If you get injured while on public transportation—such as a bus, train, or subway, the carrier may be liable. These companies are bound by common carrier laws, which means they have a higher duty of care to ensure passengers are safe. As a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
Public transportation companies and their employees are held to a higher standard of care. If the company or an employee fails to exercise the level of care expected under the law, they can be held liable for any resulting injuries and losses. Part of that duty also involves:
Injury claims are often successful against public transportation companies because of the very high standard of care they owe passengers. However, when an accident occurs, you still must be able to prove that the common carrier breached their duty of care and that the violation directly caused your injuries, which resulted in financial and/or personal losses.
In California, you have only six months to file a claim after a public transportation injury. The claim must be filed with the corresponding transit authority, for instance, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). If the transit authority does not address your claim, you have two years from the date of the injury to pursue a lawsuit. If you fail to meet these deadlines, you will lose your right to recover compensation.