Injury Claims Against Public Transit Agencies And Private Transportation Companies
Millions of residents and tourists use public transportation in the Bay Area every day. Although San Francisco’s transit system is mostly safe and efficient, it is only as safe as the individuals who are operating and maintaining it. Driver fatigue, distraction, neglected repairs and other human error can change a routine commute into a tragedy.
For more than 50 years, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has represented Bay-Area residents injured in bus, light rail, ferry, taxi and commuter train accidents. We have successfully sued public entities such as MUNI and BART to compensate clients for their serious injuries. Our attorneys know what to do to protect your rights and maximize your compensation in a complicated legal process.
Different rules apply when suing MUNI or a government agency, including a shorter statute of limitations to file a claim. Contact us immediately for a free case evaluation at (415) 981-7210 to preserve your rights and start the investigation.
Bus, Train, Streetcar And Trolley Accidents
The Walkup Melodia law firm has the demonstrated ability to hold mass transit providers to their obligation under California law to the “utmost duty of care” of passengers and the public in their operations. Our experienced and powerful advocacy has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts against transit agencies and transportation companies in San Francisco and Northern California.
We have handled every type of public transit and mass transportation accident, including:
- Cable car and streetcar accidents – Injuries to passengers or motorists
- Electric trolley bus and diesel bus accidents – Riding or boarding public buses
- Light rail and commuter train accidents – Injuries onboard or at stations
- Airport shuttle and taxicab accidents – Passenger injuries or taxi collisions
- Uber car accidents – Injuries involving rideshare vehicles
- Ferry accidents – Injuries to pedestrian and motorist passengers
We have extensive experience representing people injured in these accidents, from local residents and commuters to out-of-state visitors riding the iconic streetcars and ferries of San Francisco.
How Our Experience Can Help You
Accidents involving public transit systems are unique because California law imposes an extremely short six-month time frame to file a claim. Victims who miss this deadline may forfeit their right to recover any compensation. The average citizen does not understand the process or even know what entity to sue. Our knowledgeable attorneys can act swiftly to investigate and preserve your rights under the statute of limitations.
We have brought successful suits against the San Franciso Municipal Railway (MUNI), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), San Mateo County Transit Systems (SamTrans), Caltrain and other transit authorities. We can also explore claims against quasi-public entities such as Amtrak and commercial providers such as shuttle bus and taxi companies.
The Walkup law firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not have to pay legal fees unless you receive compensation for your injury. For a free consultation to discuss your case, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact us online.