One year marks one million rides on BART to Oakland!

November 21 marks one year of active service for the automated BART to OAK line between Oakland International Airport and Coliseum Station.  Coincidentally, it is also expected to reach the one millionth passenger trip milestone at some point this weekend – a sign of its tremendous success and growing reputation among riders.

“The BART to OAK line is clean, modern and convenient for riders,” said BART spokesperson Jim Allison. “Based on feedback from our riders both in surveys and on social media, they agree and appreciate just how quick the ride is.”

BART to OAK’s popularity was quickly made apparent, with a 36.5% increase in ridership compared to the AirBART shuttle bus previously serving as the link between BART and the airport.  A constantly growing daily average of 3,300 entries and exits highlights the importance of a rail connection to air travel – especially as Oakland International continues to experience large increases in passenger traffic alongside expanded service routes.

Oakland Airport spokesperson Keonnis Taylor said, “The airport is delighted to be celebrating our first year of partnership with BART by also commemorating the one millionth BART to OAK passenger. It’s an exciting way to begin the holiday season, and to continue the trend of growth the airport has seen this year.”

Furthermore, BART passenger surveys underscored the positive ridership numbers, reporting a 99% approval rating of the new train system – i.e., describing the service as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent.’ Reliability also helped boost passengers’ perceptions: BART to OAK had a 99.7% service availability rating during the previous quarter.

As 2015 wraps up, BART is again expecting a significant increase in airport passengers during the holiday season.  To help travelers, BART will be making an additional 400 long-term airport parking spaces available systemwide for this year’s holiday season – so if you’re planning on traveling far away to see loved ones, BART has your transit needs covered.

Still Great Potential for Accidents and Injuries on Public Transportation!

Public transportation has improved and certainly expanded over the last several years. However, there is still great potential for accidents and injuries on public transportation. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.
To help prevent an accident or injury while using public transportation the following safety tips may be helpful:
Do not rush to board a bus or subway, this way you can avoid falling or slipping and becoming injured.
As the bus or train approaches stand back from the edge of the platform or curb and stay a bit to the side to avoid being accidentally pushed or shoved off balance.
Do not try to enter a subway car when the doors are closing and ensure packages, pocketbooks and backpacks are clear of closing doors after you have entered the train.
Only use the emergency cord to prevent an accident or injury.
Do not run or walk on escalators—stand, hold the rail and face forward. Improper use of escalators can cause serious injuries.
Do not run for the bus—you can slip, trip or fall and sustain serious injuries.
Do not stand in stairwells or lean against doors while traveling on a bus—sudden stops could cause you to fall and become injured.
When boarding or leaving a bus watch for slippery surfaces, icy sidewalks or other hazards, which may cause you to fall.
A San Francisco personal injury law firm can help
Unfortunately, no matter how many advances have been made in transportation, accidents still happen and individuals can become seriously injured. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a public transportation accident contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to discuss your injury case.

Critical Steps to Take After a Car Accident!

When you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you don’t want to jeopardize your rights by failing to preserve critical evidence or making statements that can be used against you. In the uncertain moments following a collision, you can easily lose track of your thoughts and make crucial mistakes. This article outlines the steps you need to take after a car crash to protect your rights.

Before You Leave the Scene of the Accident

The first thing you need to do after an accident is verify the extent of any injuries to you or your passengers. Check immediately to see that everyone is conscious and can move under their own power. If a passenger is unconscious or cannot move, leave them alone unless they are in danger of further injury. EMT personnel will be better equipped to take care of them. If anyone is unconscious or need immediate medical attention, call 911.

Your next step should be to move your vehicle out of harm’s way, if possible. Your safety is the most important factor at this point. Don’t worry about being able to show how the accident occurred. Accident reconstruction specialists can put the pieces together even if the vehicles have been moved.

If you have not yet called law enforcement officers, telephone them and stay in your car until they arrive (unless it is unsafe to do so). You may have a lot of nervous energy after the accident and may be inclined to talk more than you should or want to. Don’t spend unnecessary time in conversation with other drivers. You may say something that will be held against you in court.

Once police officers arrive, gather relevant information from them, such as name, badge number and jurisdiction. Provide them with any information they request, including identification and proof of insurance. Do not volunteer information, but provide clear answers to their questions.

