The City of Seattle’s public transportation system consists of two modern streetcar lines that operate in the city. The first line started operation in 2007 while the second line opened in 2016. Both routes provide frequent service with both lines arriving every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the day.
The system has three vehicles to run two lines on standard gauge track. The track extends 3.8 miles and has a daily ridership of 4,950 people as of December 2016. If you have been injured in an accident with Seattle Streetcar and you think they are responsible for the injuries, you might be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim.
What Kinds of Damages Might Result From an Accident with Seattle Streetcar
Accidents involving streetcars can be serious and lead to life-altering injuries. Some injuries might include lacerations, amputations, broken bones, head trauma, back and neck injuries.
If you are in an accident with Seattle Streetcar, be sure you notify the proper authorities, so an accident report can be completed. You should also establish medical care right away. Failing to establish treatment can have a negative impact on your claim.
Maintain thorough documentation to support your claim, such as medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages, and repair estimates. Here are some common damages that might be suffered:
- Medical bills – past and future
- Lost wages – past and future
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Long-term disabilities
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim Against Seattle Streetcar
Pursuing a personal injury claim against Seattle Streetcar is not the same as pursuing a personal injury claim against an individual after an accident. Pursuing a claim against a government entity is much more complicated.
You will have to complete a claim form, which is available on the King County government site. You must complete the form accurately and completely then return it to the King County Clerk of the Council for an investigation and determination of liability. The claim will be given a number and it will be assigned to Risk Management. An investigator will contact you and ask for additional information, if applicable.
Your application should include copies of supporting documentation and photos. The claim will either be paid, transferred to a different responsible entity or party, or denied where there is no evidence of liability.
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyers
If you were injured in an accident with Seattle Streetcar, you should consult with a Washington personal injury attorney. Claims against government entities are complicated, so ensure you have the help and guidance that is necessary for a successful claim.
You have nothing to lose because personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to have the details of your case reviewed by an attorney who handles such claims. Get your claim against Seattle Streetcar on track today.
*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 Seattle Streetcar, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.