Thursday, April 8, 2010

SF Muni Streetcar Starts Chain Accident, Injures 15 People

Well, here’s another blow to San Francisco’s Muni, one of their streetcars may have triggered a chain accident that injured 15 people yesterday morning.

The crash occurred in Market and Second Streets at about 4:40pm when an F-Market streetcar struck a 10-Townsend bus and launched it to another vehicle.

Ten people were treated on the scene for minor injuries while the other 5 were sent to nearby hospitals for non life threatening injuries.

The 15 injured people can file a personal injury lawsuit against Muni and the city.

Muni streetcars and buses are considered common carriers so even without negligence, they can still be held liable for the damages sustained by the victims.

Since they are common carriers, they are required by state law to exercise a higher level of care to ensure the safety of their passengers.

That responsibility starts once the passenger boards the vehicle until they exit the vehicle in a safe location.

In this case, it looks like they failed to keep that duty.

The injured parties can collect damages for economic damages like medical expenses and lost income, and for non-economic damages like pain and suffering.