Before you leave the scene of the accident, you should also ask other drivers for important information, including name, address, phone number, insurance provider and policy number. If you have a camera, you should take as many pictures as you can, showing damages to other vehicles or other property, personal injuries, skid marks and important road signs or signals.

After You Leave the Scene of the Accident

Your first inclination after leaving the scene of the accident may be to contact your insurance carrier. Instead, you should call an experienced personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies have a vested interest in paying as little as possible for your injury. An attorney will put your needs first, seeking full and fair compensation for your losses. Your attorney may also act as your liaison with your insurer, making certain you get full and fair compensation for all your losses.

If you have not sought medical care at the scene of the accident, you may want to take yourself to the hospital or a clinic, so that you get a documented report of any immediately observable injuries. If your injuries are minor, you should nonetheless set up an appointment with your doctor to get a full examination.

You will need to notify your insurance provider in a timely manner. Don’t sign anything, however, without talking with an attorney.

A San Francisco personal injury law firm can help

Unfortunately, no matter how many advances have been made in transportation, accidents still happen and individuals can become seriously injured. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a public transportation accident contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to discuss your injury case.

15 Passengers Injured in Trolley-Bus Collision at Market and Gough Streets, San Francisco, 6/12/13

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 around 11:10 a.m., a collision between a streetcar/trolley and a bus occurred near the intersection of Market Stret and Gough Streets, San Francisco. 15 passengers, 7 of which were children, were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the collision.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bus accidents, as well as automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian, auto, truck and bicycle accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a bus accident or auto, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

San Francisco Cable Car Accident injures 7 people

In recent news, it was reported that seven people were injured when a San Francisco cable car hit a metal bolt that had fallen onto the tracks. However, none of the injuries were reported to be life threatening and no other vehicles were involved in this accident. The accident occurred during the morning commute around 10:15am at Washington and Powell streets. Read more.

Sometimes the public transportation which people rely on can be dangerous. People who have suffered loss or injury because of a negligent public transportation driver or operator should see legal advice. Many drivers and operators fail to exercise the appropriate degree of care necessary to get their commuters to a safe destination, often resulting in accidents that lead to minor injuries for a commuter.

Have you or someone you know been a victim of a personal injury matter, or have you lost someone to a wrongful death? If so, discuss your matter with an attorney at Weber & Nierenberg by calling 1-866-288-6010 or email us for a free consultation. You are entitled to know your rights and pursue a legal claim.

Pedestrian Killed by SamTrans bus at Mission & Valencia, San Francisco, on 4/23/13

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at about 6:40 p.m., a 50-year old male pedestrian attempting to cross the intersection of Mission Street and Valencia Street in San Francisco when he was struck by a SamTrans bus. The pedestrian sustained severe injuries and died.

Police are investigating.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in pedestrian accidents and wrongful death claims, as well as auto, motorcycle and bicycle accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding an auto accident, bus accident, motorcycle accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

NASCAR Crash at Daytona

Over two dozen fans watching the recent NASCAR races at Daytona International Speedway were injured after driver Kyle Larson’s No. 32 car crashed into a fence. As a result, this sent car parts flying into the stands. The accident occurred a day before the Daytona 500. At least 14 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment for injuries, while 14 others were treated at an infield care center located at the racetrack. Read more: Full article.

NASCAR isn’t the only dangerous roadway. Sometimes the public transportation which people rely on can be dangerous. People who have suffered loss or injury because of a negligent public transportation driver or operator should seek legal advice. Many drivers and operators fail to exercise the appropriate degree of care necessary to get their commuters to a safe destination, often resulting in accidents that lead to minor injuries for a commuter.

Have you or someone you know been injured in a car accident? Make sure you know your rights. The attorneys of Weber and Nierenberg may be able to help you. Please contact our office at 1-866-288-6010 for a free initial consultation.

Daly City woman struck by SF Muni bus over weekend dies

Eileen Barrett, 72-year-old Daly City, California, resident hit by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus near Lake Merced. She passed away on Monday, February 18th.MUNI Bus Eileen Barrett was struck by an outbound 18-46th Avenue bus at about 4:30 p.m. at Lake Merced Boulevard. Although doctors initially thought she would survive this catastrophic accident, despite having been transported to a hospital with serious injuries, she did not make it. As is standard protocol for these kinds of accidents, the bus operator was expected to undergo drug and alcohol testing. San Francisco authorities expressed their condolences to the family and friends of Eileen Barrett and stated that a full investigation as to the cause of this accident is underway. Full article.

