Common Carrier

Definition - What does Common Carrier mean?

A common carrier is any company that transports or ships goods or people. Examples of common carriers include bus companies, train companies, taxi companies, etc.

In the context of the law, common carriers hold a certain amount of liability for any losses that they may create while transporting people or goods.

Justipedia explains Common Carrier

Common carriers have a major responsibility to create safe transportation. This is because they often carry people. Furthermore, they often carry items that are worth large sums of money. So, to prevent injury, loss of life and loss of extremely valuable items, carriers must hold themselves to a high standard of safety.

However, it is also crucial that they have exceptional liability insurance in case losses do occur. Common carriers are often sued for damages when losses happen.

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