Public Transit Accident Attorney Santa Clara, Pittsburg, Corona, Vallejo
In California, our public transit system is one of the safest, most convenient, and most affordable ways of getting around. No one expects to be injured when traveling on a bus, light rail, subway, limousine, or any of the other means of transportation we rely on each day. But when you take any form of public transit, you are entrusting the driver, the company, and their entire maintenance system with your safety and security. The fact is, accidents can and do happen. When they do, the public transit company can be held responsible for any injuries sustained by accident victims.
A Higher Standard of Care
Public transportation in California is held to a much higher standard than a private driver. This is called the Common Carrier Rule. Under our laws, these common carriers “must use the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. They must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers.”
Consequently, public transit companies can be held liable for any losses that are sustained by individuals who have entrusted them during their course of business. Whether a private or public transit company, they are responsible for their passengers under this rule. This not only applies to passengers but those who are involved in an accident with public transit, such as other drivers or pedestrians.
These Claims Can Be Complicated
When it comes to California public transit accident claims, the liability may lie in different places. There may be different parties that can be held responsible for your injuries. These can be
- The driver
- The transit company
- The maintenance staff that maintained the vehicle
- The designer
- The manufacturer
The statute of limitations is also different than a typical motor vehicle accident. Those methods of transportation that are run by municipalities and government agencies can have shorter time limits in which to file an accident claim. This can make a public transit claim very complicated. That is why it is important to have the legal guidance and support of a California personal injury attorney.
Dedicated to the Rights of Injury Victims
At the Law Offices of Braff P.C., our skilled team of public transit accident lawyers will guide you through each step and help determine the compensation you deserve after an accident. Over the course of our careers, we have been dedicated to the rights of injury victims of public transit accidents in Santa Clara, Pittsburg, Corona, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities. When you hire our team of experts, you can have peace of mind that your rights to compensation are being protected each step of the way.
We never charge a fee unless we have recovered compensation for you. Call us for a free consultation today to understand how we can help after a public transit accident.