Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 76A.djvu/281

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Sec. 2561. 2562. 2563. 2564. 2565. 2566. 2567.

Common carrier defined. Obligation to accept freight Compensation. Limitation of obligations. Exoneration agreements. Acceptance of ticket, bill of lading or written contract. Loss of valuable letters. SUBCHAPTER II

2591. 2592. 2593. 2594.

Liability for luggage. Regulations for conduct of business. Payment of fare. Ejection of passengers. SUBCHAPTER III

2621. 2622. 2623. 2624. 2625. 2626. 2627.



Liability of inland carriers for loss. Application of exceptions. Liability for delay. Valuables; limitation of liability. DeliTery of freight beyond usual route. Proof in case of loss. Services other than carriage and delivery.

Subchapter I—Common Carriers in General § 2561. Common carrier defined Everyone who oflfers to the public to carry persons, property, or messages is a common carrier of whatever he thus offers to carry. § 2562. Obligation to accept freight A common carrier shall, if able to do so, accept and carry whatever is offered to him, at a reasonable time and place, of a kind that he undertakes or is accustomed to carry. § 2563. Compensation A common carrier is entitled to a reasonable compensation and no more, which he may require to be paid in advance. If payment thereof is refused, he may refuse to carry. § 2564. Limitation of obligations The obligations of a common carrier may not be limited by general notice on his part, but may be limited by special contract. § 2565. Exoneration agreements A common carrier may not be exonerated, by any agreement made in anticipation thereof, from liability for the gross negligence, fraud, or willful wrong of himself or his servants. § 2566. Acceptance of ticket, bill of lading or written contract Where a passenger or consignor receives a ticket, bill of lading, or written contract for carriage and makes no objection to its terms or conditions at the time he receives it, neither the passenger or consignor, nor any person who accepts delivery of the goods, nor any person who seeks to enforce any provision of the ticket, bill of lading, or written contract for carriage, may deny that he is Dound by the terms and conditions, as far as they are not contrary to law or public policy. § 2567. Loss of valuable letters A common carrier is not responsible for loss or miscarriage of a letter, or package having the form of a letter, containing money or notes, bills of exchange, or other papers of value, unless he be informed at the time of its receipt of the value of its contents.