Injured in a Public Transportation Accident?
A VTA Light Rail Accident Lawyer Represents Injured PassengersUse of the public transit system is surging across the Bay Area as gas prices and the overall cost of living increase. Consequently, the rise in ridership had led to higher rates of public transportation accidents and injuries. However, filing an injury claim against a government entity, such as the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), can be difficult for victims of these accidents. Different rules apply to such claims and certain exceptions apply to government agencies. Additionally, the VTA may be unwilling to cooperate or negotiate. Therefore, if you sustained injuries in a light rail accident, then you should speak to an experienced transit accident attorney. A lawyer can stand up for your rights and ensure that you follow all applicable procedures for a government claim. If you suffered a serious injury in a VTA light rail accident or bus crash in the Santa Clara area, then it is important to contact a qualified attorney quickly. VTA light rail accident lawyer Braid Pezzaglia understands the challenges of filing a claim against the Transit Authority. He has experience filing claims and lawsuits against municipalities and public transit agencies. The Law Offices of Braid Pezzaglia is located near the Metro Airport light rail station, so we are nearby should you need immediate assistance. We handle all train accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe no attorney fees before we obtain a settlement or judgment in your favor.
Who Is Liable for VTA Light Rail Accidents?Light rail train operators have legal duty to exercise reasonable care to protect passengers and passersby from injury. This includes operating the train in a safe manner and performing necessary inspections. Furthermore, public transportation agencies have a duty to perform routine maintenance on the light rail trains they control. These agencies must also ensure that their employees have the proper training and skill necessary to safely operate the light rail. When transportation authorities and employees neglect these duties, then serious or deadly accidents may occur, such as:
- Light rail accidents. This includes train crashes as well as accidents or injuries that occur while you are riding a train. For example, if a handrail breaks while you are riding the train, causing you to fall, then the VTA may be liable for your injuries.
- Slip and fall accidents at a train or bus station. The VTA is responsible for maintaining train and bus stations as well. If hazardous conditions at these locations cause you serious injury, then you may be able to file a claim.
- Vehicle accidents involving a train. If you are hit by a train as a motorist, motorcycle rider or cyclist, then the VTA is likely liable for your damages.
- Pedestrian accidents involving a train. Light rail train conductors must check carefully for pedestrians when dropping off and picking up passengers. If a negligent driver hits you while you are walking or crossing the road, then you may have a claim.