In many instances, an insurance company or public entity will dispute who is at fault for an accident of this measure. If the settlement offer is insufficient, a lawsuit may be filed to take your case to trial. Under California, a surviving spouse, children or parent has up to two years to file a wrongful death claim. The case does not necessarily have to be completed within this two year time period, however, it must be filed in the appropriate court before the time period ends.

At the law firm of Weber & Nierenberg, our attorneys work hard to help those who have lost loved ones seek justice. We are personal injury lawyers with offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Oakland, San Rafael and San Jose. Our wrongful death attorneys have handled many types of wrongful death claims. You can feel confident in and comfortable with our ability to vigorously protect your interests. Even if you are not certain that you want to file a wrongful death claim, you may have questions that our attorneys can answer.

To discuss your concerns or just gain an understanding of your rights regarding a wrongful death claim, please contact our office by calling: 1-866-288-6010. The attorneys of Weber and Nierenberg have spent their entire career (almost 70 years of combined experience) representing injured persons exclusively. Our law firm offers a free initial consultation and represents clients on a contingency basis in wrongful death claims.

Safety Tips While Using Public Transportation

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Public transportation has improved and certainly expanded over the last several years. However, there is still great potential for accidents and injuries on public transportation. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

To help prevent an accident or injury while using public transportation the following safety tips may be helpful:

  1. Do not rush to board a bus or subway, this way you can avoid falling or slipping and becoming injured.
  2. As the bus or train approaches stand back from the edge of the platform or curb and stay a bit to the side to avoid being accidentally pushed or shoved off balance.
  3. Do not try to enter a subway car when the doors are closing and ensure packages, pocketbooks and backpacks are clear of closing doors after you have entered the train.
  4. Only use the emergency cord to prevent an accident or injury.
  5. Do not run or walk on escalators—stand, hold the rail and face forward. Improper use of escalators can cause serious injuries.
  6. Do not run for the bus—you can slip, trip or fall and sustain serious injuries.
  7. Do not stand in stairwells or lean against doors while traveling on a bus—sudden stops could cause you to fall and become injured.
  8. When boarding or leaving a bus watch for slippery surfaces, icy sidewalks or other hazards, which may cause you to fall.

A San Francisco personal injury law firm can help

Unfortunately, no matter how many advances have been made in transportation, accidents still happen and individuals can become seriously injured. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a public transportation accident contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to discuss your injury case.

Public Transportation Safety Tips for Seniors

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Unfortunately, as we age we begin to notice a loss of balance, agility and strength making us more vulnerable to injuries. Seniors may also take advantage of public transportation more than younger individuals may and so employing the following safety tips can help ensure they stay healthy and uninjured.

  1. When boarding or leaving a public vehicle look for uneven or slippery pavement or other hazards that could cause a fall.
  2. Before boarding a bus, have your fare ready to avoid losing your balance while looking for change.
  3. When boarding or leaving a subway car pay attention to the gap between the edge of the platform and the door and step cautiously.
  4. Before boarding a bus or subway car, stand to the side and let others get off first—this is not only polite but helps prevent being pushed and thrown off balance.
  5. Remain alert to your surroundings and steady yourself when the vehicle is slowing or turning.
  6. Never board a bus or subway car with too many packages, leave one hand free to hold onto railings or straps.
  7. In bad weather and at night, allow for extra time to cross intersections to ensure you are seen by motorists and do not slip and injure yourself.
  8. Wear light colored or reflective clothing at night or carry a flashlight to make yourself visible to motorists and other pedestrians.
  9. When you riding in a taxi, fasten your seat belt to ensure your safety—just because it is a cab doesn’t mean you should neglect vital safety measures.

Talk to a San Francisco public transportation accident lawyer today

Unfortunately, too many seniors are injured because of negligence and the failure of others to employ basic safety precautions. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, an experienced San Francisco public transportation accident lawyer can help. Contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to discuss your public transportation accident case.

 
 
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