Early Monday morning at around 6:56 a.m. a Metro Blue line train collided with Metro bus line 51 at Washington and San Pedro in downtown Los Angeles. The bus train accident
occurred while the train was heading south on San Pedro. According to authorities, 48 people were injured, but fortunately no deaths were reported and most of the injuries are being characterized as minor.
While the train line did not derail from its tracks, the Line 51 bus crashed
into 2 light poles, and according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, one of the poles fell over.
The Line 51 Metro bus travels between Wilshire and Artesia Transit Center. The Blue Line travels through Washington Boulevard between Flower Street and Long Beach Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The Metro bus is expecting delays throughout all stations.
Bus and MTA Metro Blue Line Train Accident Laws – Statute of Limitations for Filing a Bus Train Accident Lawsuit
In Los Angeles most Bus operators and all Metro Trains are solely government owned. As a result specific and special rules apply to personal injury and accident lawsuits against bus and train operators.
Limited Government Liability
: MTA Metrorail Train
operators owe a duty as a common carrier for the safety of their passengers. Most bus line operators and light rail trains in the state of California are government agencies. Under California Government Code Section 810 et seq
. rules regarding governmental entities for personal injury liability and compensation for damages under state law a limited waiver of sovereign immunity in provided to victims of personal injury so that they are able to bring their injury claims against the State of California including all public entities.
Public Transportation Lawsuits – Limited time to file a lawsuit:
California Torts Claims Act requires timely presentation of a written claim for monetary damages given directly to a public entity. The general statute of limitations for filing a claim against a government entity is six months. So, if you have been hurt in a bus accident or a train collision you should act quickly to seek legal representation as the statute of limitations may bar you from recovering for your injuries.
Common Injuries Associated with Bus Crashes include
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Back and Lower Back Lumbar Injury
- Broken Bones
- Facial Injury
If you have been injured in board a Los Angeles City Bus contact our Public Transportation Accident Attorneys may be able to help.
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*UPDATE 9:40 a.m. 8/27/2012: 48 passengers reported injuries, with 31 being minor injuries. Blue Line restarted regular commutes on Washington and 7th/Metro.