Lawsuits Against TriMet
Portland Bus Accident Attorneys
TriMet is Portland’s bus system, short for “Tri-County Metropolitan
Transportation District of Oregon.” It operates 610 vehicles (bus,
light rail, and commuter rail transit services) throughout the Portland
metro. If you were injured while riding a TriMet bus, or injured as a
bicyclist, contact the Portland bus accident lawyers at Paulson Coletti.
IMPORTANT: People injured in accidents involving TriMet need to file a
tort claim notice generally within 180 days of the injury, so contact
a lawyer right away.
Paulson Coletti's TriMet Experience
Attorney Jane Paulson represented a woman who was run over in the crosswalk
by a TriMet bus and lost her leg.
You can read more about that case here.
Can I Sue TriMet?
TriMet is a public agency that is responsible for the safety of its vehicles
and actions of its drivers. If you were harmed by or on a TriMet bus,
we may be able to help you file a claim. TriMet has been sued in the past.
For example, in April 2010 the agency was sued after a TriMet driver struck
and killed two people and injured three others, an accident that prompted
a safety review. The driver operating the bus at the time was not convicted
of any criminal charges, but did get six traffic citations and was fired
bicyclist from North Portland suffered a broken spine when he was hit by a pickup truck. He ended up suing the city of Portland,
TriMet, and the Oregon Department of Transportation, claiming that the
bike lane in that area was much too small and dangerous. This might seem
strange, until you know that TriMet was involved in the redesign of that
stretch of road the bicyclist was injured on (North Interstate Avenue).
TriMet Self-Insures All Commercial Liability
According to TriMet, the agency self-insures all commercial general liability
and auto liability as required by Oregon’s statutes. Because the
agency is self-insured, it does not work with a third-party insurance
agency to file claims, respond to claims, and determine fault. TriMet
handles all its claims itself. This is important for two reasons: a company
will vehemently protect its own interests, and TriMet employees will know
their company inside and out. You need a Portland bus accident attorney
in your corner who knows the law, how to apply it appropriately, and who
Ready to Handle Your TriMet Claim: Paulson Coletti Bus Accident Law Firm
Paulson Coletti is a “Best Law Firms” rated practice that is
ready and equipped to handle even the most complex cases. While many law
firms are content to “dabble” in
personal injury, we thrive on it. Our tenacity and trial-readiness could work to your
advantage if you or someone you love was injured by TriMet. Contact us
today for a free review and learn if you have a case!
Call (503) 433-3524 or fill out a free consultation form to get started.
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