Bay Area Public Transportation Accident Lawyer
Mitchell & Danoff Law Firm: Fighting to Keep Our Community Safe
If you have suffered a serious injury while riding on a public transportation vehicle, it is important to know your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses. At Mitchell & Danoff Law Firm, we handle cases involving accidents on VTA buses or light rail, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains and buses as well as light rail trains and other mass transit vehicles in California. Regardless of the type or severity of your injury, we are here to help.
Getting the Facts about Mass Transit Accidents
Recent news reports indicate that public transit ridership is surging across San Jose and the entire Bay Area due to high gas prices and the overall economy. Higher transit frequency can often lead to higher rates of mishaps and accidents. Whether you've been hit by a public transportation vehicle or injured while riding one, you have rights!
Public transportation accidents occur on all kinds of vehicles:
- Light rail
- Commuter train
- Shuttle bus
VTA buses/lightrail, BART, Caltrain, S.F. MUNI, and Santa Cruz Metro are just a few of the places where these accidents may occur. If the agency was at fault, they deserve to be held responsible!
Handling Your Public Transportation Accident Claim
Victims of injury should be mindful that cases arising from public transportation are handled differently than many other types of personal injury cases. This is because, unlike a lawsuit against a private individual or private entity, the transportation agency may be a public entity. Our injury lawyers know that, for many people, this turns into a complicated situation.
The legal procedures and timelines are different. For example, there is a much shorter statute of limitations (only six months) in which you are allowed to file a claim. If you fail to file in time, it could result in a complete forfeiture of your entitlements. You must notify the correct government agency in this time period, which gives you an additional six months to file an injury lawsuit.
No Financial Burdens – Only Positive Solutions. Call Mitchell & Danoff Law Firm Today!
At Mitchell & Danoff Law Firm, our personal injury team understands the differences in legal procedure for public transportation injury cases. Our attorney has more than 30 years of experience handling all kinds of injury cases. If you have been injured anywhere in the Bay Area, our firm may help you obtain the resolution you seek, and without adding to your financial burdens.
This is because we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means we provide our legal services to clients without charging up-front attorney fees. Instead, we collect a fee when our clients are awarded compensation in their case. If our clients do not win, we do not collect. Working on contingency fees has allowed us to recover millions of dollars for thousands of individuals. Our record speaks for itself.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury, we are here to help. Call (888) 483-8614 to speak with an experienced Bay Area personal injury accident lawyer.
If you've been injured in an accident through another's wrongful actions, you are entitled to compensation. Don't wait any longer; contact our firm immediately to see how we can help you.
Should I hire a lawyer for my personal injury case?There are several reasons for hiring a lawyer to represent you in your personal injury claim, rather than representing yourself. 1.) It allows you to focus on your own recovery, rather than the complicated details of your case. 2.) By hiring a skilled personal injury attorney to research your case and represent you in court, your chances of success improve drastically.
How long will my personal injury case take to resolve?
This number can vary from one case to another, depending on the details of your situation. A lawsuit can take anywhere from several months to several years to settle.
What is the average settlement amount for a personal injury claim?
The average compensation amount for a personal injury case is anywhere from $3,000 to $75,000, depending on what type of damages you are pursuing.
Does California put damage caps on claims for personal injury cases?
No, only Medical Malpractices cases have a cap. California Civil Code section 3333.2 sets a cap on the amount of non-economic damages (pain and suffering) that can be recovered in a medical malpractice case. The maximum amount that may be recovered is $250,000. All other Personal Injury cases are not subject to any cap.