Four people sustained personal injuries in a San Francisco cable car accident on November 21, 2009, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The incident occurred the afternoon when the service was suddenly disrupted on the Powell Street portion of the Powell-Hyde historic cable car line, according to Muni officials. The cable car system is also operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway or Muni as it is known. The conductor of the cable car, a gripman and two passengers were injured. But none of the injuries were life-threatening.
I hope that all the injured victims are recovering well and that their injuries were not severe. I wish them all the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
Muni Vehicles Involved in More Accidents
Apparently, this is not the first of recent cable car accident in San Francisco. On September 7, 2009, four people were injured in a San Francisco car accident after one of these historic cable cars collided with a city Recreation and Park Department van.
Accidents involving Muni vehicles in San Francisco have been on the rise. Recent statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show such a trend. It’s not clear what disrupted the service suddenly or caused this accident to occur. However, as far as the injured passengers are concerned, the Muni could be held liable for injuries caused here.
Liability Issues for Public Carriers
Public or private carriers who transport people owe the “duty of utmost care” to their passengers. This duty is even higher than what is owed by these operators to a pedestrian or another motorist on the roadway. When we ride public transportation, we do so with the trust and belief that we will be safety transported to our respective destinations. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen sometimes. Liability will fall on Muni especially if this accident was caused as a result of operator error or lack of proper maintenance on the part of the transit authority.
The injured victims, especially the passengers, would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will keep up with the official investigation, and make sure the victim’s legal rights and best interests are safe-guarded. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also help determine whether there was any negligence or wrongdoing in this case. It is also important to note that any claim against a governmental entity in California must be filed within 180 days of an accident or injury.
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