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Holding a Public Entity Financially Accountable for Injury

California law allows its citizens to hold a public entity financially accountable for injury. The first and most obvious source of exposure for public entities would be public transportation such as buses and trains. The Orange County Transportation Authority or OCTA operates the OCBus and the Metrolink train services. If you are injured in an accident caused by an OCTA bus or train, or the LA Metro or Amtrak my law firm can hold them financially accountable and provide the resources you need to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life.

Another example is an accident caused by a municipal vehicle such as a police or sheriff’s cruiser, fire or emergency vehicle. Even if the siren is on, or if the police are involved in a high speed chase the municipality has a responsibility to protect citizens from exposure to risk, and that includes injuries received in an accident.

Public entities can also be held for poorly designed roads, and known hazards that contribute to an accident resulting in injury. For example, poorly designed roads and bridge abutments, inadequate signage, and poor lighting. Public entities are also responsible for uneven surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways around public spaces, hazards in parks and supervision of public playgrounds.

There is a process for recovering for holding a public entity financially accountable for injury. My name is Rivers Morrell and I have more than 40 years of experience representing those who are injured, and the families of victims of fatal accidents involving public entities. I will help you to follow all procedures, including filing a claim with the public entity. Claims must be filed within 6 months of the accident so it is important to contact us promptly for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400.

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