MUNI, BART, AC Transit, SamTrans, Marin Transit, Golden Gate Transit, VTA Injury Accidents

What happens after a Public Transportation Accident

Public transportation entities like BART, MUNI, and Caltrans have internal teams of investigators that are used to investigate accidents involving buses, trains, and cable cars. These multi-million dollar government entities have extensive resources at their disposal. Consequently, their investigative teams are capable of employing complex, sophisticated forensic and scientific investigative techniques when determining the cause of a public transportation accident. However, they also have a vested interest in absolving MUNI, BART, or Caltrans workers and engineers from any responsibility for an accident. For these reasons, it’s important to retain an attorney who can monitor the developments and process of a public transportation accident to ensure it isn’t conducted in a way that is prejudiced in favor of BART, MUNI, or Caltrans.

Filing a Claim in Public Transportation Accidents

Unlike motor vehicle accidents or other personal injury cases, in public transportation lawsuits you have to file an injury claim and have it rejected before you can bring a lawsuit against BART, MUNI, or Caltrans. Once you receive notification that your injury claim has been rejected, you have only 180 days to file a lawsuit. When preparing legal action against a public transportation entity, it’s important to consider whether any of the following factors were involved in you injury accident:

  • Was the train operator or bus driver properly trained
  • Was alcohol, drugs, or texting a factor
  • Were there enough seats available
  • Did the bus or train start or stop suddenly
  • Did the train stop at a point where you could disembark safely
  • Did the bus driver speed or drive in a way that was unsafe
  • Did the bus or train start while you were trying to board
  • Was there debris or trash on a bus or train that caused you to fall
  • Were you assaulted by the bus driver or train engineer

Transparency and Scrutiny in Public Transportation Accidents

Since BART, MUNI, and Caltrans investigate themselves, it’s essential that your attorney closely follow the investigation in your case. It’s also important for your lawyer to consult independent, private investigators and interview eyewitnesses in order to gather information and evidence in support of your case. While ostensibly committed to determining what happened, investigators for public transportation entities may give more weight to the testimony of an experienced Caltrans, MUNI, or BART employee than a passenger witness. Additionally, when general negligence is involved, investigators may conclude the actions of BART, MUNI, or Caltrans workers were not directly involved. As such, it’s important to work with an attorney who can serve as your advocate during the investigative process.

Contact San Francisco Public Transportation Accident Attorneys

Whether you’re filing an injury claim or interested in suing a Bay Area public transportation entity, our personal injury attorneys can help. To protect your rights and review your options, contact San Francisco public transportation accident attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg today.

We understand the tactics of insurance companies and how to investigate MUNI, BART, AC Transit, SamTrans, Marin Transit, Golden Gate Transit or VTA accidents – let one of our attorneys help you – call 415-788-3900.

Man killed in Muni Crash on 4-21

A westbound #14 Mission bus struck and killed a San Francisco man near the intersection of Mission and Beale streets on 4-21. The accident is still under investigation.

Why do you need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible in claims. They may claim that you were not hurt or that your injuries came from another accident or condition. They may downplay the seriousness of your injuries.

If you talk to the insurance company, do not allow yourself to be recorded. We recommend not making any statements to the insurance company without counsel from an experienced lawyer. It is best to leave all communications to an attorney who has extensive experience handling car accident injury claims. Insurance companies, even your own, will use anything you say against you. They are in the business of paying out as little as possible for car accident claims.

If you have been injured in a Muni related accident, retain the services of a personal injury attorney with extensive experience handling insurance companies and accident claims. Call the personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation toll free at 1-866-288-6010 or fill out our intake form and we will contact you.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of someone’s negligence or a dangerous or defective property condition — including such serious injuries as a complex bone fracture, traumatic brain injury, burn or spinal cord injury — you should seek experienced counsel.

For a free consultation to discuss your injury claim with an attorney who has extensive experience handling accident claims, call toll free 1-866-288-6010
or, if you prefer, fill out our intake form and we will contact you.

At the Weber & Nierenberg law firm, our lawyers can protect your interests after a serious accident, including a motorcycle or auto accident, that resulted in serious injury. With offices throughout northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Rafael, Oakland and San Jose, we represent clients throughout the communities in and around the East Bay, North Bay and South Bay, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Napa, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Berkeley, Richmond, Fremont, Hayward, Modesto, Stockton, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Walnut Creek, CA.

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