With millions of people using public transit, it's not surprising that injuries sometimes occur. But was the injury really an unavoidable accident? Or was it the result of negligence that could have been prevented if someone had taken reasonable care? These are key questions in any personal injury claim or lawsuit.
The AC Transit system serves more than 62 million riders annually in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, downtown San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. Almost 14 million riders rely on SamTrans bus service each year. SamTrans also operates the Redi-Wheels and RediCoast programs (specially equipped buses and vans to serve those with mobility equipment). SamTrans connects with the Caltrain rail service, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and BART.
This intricate network of public transit systems serving millions of passengers throughout the region requires strict safety standards, but employees are human and mistakes do happen.
Whether a bus or van is operated by a private company or a municipality such as the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA or Muni) will affect the procedure in bringing a claim. For example, a case against a government agency must be filed within six months, rather than the more typical two years for a private company.
In Serious Injury Cases, Experience Matters
At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, our lawyers have handled bus accident cases involving both privately and publicly owned and operated buses. We have experience to help you and your family if the accident involved an AC Transit, a Greyhound bus, a tour bus or a San Francisco city bus.
Our dedicated team will conduct an independent investigation to clearly determine who was at fault. We work with a network of top medical professionals who specialize in specific accident-related injuries. This will ensure that we fully understand your injuries and the care needed for a full recovery.
Bus riders, pedestrians and bike riders are most frequently injured. Riders can be injured when the bus itself is involved in a crash. These accidents are often caught on cameras installed on buses and vans. We will use video along with witness recollections and any other available evidence to effectively argue the facts of your case.
Our advanced use of courtroom technology and electronic case presentation gets results by allowing juries to see and understand a great deal of evidence in a short time. With technology, we can clarify complexities, highlight inconsistencies in testimony and present information to the jury that leads to larger settlements and verdicts for our clients.
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Our attorneys know what it takes to successfully bring a claim and will work hard to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. Call our San Francisco office at 415-421-7995 or toll free 888-745-2988 or send an email for a no-obligation, confidential consultation today.
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