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Dallas DART Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a recent DART accident, it is important you take quick legal action. You may only have a few months to make a legal claim to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other losses. At Mathias Raphael PLLC Accident & Injury Lawyers, our Dallas personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to obtain the compensation our clients deserve. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

About DART

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is a regional transit agency. Millions of people use the DART public transportation system every year to get to work, school, and social outings. This system connects Dallas and its suburbs through 93 miles of rails and 62 stations, which has cost about $5 billion to date, according to the Dallas Observer. 13 cities are serviced by DART, which has light railway, expresser commuter rail, bus routes, and paratransit services that cover more than 700 square miles.

Liability for DART Accidents

DART is a governmental agency, so claims involving accidents that occur on one of the system’s trains or buses are more complicated than those involving private lines or car accident claims. The Texas Tort Claims Act allows private citizens to circumvent sovereign immunity and sue the agency. However, this law also caps damages at $250,000 for each person injured in a claim against a municipality or $100,000 for a claim against a local government unit.

If you were injured in a DART accident, you will likely file a claim against the agency, which is responsible for its own negligence and its employees, including drivers and conductors. You must be able to show the following to win a claim alleging negligence:

  • DART or its employees had a legal duty to provide you with safe transportation.
  • DART or its employee violated its duty of care.
  • You suffered damages as a result of a DART accident.
  • The accident caused your injuries.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can investigate the accident, determine who is at fault, and gather evidence to establish liability. Evidence may include:

  • Video footage of the accident
  • Photos of the accident scene
  • Statements from witnesses
  • Employment records
  • Maintenance records
  • Reports from accident reconstruction experts

Deadline to File a DART Accident Injury Claim

When you file a claim in Texas against a government agency like DART, you must meet stricter time guidelines than you would contend with in a typical personal injury claim against a private person or business. First, you must provide the agency with a notice of claim within six months of the accident date. This notice must specify the injury you suffered, the date and location of the accident, and your specific damages.

If you decide to sue, you must file your lawsuit within two years of the accident date. If you have any questions about filing a DART injury claim, reach out to Mathias Raphael PLLC Accident & Injury Lawyers for a free consultation. We can explain your legal rights and options.

Call a Dallas DART Accident Lawyer for Help with Your Case

If you were injured in a DART accident, reach out for legal help. Arrange your free consultation by calling (214) 739-0100 or by contacting us online.