Public Transportation Accidents

San Jose Auto Accident Lawyer

Accidents and injuries involving public transportation such as buses, trains, or cable cars need to be immediately investigated by an experienced attorney with access to accident investigators and safety experts. BART and Caltrans have their own internal investigative teams responsible for investigating accidents. Consequently, the very entity responsible for negligent actions that cause injuries and fatalities is responsible for investigating itself. As a result, it isn't surprising when these investigators emphasize facts that relieve them from any liability.

At Shea & Shea, our San Jose personal injury attorneys work with our own investigators in order to collect evidence and eyewitness testimony. In many instances, during discovery facts emerge that contradict stated claims or conclusions contained in the final report filed by BART or Caltrans investigators. We exploit these contradictions and expose negligence that BART and Caltrans attempt to deny. We proudly represent clients injured in accidents involving:

  • Sudden stops or starts
  • Closing doors on bus or train
  • Pedestrian knockdown
  • Jerking motion on cable car
  • Struck on train platform

Costs Associated with BART & Caltrans Accidents

In most accidents involving public buses, trains, or cable cars, injury victims suffer head trauma, spinal cord injury, broken bones, and neck and back injuries. As a result, losses include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In order to ensure you receive compensation proportional to the scope and nature of your injury, our attorneys consult medical economists and life care planners who can accurately quantify the costs involved in your injury.

In accidents involving public transportation you must file a claim first and have it rejected before you can bring a lawsuit. Once your claim is rejected, you have only 180 days to initiate legal proceedings to recover compensation for your injuries. At Shea & Shea, our attorneys can explain the process and help you file all necessary paperwork in preparation for your trial.

If you've been seriously injured in an accident involving the BART, Caltrans, or other public transportation entity, contact the San Jose personal injury lawyers at Shea & Shea today to schedule a free consultation.

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