Common sense and life experience lead us to believe that public transportation including MUNI, BART, Smart Train, Golden Gate Regional Transit (GGRT) are reliable and safe.
And yet, accidents do occur resulting in serious personal injury.
Seatbelts are not used in public transportation making passengers more vulnerable to serious personal injuries. No matter the size of the collision, the physical and emotional toll can be enormous. Every accident is unique and every accident is very personal, yet the immediate steps involved after an accident involving public transportation are straightforward
First, address physical needs. An ambulance may be required to take you to the closest emergency room for evaluation and treatment. Injuries such as broken bones, concussions and lacerations sustained in a MUNI, BART, Smart Train or GGRT accident require immediate attention. Once discharged you may be referred to your personal physician for follow-up care.
The force of an accident on public transportation often renders lasting pain that can take the body a few days to absorb. Victims of collision accidents report more pain a few days post accident. Bruising, tenderness, headaches, nausea and irritability are common symptoms. These should all be treated by licensed and experienced medical professionals.
Notify family and friends of your situation and confirm that you are okay. Sharing your trauma often eases your pain and relieves the worry from loved ones.
Second, confirm liability. Police are often called to the scene of serious accidents and will complete a report with the details of the accident. Witnesses can be helpful in confirming what they saw.
Third, contact Kauffman & Associates, public transportation accident lawyers to help you with your personal injury case. We have over 100 years of combined experience helping victims injured in MUNI, BART, Smart Train and GGRT accidents and have secured significant settlements to compensate for medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Please contact us for a complimentary consultation. No case is too large or too small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care, repair or replace your car and receive the maximum financial settlement possible to compensate for your pain and suffering.