A noontime crash involving a private car, a San Francisco Municipal Railway vehicle on the F-Market & Wharves line, and a city bus recently blocked traffic on the city's Market Street for more than an hour.
According to one witness, an eastbound streetcar rear-ended a car, which then got pushed forward into a city bus. The two occupants of the sandwiched car, a woman and child, were taken to the hospital as a precaution. A passenger in the streetcar was also hospitalized but was able to walk into the ambulance. Nine additional people suffered minor injuries, but six of them declined transport to the hospital.
According to local authorities, the cause of the crash remains under investigation. However, it does appear that the streetcar operator pulled the emergency brake just before striking the car. The streetcar operator has been placed on non-driving status pending the investigation, and will also be required to undergo standard alcohol and drug testing.
If you incurred property damage or personal injury from a mass transit accident, your means of obtaining a recovery may not be the same as for typical car accidents. For example, the accident may implicate multiple parties at fault, rather than just the driver. You may be able to bring a claim against all individuals or governmental entities responsible for the ownership, maintenance, loading and operation, and licensing of the city vehicle. A government vehicle might also carry a large insurance policy, which means any claim you file may be reviewed by a team of lawyers and investigators working for the city.
For all of these reasons, it is important to have an attorney by your side who understands the complexities of bus accident litigation.
Source: Mercury News, "San Francisco: Three hospitalized, 9 injured when car is smashed between two Muni vehicles," August 3, 2012