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Valley Metro is a regional transportation agency that provides transit services to Phoenix, Arizona residents. Unfortunately, accidents involving Valley Metro trains can, and do, occur. These accidents may result in catastrophic injury and property damage.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of Valley Metro, you may be entitled to compensation. Call one of Zinda Law Group’s personal injury lawyers today to discuss your case. We have the knowledge and ability necessary to help get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call our personal injury lawyers today at (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free consultation.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIGHT RAIL ACCIDENTS
Light rails are typically safe, reliable modes of transportation. They are a great way to avoid traffic, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money. This does not mean, however, that they are free of all danger. There are many different types of accidents that may occur on, or due to, a light rail. Below are examples of different types of light rail accidents:
- Slipping or falling due to sudden stops
- Tripping due to poorly maintained rail cars
- Accidents due to mechanical failure
- Accidents due to electrical malfunction
- Accidents due to equipment failure
- Collisions due to operator error
- Track failure
- Striking a pedestrian due to poor lighting
These are only a limited number of potential accidents that may occur due to a light rail. No matter the cause, if you have been injured due to the negligence of a light rail operator, light rail company, or equipment manufacturer, contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. We may be able to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today to begin your claim against Valley Metro.
WHAT KIND OF COMPENSATION MAY I RECEIVE?
If you have been injured in an accident involving Valley Metro, or any other public transportation agency, you may be wondering if you can receive compensation for your injuries or property damage. There are two main types of compensation, or “damages” that you may be entitled to. Each case is different, and a specific amount of compensation cannot be guaranteed; however, Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys have helped countless motor vehicle accident victims get compensation for their injuries.
The two different kinds of damages that you may be able to receive are described below:
Economic damages are meant to compensate the victim for their actual, monetary losses. These kinds of damages are easily added up by combining receipts, bills, invoices, and other fees. Examples of economic damages may include medical expenses, lost earning capacity, and household services.
Medical expenses are all of the costs that arise out of the injuries caused by the accident. For example, this may include surgical costs, your hospital stay, and any future medical expenses that may develop in the future. Future medical expenses are only permitted if the victim can prove that he or she will need future medical care due to the original accident. One way to prove the need for future medical care is through expert testimony given by the victim’s treating physician.
Lost earning capacity
Lost earning capacity may be able to be recovered if the victim can prove that his or her ability to earn money has been impaired due to his or her injuries. As with future medical care, you may need to present expert testimony to prove loss of earning capacity. The expert should be able to consider the victim’s age, health, talent, past earning capacity, training, and more, to determine if there has been a loss in earning capacity.
A third kind of economic damage that you may be able to recover is household services. This may include any out-of-pocket costs the victim suffered after he or she had to hire another individual to help with household services while the victim was recuperating. Typically, you will only be able to recover damages for the cost of services you would not have incurred if you had not gotten hurt. This may include pet-sitting, for example.
Non-economic damages are less concrete than economic damages and are not meant to compensate the victim for his or her out-of-pocket expenses. Non-economic damages are typically subjective and evaluated by the jury. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damage to reputation
- Loss of consortium
Getting into an accident with a bus, light rail, train, or another commuter vehicle can lead to serious physical injury, as well as substantial mental harm. These traumatic accidents may leave the victim unable to enjoy day-to-day activities. Although it may be more difficult for a jury to determine non-economic damages, a Zinda Law Group attorney may be able to fight for you in court to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of activities, and more.
If you have been injured by Valley Metro, contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyer today. We may be able to investigate your accident, determine who is at fault, and may begin your case against Valley Metro in Arizona as soon as possible to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage.
HOW TO HANDLE YOUR ARIZONA VALLEY METRO INJURY CLAIM
If you suffered an injury due to the negligence of Valley Metro, you may be entitled to compensation. Below are the steps you should take following an accident with Valley Metro:
Seek Medical Attention
The first step after any kind of motor vehicle accident is to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Your adrenaline may be running high, which can mask serious internal injuries. It is important, therefore, to see a medical professional as soon as possible following the accident. Further, a medical professional will be able to create an official medical report. This report may contain all of your injuries, no matter how slight, along with their costs. This report may come in handy as evidence in your Valley Metro lawsuit and may help you get the maximum amount of compensation available in your case.
Document the Scene
After you have sought medical attention for your injuries, you should document the scene of the accident. This includes taking pictures of all of your injuries and property damage, as well as the area around the accident. These pictures may help you show fault in your lawsuit. It is also important to write down everything you can remember about how the accident occurred, as well as what happened immediately following the accident. Do not count on remembering every detail later on, as your memory may fade before your case makes it to court.
Determine the At-Fault Party
To be successful in your Valley Metro injury claim, you must be able to show who is at fault for the accident. For example, the accident may be caused by an inattentive or distracted train operator, faulty rails, or by the company’s failure to properly maintain its trains. It may be difficult to determine who, or what, is at fault for your injuries. Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to help investigate your unique case.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
The legal process can be complex and complicated. A personal injury attorney may be able to help ease you through this process and may increase your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries. Our experienced Zinda Law Group attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to investigate your case, negotiate with insurance companies, fight for you in front of a judge, and much more. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Let us help you with your case against Valley Metro in Arizona.
CALL ZINDA LAW GROUP TODAY TO SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
Getting into any motor vehicle accident can be a traumatizing event. At Zinda Law Group, we understand that you may be going through a difficult time. That is why we are here for you every step of the way. Further, we believe that you should not have to worry about expensive legal costs on top of your already hefty medical costs. That is why we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will cover all legal fees and associated costs upfront. You do not pay us unless we are successful in winning your case.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a public transit company, such as Valley Metro, we may be able to help. Contact one of our experienced attorneys today at (800) 863-5312 to discuss your claim against Valley Metro. Consultations with our Arizona personal injury attorneys are always free to you. Further, you do not pay us a thing unless we are able to get you compensation in your unique case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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