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What to Do If You’re in an Accident with LBT*

Long Beach Transit (LBT) is a municipal transit company that provides bus transit services in Long Beach, California, as well as communities throughout south and southeast Los Angeles County. LBT also operates Aquabus, Aqualink, and Passport shuttle.

The service, which is operated on behalf of the city, is not operated directly by the city. A separate corporation, Long Beach Public Transportation Company, was created for that purpose.

LBT gets its operating revenue from tax revenue distributed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority as well as fare box receipts.

LBT was founded in 1963 and operates 32 fixed routes and Passport with a fleet of 220 vehicles. The daily ridership is 82,900 people as of 2010.

If you have been involved in an accident with LBT and you think the negligence of an LBT employee caused your damages, you might be able to recoup compensation through a personal injury claim.

What Kinds of Damages Might Be Suffered in an Accident with LBT?

An accident with LBT could lead to life-altering injuries. You might suffer economically and non-economically for years to come.

When the accident occurs, be sure you notify the proper authorities. You will need an accident report to pursue a claim.

Establish medical care right away. Failure to establish medical care could negatively affect your ability to pursue a claim.

Maintain documentation to support your damages, such as medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages, and written repair estimates.

Here are a few of the different damages that you might suffer from the accident:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • • Disabilities

What to Do If You’re in an Accident with LBT

Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim Against LBT

Pursuing a personal injury claim against a government entity is not the same as pursuing a claim against an individual. Special procedures must be followed, and detailed documentation must be provided.

A Notice of Claim must be sent to the agency to give them notice that you are pursuing a claim for damages, you must provide details about the accident, your injuries, and why you think LBT is responsible for your damages.

There is a time limit for sending in the Notice of Claim after the accident, but that can vary since the city can establish that itself.

If the city denies your claim or if it doesn’t respond in a timely manner, you can pursue legal action through a lawsuit.

Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident involving LBT, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. Pursuing such claims are much more challenging, so you need experienced legal counsel on your side.

Because personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, you have nothing to lose. Your attorney will not be paid until you are compensated.

Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page today to have an attorney in your area review the details of your case.

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*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against the LBT or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.

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