A 10-year-old boy was injured, recently, when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a Metro Transit System (MTS) trolley in the San Diego suburb of Santee. Paramedics transported the youth to Sharp Grossmont Hospital where he treated for minor injuries.
The MTS carries hundreds of thousands of people each day, and its buses and trolleys are a constant presence on San Diego County roadways. With so many MTS vehicles on the road, there are bound to be accidents involving private passenger vehicles. The question you probably have is, if I am injured in an accident with an MTS vehicle, can I sue them for damages?
The answer is yes, you can sue a public transportation system—but the rules are a little different from filing a regular personal injury claim. Most federal, state, and local governments have what are called “tort claim acts,” which are special guidelines and rules for filing a lawsuit against a government agency. These rules usually mandate filing a “notice of claim” (a written notice of intent to sue) within a certain amount of time after your injury (as short as 60 days in some cases). Other rules may limit the amount damages one can claim from a government entity. The bottom line is that governments have set up barriers to discourage private citizens from suing them.
If you’ve been injured by an MTS vehicle, you’re going to need an experienced attorney on your side if you want to break through those barriers and get the compensation you deserve. The legal team at Jurewitz Law Group has been successfully representing San Diego County residents for nearly two decades. Call us today to find out if you have grounds for a legal claim against a public transportation agency. Dial (888) 233-5020 for a free case evaluation.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
Connect with Ross Jurewitz on Google+