Since it started operating in December 2009, the Phoenix Light Rail has been a boon to our city, providing additional transportation options between Mesa, ASU and downtown Phoenix. However, as much as the light rail has benefited the city, it also presents additional hazards to drivers, train passengers and pedestrians. According the Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Light Rail was involved in an accident every six days on average during its first three months of operation. Although the frequency of light rail accidents has significantly decreased as safety improvements have been made and Phoenix drivers have gotten used to it, light rail accidents in Phoenix are still a serious and frightening possibility.
Accidents involving the Phoenix Light Rail can include, but are not limited to:
- Auto accidents, including vehicles that were struck by the light rail at an intersection
- Pedestrians who were struck by an oncoming light rail
- Light rail commuters who were injured on the light rail because it was maintained properly
Light rail/train accidents can result in life-threatening injuries such as broken limbs, disfigurement and paralysis and even death. Moreover, these serious injuries can lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages.
If you’ve been in accident involving the Phoenix Light Rail in which you were not at fault, be advised that you have a limited amount of time to make a claim to recover for any damages resulting from the accident. According to Arizona law, you only have 180 days from the date of the accident to provide official notice to the Phoenix city government. If you fail to file your claim on time or file your claim improperly, you could forfeit your right to recoup expenses stemming from the accident.
If you’re a victim of a Phoenix Light Rail accident, don’t delay in contacting a Phoenix auto accident lawyer such as one of the lawyers at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC. A personal injury lawyer can advise you on the best next steps and make sure your claim is filed and investigated properly to ensure that you get your due compensation under the law. For a free legal consultation, please contact us today.