Were you injured while using public transportation in San Diego, CA? You may be entitled to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. An experienced San Diego metro/subway/mass transit accident lawyer at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers can fight to protect your legal rights.
Since we opened our doors in 2010, we’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars for accident victims in Southern California. In fact, we have a 99% track record of success for the cases we handle.
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How Can Mission Personal Injury Lawyers Help After a Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accident in San Diego?
No one expects to suffer a serious injury on public transit. You should be able to recover fair compensation when a transportation company or government agency is responsible for your injuries. Unfortunately, recovering compensation can be difficult, even if it’s clear that someone else caused your accident.
The insurance company may try to downplay your injuries. At-fault parties often try to blame others for causing the accident. They might even blame you for getting hurt.
An experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer can help you fight for what’s fair. When you hire Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ll fight for you by:
- Conducting a full investigation into the crash
- Gathering all relevant evidence
- Identifying the responsible parties and sources of compensation
- Hiring experts to help us assess the fair value of your claim
- Negotiating with insurance companies and defense lawyers on your behalf
Collectively, our lawyers have over 43 years of experience handling personal injury cases. We’ve been recognized for our success over the years. Our San Diego personal injury attorneys have been listed as Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, and Best of the Bar.
Take action today if you were hurt. Just call our legal team to schedule a free initial consultation to get started.
How Common Are Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accidents in San Diego?
San Diego offers a range of public transportation options. Mass transit in San Diego has become much more popular in recent years. In fact, there are approximately 95 bus routes and multiple trains and trolleys that criss-cross the San Diego area.
While mass transit offers a convenient way to get around town, accidents can and do happen. In fact, mass transit fatalities have increased nationwide.
At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, our San Diego metro/subway/mass transit accident attorneys handle all types of injury claims, including those involving:
- (MTS) trolleys and buses
- Amtrak trains
- Old Town trolleys
- Charter buses
- SPRINTER light rail trains
- COASTER trains
- Coastal train lines
- And more
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is ultimately responsible for overseeing many mass transit options in the area. If you were injured, filing a claim against the government agency can be especially complicated. You may have to take legal action more quickly–and multiple parties may share the blame.
Were you hurt in a subway, train, or trolley accident in San Diego? Call our law firm to schedule a free case review today.
What is My San Diego Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accident Case Worth?
Resolving a personal injury case is rarely simple. Determining the value of your case is one of the more complex aspects. It’s also critical to protect your financial future.
Key factors in calculating your hard-to-value losses include:
- The severity of your injury
- The nature and duration of your medical treatment
- Your prognosis
- Whether you’ll suffer a permanent disability
- The impact of the injury on your day-to-day life
It’s a good idea to document everything that you can. Some accident victims even keep a journal describing how their injury has changed their life.
Our lawyers can turn to experts and specialists who will offer insight into the value of your pain and suffering–as well as estimates of your future needs.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accident Victims?
Victims are entitled to compensation for past and future financial costs related to their injuries. They’re also entitled to damages for non-financial losses.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Property damage
Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Anxiety and depression
Ready to learn more about an attorney client relationship? Call for a free consultation today.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accident in California?
Establishing liability in metro, subway, and mass transit accidents can be complicated. Multiple parties may share responsibility. In some cases, the injured party may even be partly responsible.
That doesn’t mean you’ll automatically lose your right to compensation. California has a pure comparative negligence rule. Financial liability is allocated between all parties who contribute to an accident. That includes the victim.
So, if it turns out that you were partly to blame, your compensation award will be reduced to account for your share of blame. In other words, if you were 30% liable, you can take home 70% of your compensation under the contributory fault laws in California.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accident Injuries
Public transportation accidents can be catastrophic. Some common examples of injuries include:
- Whiplash injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Chest injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
We know that things can be difficult after a severe trolley or bus accident. Our lawyers are here to help in any way we can. Call for a free case evaluation today to learn more about our practice.
What Causes Most Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accidents in San Diego, California?
Traveling by subway or mass transit is one of the easiest ways to get around San Diego. Unfortunately, there are also a number of ways that you can get hurt. As common carriers, public transit drivers are subject to special licensing and training requirements. However, at the end of the day, they’re still human–and can cause an accident just like anyone else.
Some of the most common causes of metro/subway/mass transit accidents include:
- Inexperienced operators
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Dangerous turns
- Mechanical failures
- Defective equipment
- Lack of adequate protective guardrails
- Failure to provide adequate warning about dangerous conditions
- Signal errors
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents where passengers are caught between doors
- Assault or violence
- Falling onto the tracks
- Electrocution or electric shock
- Failure to properly maintain or inspect the vehicle
- Failure to maintain train tracks
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
Whether you were a passenger, driving in another motor vehicle, or simply walking down the street, you may be entitled to compensation. However, before you can recover damages, you’ll have to identify the cause of your accident–and find out who was responsible.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accident in California?
You don’t have to pay attention to the roads when you use mass transit. Instead, someone else is responsible for keeping you safe. As common carriers, those parties owe you a heightened duty of care under California personal injury laws.
Proving negligence after an accident in California requires proof that:
- The at-fault party owed you a legal duty of care
- A breach of duty occurred
- The breach caused your accident
- You sustained physical, emotional, or financial damages
Many metro/subway/mass transit accidents happen because the driver was negligent. In other cases, another party may ultimately share liability for your damages.
Responsible parties may include:
- Bus drivers
- Government transit authorities
- Manufacturers of defective vehicle components
- Inspection companies
- Bus companies
- Third-party drivers
- Pedestrians, bicyclists, and others on the roadways
- Other passengers
Our lawyers have decades of experience handling complicated personal injury claims. We can help you identify all responsible parties and fight to hold each one accountable for damages.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accident in California?
Typically, car accident victims have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit under the statute of limitations in California.
However, most mass transit systems in San Diego are operated by government authorities. Depending upon the identity of the at-fault party, you may only have six months to file a claim for damages after the accident.
Contact a San Diego Metro/Subway/Mass Transit Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Were you or a family member injured in an accident involving a trolley, train, or streetcar? A San Diego metro/subway/mass transit accident lawyer can help you maximize your financial recovery. To take the first step, just call Mission Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule your free consultation today.