TriMet Injuries (Bus and Light Rail)

TriMet provides transportation via light rail and bus in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties. They are a quasi-governmental entity and as such special rules regarding insurance and lawsuits apply to them. If you have been injured in an accident involving TriMet, whether you were riding on a bus or train or were hit by one, you need to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. For answers to questions about TriMet injuries, please see the TriMet Injury FAQs.


While the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit against TriMet is the same as any other personal injury lawsuit, as a public body, Oregon Revised Statutes require that a tort claim notice be filed with TriMet within 180 days of the accident (in most cases). If that notice is not filed, you will lose your right to sue for your injury. Failing to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations and failing to send the tort claim notice are two of the biggest reasons lawyers are sued by their clients. Do not let this happen to you. Be sure to hire an attorney who is versed in the rules regarding lawsuits against public bodies.


Tri-Met Lawsuit Attorney

TriMet is self insured. This means that they do not hire an independent company to determine fault, handle claims and pay for their negligence. Instead TriMet employs their own adjusters and attorneys to process, negotiate and litigate claims. The less money they pay on these claims the better their bottom line. These employees know the rules that apply to TriMet because that is all they do. If you hire an attorney who has no experience handling a TriMet case you are at a disadvantage.


TriMet also contracts out some of their work to independent companies that are self insured. The vehicles may say TriMet on the side and may sport the logo, but in reality, the negligent party may be located in the Midwest and may have their own liability insurance. Knowing who you are negotiating with is a fundamental element of a successful personal injury case.


Most of TriMetís vehicles are equipped with video cameras. It seems obvious, but it bears mentioning, that video evidence can be the most persuasive evidence presented in a personal injury case. Cameras do not lie. Oftentimes these videos protect TriMet from false claims, but when someone is truly injured as a result of a TriMet operatorís negligence the video evidence can be used against them. If you have been injured on TriMet and you have not notified them of your injury, they may destroy this evidence. It is imperative that you contact an experienced TriMet attorney to ensure that your evidence is preserved.


The problematic nature of bus and light rail accidents is that the sheer size and speed of the vehicle, coupled with the number of occupants means that serious injuries, including spinal cord damage, brain injury, bone fractures, concussions, whiplash or similar injuries can result. There are a multitude of elements that can cause a bus accident. These elements can range from negligent driving, an un-secure bus environment, damaged streets and roads, improper bus maintenance, broken bus components, dangerous weather and driving conditions, drug or alcohol use, road rage, and fatigue. Whatever the cause of the accident, as a passenger on public transportation or as a cyclist, pedestrian or driver sharing the roadway, you have a right to a safe environment.


If you or someone you know was involved in a public transportation accident, it is imperative that you immediately contact The Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C. to begin protecting your rights. Call 503-546-0461 or email TriMet Lawyer Josh Lamborn at jpl@pdxinjury.com to schedule a free consultation regarding your case. I will make sure that you receive the maximum compensation for your injury.


Common public transportation injuries: Bone fractures, bruising, lacerations, abrasions, whiplash, herniated/ruptured disk, spinal injury, contusions, eye injuries.


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