Cable Car Accidents in San Francisco

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Cable cars are iconic to the city of San Francisco and are often associated with the City by the Bay in imagery, movies, paintings, literature, and songs. San Francisco cable cars have been around for nearly 100 years and were designed to replace horse-drawn cars on the steep hills of San Francisco. The first cable car system was near the top of Nob Hill, and cable cars are still seen in the city today.

While these beautiful and historic cars are wonderful for transportation and sightseeing, they do still hold potential for accidents just like any other motorized vehicle in the city. If you have been injured while riding on or being near a cable car, you need an attorney who is familiar with the city and the laws governing the area. You need to work with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer from our firm.

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Who Is Liable for Cable Car Accidents & Injuries?

Specific and unique concerns can arise in cable car cases. For instance, these cars are generally privately owned, which means that the normal two-year statute of limitations that applies to most personal injury cases in California may not necessarily apply in these cases. In most situations, victims only have six months to file a personal injury claim against cable car companies.

This is why it is so important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Injuries from cable cars can be very similar to other large vehicle and public transportation accidents. Because of the lack of restraints and proper safety gear, many people find that the impact of a collision can be disastrous and leave victims suffering from serious injuries.

Situations that are unique to cable cars that may cause severe injuries include:

  • The operation of the vehicle on steep hills
  • Driver error or equipment malfunction
  • The open-air feature of the car makes it prone to weather conditions
  • The grip fails to operate on the cable or the jaws do not function properly
  • Riders are able to hang on the sides of the car, causing potential for serious injuries
  • Cable cars operate on roads frequented by cars, tourists, and bicyclists

Pursuing Compensation for Damages and Suffering

Following an accident, you should focus on getting better and recovering, not worrying about the legal complications involved with the city of San Francisco, private companies, and insurance providers. At the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C., we take the time to get to know our clients and their unique situations. Because cable car accidents are a unique situation in San Francisco, you should work with a Bay Area attorney familiar with the city and the laws governing tourist attractions and municipalities.

At the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C., we have been serving San Francisco since 1992 and have assisted countless clients in obtaining significant settlements for their injuries. If you are suffering from an injury caused by a cable car accident, now is the time to get legal help.


Contact the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C. right away. We look forward to standing up for you.