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CATS Bus Operators Voice Major Security Concerns

Oct 26, 2022 Brown Moore & Associates Personal Injury

Many residents of Charlotte and the surrounding communities rely on CATS buses and trains to get from Point A to Point B on a daily basis. Unfortunately, per reports from numerous CATS bus operators, safety and security may be lacking on CATS buses and at CATS transit centers.

According to CATS CEO John Lewis, CATS has “operated millions of miles without incident.” However, according to reporting from WBTV, CATS employees have a very different story to tell. They claim passengers often board vehicles with firearms, drug dealing and drug use are prevalent at transit centers, and more.

These anecdotal reports from CATS bus operators are backed up by genuine research.

CATS Police is a private security firm staffed by Allied Universal Security Services. One of its dataset reports indicates 50 assault reports were made between April 1 and August 30 of 2022. There were an additional 10 reports of assault with a weapon. The dataset also includes several reports of drug usage/sale, theft, etc.

These safety issues have clearly upset CATS bus operators. They should also be of concern to anyone who relies on CATS to navigate Charlotte and the nearby areas.

No one wants to think about the possibility of being injured while riding public transit. However, it could happen. Victims should be aware of their potential legal rights if it does.

Victim of CATS Security Issues? Important Information

Public transit agencies like CATS have a certain duty of care to their customers. To a reasonable degree, they must take steps to keep riders safe. This involves optimizing security. While an agency like CATS can’t guarantee riders and operators will never face threatening or dangerous situations when using CATS, they can attempt to minimize the odds of this happening. If individual reports and collected data are any indication, they have been failing in this regard.

Your life could be substantially impacted if you’re harmed due to poor CATS security. If you sustain injuries, those injuries will need to be treated. You might not be ready to pay for said treatment. Additionally, your injuries could deprive you of an income for a period of time if you’re unable to work during your recovery.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to seek financial compensation for these damages by filing a lawsuit or insurance claim. It’s best to consult with an attorney if this is an option you’d like to know more about.

CATS is technically a government agency. Although it’s entirely possible to successfully settle with or sue a government agency for damages sustained as a result of poor security, the process of pursuing the compensation for which you may be eligible can be challenging. You’ll benefit from coordinating with professionals who understand these matters.

At Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC, we have years of experience representing personal injury clients throughout the Charlotte area. If you believe you’ve been the victim of CATS negligence, contact us online or call us at 704-335-1500 for more information about discussing your case.