But, if your injury is due to something like a puddle of water outside of a restaurant, the airport may be held responsible. In order for this to occur, you will have to prove that the airport staff knew about the spill and did not clean it, or that they should have reasonably known about the spill. You will need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. But, most airports are government-owned entities. In this case, you will have to file a Notice of Claim. This is often filed much earlier in the process. If you miss any of these important deadlines, you will be barred from suing, which means losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.
Contact our experienced Smith County, Texas firm
There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.