What Happen When a Metro Bus Injure You?
Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Angelenos depend on the Metro bus system to navigate the sprawl of the city. While most buses make their daily routes without incident, some get into accidents, whether due to negligent driver or improper maintenance.
Accidents often result in serious injuries to not only passengers, but also pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists alike. Since operators of public mass transit systems owe their passengers a heightened level of care under California civil statutes, they can be held liable for any injuries that result from an accident.
As a government entity, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is subjected to different regulations than other modes of transport, thanks to its status as a Common Carrier. Accordingly, injury claims against the MTA are different in that they must be filed within six months as opposed to two years.
With the short filing requirement in mind, claimants should consult with an attorney as soon as possible, preferably one with ample experience handling bus accident claims The right attorney can help determine who is responsible – in some cases, liability can rest on other parties besides the MTA such as third party contractors, maintenance crews, and manufacturers – and obtain maximum recovery.
If you have been injured while riding on any of the following bus lines, you may be entitled to compensation from the bus operator:
- LA Metro
- LADOT (DASH)
- Commuter Express
- Metro Rapid (LACMTA)
- Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Line
- Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA)
- Gardena Municipal Bus Lines
- Torrance Transit
It’s one thing to file a MTA claim, it’s another thing to win it! Due to the complexity inherent in these types of cases, it’s in your best interest to contact an expert attorney who can help you navigate through the legal maze and ensure the protection of your right to full and fair compensation.
At Wilshire Law Firm, our experienced bus accident lawyers have obtained more than $100,000,000.00 in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients – and in less than 10 years! We have the exceptional skills and knowledge needed to achieve optimal outcomes for your case. Call us today at (800) 522-7274 to find out more about what we can do for you in a FREE consultation.