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The LA Metro, Amtrak Thruway bus, California Rail, or local public bus lines are excellent ways to get around bustling cities. You don’t have to drive or pay to park, and you can use your time in transit to multitask. You have a right to assume that a bus or train is safe for transit and that the company and operator are taking due care to protect passengers.
Unfortunately, California cities are not exempt from traumatic bus and train accidents. If you or a loved one have been recently involved in such a crash, reach out to Arash Law. We want to help you defend your rights as an injured victim. Our injury lawyers work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning, we only get paid if or when you get paid first. Call (888) 488-1391 to get started.
Public Transit Laws and Liability
Taking a school bus, tour bus, public bus, trolley, metro, or train should not mean risking your life. The rise of cheap transportation options, however, often results in broken rules and ignored safety standards. Public transport drivers should undergo significant training before taking passengers.
Sadly, passengers often entrust their lives to drivers who are poorly trained, incompetent, or negligent. One driver error can result in dozens of lives ruined or taken in a matter of seconds.
Bus and train accidents typically involve lots of people, and result in multiple injuries or fatalities. There are a few different parties that may be liable for your injuries after a public transit accident. If a negligent driver caused your crash, he or she may be personally responsible for your damages.
If the driver is an employee of a bus or train company, however, the company itself may be liable. This is also the case if the accident stemmed from negligence on the company’s part, such as failing to keep up its fleet vehicles or repair known hazards such as a faulty seatbelt. In some situations, victims can bring claims against the driver and the bus or train company.
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In cases where the government owns the bus or train, your claim would have to follow the rules of claims against government bodies. In California, you must notify the defendant of your claim within six months of the date of the injury. This is a much shorter time frame than typical accident cases, where victims have two years from the date of the injury to file. Keep this in mind if you’re dealing with a public bus or train system that a municipality owns. If you’re unsure about the defendant or how/when to file, speak to an attorney.
Your Options After a Train Crash in California
Trains must obey certain standards of care, whether they are publicly or privately owned. They are common carriers, or vehicles that transport passengers for money. A variety of state and federal laws govern common carriers. These laws include standards for driver hiring and training, vehicle maintenance, and quality of service. Breaking any of these laws, leading to passenger or bystander injury, is negligence.
As an injury victim in a bus or train crash, you have two main options available to you. You could settle your claim with the company’s insurer or file a claim with the courts. If the bus or train company’s insurer contacts you and offers a settlement, it is within your rights to accept. However, this will often result in lesser compensation than a personal injury claim.
After a Train Accident, How Much Compensation Could I Receive?
This is a common question for anyone considering a personal injury claim; whether it be as a result of injuries in a train accident or a medical malpractice incident. Settlements and monies awarded by the court usually come in between as little as $2,500 and as high as $1000,000.
One study revealed that 70 percent of claimants received a settlement in their case. Your injury resulted in various types of losses, often referred to as damages by insurance companies. Damages fall into two categories, and most injured individuals will have some from each.
- Special Damages: These damages are also known as economic damages. They are easily calculable and represent the monies you lost due to the negligence of the defendant. Special damages include elements such as lost wages and medical expenses.
- General Damages: These are also called non-economic damages, and they represent the intangible losses you have suffered or will suffer in the future. They include pain and suffering, loss of society, loss of consortium, scarring, and disfigurement, and mental anguish.
Call California’s Best Train Accident Injury Law Firm
Injuries from a train accident can dramatically affect a victim for the rest of his or her life. California injury victims have the legal right to be compensated for all the losses they suffer. This includes medical bills, pain, and suffering, lost wages, decreases to future income potential, scarring or disfigurement, decreased enjoyment of life, and many other intangible losses.
Call Arash Law at (888) 488-1391 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation. Our skilled train accident lawyers in California have extensive experience in dealing with insurance companies. They know how to protect your claim from lowball tactics, and they understand the losses that victims suffer after a motorcycle accident. Let us protect your legal right to compensation so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.