Lawyer for Streetcar Accidents
Attorney John S. Williams can get you maximum compensation
New Orleans streetcars are an iconic symbol of the city and offer a great form of public transportation to residents and tourists alike. Unfortunately, accidents involving streetcars are inevitable – and sometimes people get injured as a result.
Whether you were hit by a streetcar in a pedestrian accident, got into a car accident with a streetcar as a motorist, or you were injured as a passenger while riding on a streetcar, it isn’t always clear what you’re supposed to do to recover compensation for your damages.
Cases involving streetcar accidents are often complex. You need to hold the correct party legally responsible for your damages and you need to file your claim in the correct jurisdiction or risk missing important deadlines, known as the statute of limitations. In New Orleans, the statute of limitations in cases involving personal injury is one year from the date the injury occurred.
If you were injured in a streetcar accident, call The Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC right away. Attorney John S. Williams can manage every aspect of your claim and hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence. Whether it’s at the negotiating table or in the courtroom, John will aggressively advocate for your best interests and fight for what’s right, what’s fair and what’s just.
Who operates streetcars in New Orleans?
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) operates streetcars in New Orleans and currently has five streetcar lines, including:
- St. Charles Streetcar
- Canal Streetcar (two branches)
- Riverfront Streetcar
- Rampart Streetcar
Along with its streetcar lines, the RTA system has over 30 bus routes, two ferry routes, and offers paratransit services. Passengers of the RTA system take more than 19 million rides every year
What are common causes of streetcar accidents?
Most streetcar accidents in New Orleans are caused by other drivers turning left over streetcar tracks and in the path of an oncoming streetcar, according to NORTA. Intersection accidents are also common.
While other motorists can cause an accident with a streetcar, it doesn’t necessarily mean the streetcar operator didn’t do anything wrong to cause the crash. The operator may have been speeding, not paying attention to the road, or otherwise negligently operating the streetcar at the time of the accident. There are many different factors to consider when determining liability in a streetcar accident because there are multiple parties that may be held legally responsible for the crash.
Let a New Orleans streetcar accident attorney guide you
Liability for a streetcar accident can fall on everyone from the streetcar company to a third party, such as another driver involved in the crash. If you were injured in an accident with a streetcar or as a passenger on a streetcar, you may not know who’s responsible for paying your accident-related expenses. The longer you wait, the more you run the risk of missing important deadlines and losing out on the compensation you deserve. That’s why many make the choice to hire a lawyer for help.
Attorney John S. Williams is known for treating clients like family and getting results. He knows how to build strong cases and will be there for you throughout every step of the process.
Located on Canal Street, The Law Offices of John S. Williams serves clients in New Orleans and offers legal representation on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay us nothing unless we make a financial recovery in your case. Contact us today to learn more.