Injured in a Public Transportation Accident?
A VTA Light Rail Accident Lawyer Represents Injured Passengers
Use 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.
A VTA light rail accident lawyer can investigate your situation and help you hold the Transit Authority accountable.
How Do I File a Claim Against the Santa Clara VTA?
When a light rail operator or government agency is negligent, causing an accident, then injured pedestrians, passengers, cyclists and motorists may have a valid claim for damages. However, unlike most vehicle accident cases, a claim against the Santa Clara VTA is a claim against a public entity. This type of legal action can become complicated and difficult to navigate without the help of a qualified legal professional.
First, the timeline for making a claim and filing a lawsuit is usually shorter. In California, you usually only have six months to file a claim. However, this can vary depending on the specifics of your circumstances. Additionally, the process for filing an injury claim against a government entity is different. If you miss the deadline or fail to follow proper procedure, then you may not be able to recover the compensation you deserve. If you believe the Santa Clara VTA may be liable for your injuries, then contact our VTA light rail accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Injured on the Light Rail? Contact Our VTA Light Rail Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt in an accident involving a light rail in the Bay Area, then contact the Law Offices of Braid Pezzaglia. Our experienced Santa Clara VTA accident attorney is an experienced negotiator and litigator. Your time to file a claim is limited, so contact our office online or call (408) 650-8955 right away.