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Why Experience Matters In Muni Accident Claims

Maybe you’ve heard “You can’t fight city hall,” but you CAN fight the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA or Muni) if you suffer a serious injury in a transit accident. You do, however, need a lawyer on your side who knows how to bring a case against city, regional or state government.

At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, our attorneys have represented many people — including those in California for vacation or work — who have been injured in public transportation accidents in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our firm has successfully brought cases against municipal, city and state government agencies in the past. We understand the unique requirements of bringing a government liability injury claim.

See the other types of motor vehicle accident cases our personal injury attorneys represent.

Muni is run by the SFMTA and operates across the San Francisco County area with about 1,000 vehicles in its fleet. Our attorneys handle cases involving:

  • Cable cars or streetcars
  • Electric trolley coaches
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Muni and Golden Gate Transit vehicles
  • AC Transit
  • SamTrans
  • Greyhound buses
  • Ferries
  • Tour buses and school buses

We can also handle train derailment cases resulting in injuries to train passengers and railroad crossing accidents due to negligence on the part of the railroad company.

Shortened Claim Period

This is where experience is critical. Wait too long and you will not be able to bring a claim.

A shortened period of six months applies to Muni claims. Thus, it is very important for those injured in Muni accidents to obtain legal representation as soon as possible after an accident. All bases of liability must be included in the claim, and investigation may take some time.

The Highest Duty Of Care

Under California law, an individual or business hired to transport people in exchange for a fee under license or authority provided by a regulatory body is considered a “common carrier.” It must use the highest degree of care and vigilance. Muni passengers are owed this highest duty of care because of the “common carrier” designation.

A variety of factors cause these accidents, including operator error, negligence and recklessness, as well as design and maintenance problems such as brake failure and equipment malfunctions.

Experience. Reputation. Results.

If you or a family member suffered an injury in a Muni bus, railway or trolley accident, schedule a free initial consultation by calling at 415-421-7995 or toll-free at 888-745-2988, or via email.

We represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis. If no money is recovered, you do not owe a fee.5

Muni Accident Lawyers Who Can Help You

Muni is run by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency. SFMTA reported 964 accidents in 2009 and 483 accidents in 2010. It cites to the installation of cameras on all Muni buses to record the cause of Muni accidents and to monitor dangerous driving behavior of Muni drivers and operators as the reason for the decline in accidents. SFMTA says that Muni uses its DriveCam camera system to train and discipline drivers.

If you have been injured on or by a municipal transit vehicle, such as a Muni bus, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. The San Francisco accident attorneys at Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP understand how difficult it is for victims of serious injuries and their families to deal with a serious injury. Having to deal with a government bureaucracy in an attempt to obtain reasonable compensation for your losses following a serious injury from a public transit accident only makes things worse. The attorneys at Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP are experienced in handling cases against public entities and can help.

Bay Area Public Transit Accident Attorneys

With today’s record gas prices and more and more environmentally conscious people relying on public transportation to reach their destinations, we are seeing an increase in accidents involving public transit vehicles with alarming frequency. Muni operates over 46 miles in the San Francisco County area with about 1,000 vehicles in their fleet. Muni vehicles have been involved in accidents that injure Muni riders, pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles.

Experience. Reputation. Results.

If you suffer a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or other permanent disability due to an accident involving public transportation, you may have a right to recover damages for your losses. Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP has more than 100 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases against public entities.

Contact Us

If you have been injured in a Muni bus, railway or trolley accident, contact our experienced attorneys. Contact Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP today for a no-obligation, confidential consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Managing Partner

Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

William B. Smith

William B. Smith

Partner, 1978

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Vehicle Accidents

There are two things to establish in any motor vehicle accident case: the cause of the accident (fault) and the full cost of the injuries and losses. As we prepare your case, we will investigate both of these.


& Serious Injuries

People suffering from a brain injury, spinal cord injury or other severe injury will require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy and other long-term care.


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Claims related to sports and recreation injuries can be complicated. These cases often include issues involving waivers and the “assumption of risk” defense.


& Spine Injuries

When you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), life changes dramatically. Even mild TBIs can lead to years of recovery and rehabilitation.


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The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP have more than 100 years of combined experience guiding clients through the legal process.

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