Whether you were assaulted on a Trolly or were involved in an MTA bus accident, your injuries and legal claim deserve special attention. At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we know how frustrating it is to have to deal with the government on top of getting injured. We have dedicated our practice to helping victims of other people’s negligence get the compensation that they deserve under the law.
Fighting City Hall
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is a public transportation system that operates buses, trains, and subways in the greater LA area. Each year, it provides over 2 million boardings for riders in and around LA. If you live or work in LA, no doubt you’ve seen the black and white M and the “Go Metro” logo all over the city.
While the MTA is usually a safe mode of transportation, incidents happen. When this happens, you have to make a claim against the city, and the rules are a bit different than a typical motor vehicle accident claim. At the Law Firm of Steers & Associates, we stand ready to help you from start to finish and make sure you are treated fairly and get the compensation the law allows.
Making a Claim
California has a law that prevents lawsuits against the government and their employees, however, it also has a law that makes certain exceptions for some types of lawsuits, and a personal injury based on the negligence of a bus driver is one of them.
The same law that allows for some lawsuits against the government also makes certain requirements:
- File a claim directly with MTA within six months of the accident.
- Then the MTA will accept or deny your claim.
- File a lawsuit within one year of the denial.
If you get denied, which a majority of claims are, then you need to file a civil lawsuit within the deadline. The lawsuit has to be drafted, filed, and served according to the law.
What if My Claim is Accepted?
If they accept your claim then you need evidence that shows how much money it will be to fairly compensate you for your injuries. These are things like medical bills, lost time from work, and pain and suffering. Then they will make you an offer, and if you feel it’s right, then you can take the offer and your case will be done.
However, if you don’t believe their offer is fair, then you can still file your lawsuit. But keep in mind, if they reject your counteroffer, you still have a deadline to file your suit.
Common Types of Accidents Involving MTA
Not all injuries by the MTA are from bus accidents. If you are physically injured in any way by the negligence of an MTA employee or agent, then you can file a claim for compensation. Some of the common accidents and causes of injuries we’ve seen are:
- Bus Accident
- Trolley Accident
- Train/Subway Accident
- Fall Getting In/Out of Vehicle
- Bus/Train/Subway Station Fall
- Assault from Lack of Security/Lighting
These are just a few, and the law requires MTA to pay compensation no matter how the person was injured if the cause was the negligence of MTA.
Contact a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney who understands the law and has experience getting injured victims the compensation they deserve.
Call the Law Firm of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of personal injury, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.