Public Transit Accidents

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, 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 866-399-3548, 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.

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