What You Should Know About Subway Accidents in California

Being aware of the common causes of subway accidents, what you should do after being involved in an accident, and what your legal options are is the best way to be prepared for any worst-case scenario. Continue reading to discover the best options for your situation. If you have been injured in a subway accident, contact our firm today to discuss what we can do for you. Reach out to an experienced subway accidents attorney to get started.

What are the most common causes of subway accidents in California?

The most common causes of subway accidents are usually caused by negligence. This might include a lack of upkeeping and creating a hazardous environment for subway-goers. The most common causes of subway accidents in California are as follows:

  • Improper maintenance
  • Improper operation
  • Improper design
  • Poor subway security
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Electrocutions
  • Improperly functioning subway doors
  • Defective stairs
  • Defective platforms

What should I do following a subway accident?

Take the following steps after being involved in a subway accident:

  • You will first need to get the attention of an employee of the California Transit Authority to make a formal report of the accident. They should also alert the authorities to arrive on the scene with any appropriate medical assistance.
  • The report should include the condition they found you in, how the accident occurred, and the location of the accident.
  • Seek medical attention to treat any injuries you have received immediately.
  • Any medical documents of your treatment should be put in a place that you will easily be able to retrieve should you need them in a personal injury lawsuit. Be sure that these documents include the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  • Take photos of your accident including your injuries and what caused them.
  • If there were any witnesses, collect their contact information if possible.
  • Ensure that you also receive a document from the employee with the report information.
  • Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options for compensation.

What is the statute of limitations for subway accidents in California?

The statute of limitations in California is two years for a typical personal injury claim. However, if you were hurt by a vehicle that is owned by a public transit district or government entity, you are required to instead file a tort claim before officially taking legal action. The statute of limitations for a tort claim is only 180 days. This is very important to understand because if you wait beyond 180 days, you may be barred from taking legal action. Take action as soon as possible and contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to understand your options. You may be eligible for compensation for your damages. 


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.