If you suffered injuries in an accident involving a public transportation bus or streetcar in Hillsborough County, Florida, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. Holding a government agency liable for accident-related losses can be a complicated process. A Tampa HART accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help if we believe you have a case against the agency.

Call Distasio Law Firm today to speak with a truck wreck attorney about your case. We provide free case reviews for victims of public transportation accidents in and around Tampa and Hillsborough County.

HART Provides Public Transportation in Hillsborough County

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) provides public transportation across Hillsborough County, Florida. This includes service from:

  • Buses
  • MetroRapid light bus service
  • Vans
  • Streetcars
  • A number of alternative options to meet specific needs

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority may be responsible for your accident injuries if you were hurt when:

  • One of the agency’s drivers caused your traffic accident
  • You were using their services when a collision occurred, and you suffered injuries

If you suffered injuries in either of these situations or have questions about another type of accident involving a HART bus, van, or streetcar, reach out to dedicated Tampa lawyer from Distasio Law Firm. We will discuss your accident with you for free and help you sort out fault and liability in your case. Call now to learn more about your case and your legal options for compensation.

Distasio Law Firm Knows How to Navigate HART Bus Accident Cases

If we decide to work together on your case, a proactive Tampa HART accident attorney from Distasio Law Firm can investigate your accident, build a case, and determine the steps necessary to hold the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority responsible, if possible.

Historically, there was a legal doctrine in place known as sovereign immunity. This prevented victims from holding the government responsible for their injuries. However, per Florida Statutes §768.28, this does not apply to most personal injury cases in Florida. Known as the “Waiver of Sovereign Immunity Act,” this statute allows accident victims to navigate a special process and seek compensation. However, it does create limits on recovery that apply in most cases.

This process is significantly different than the typical claims process used to seek compensation following a traffic accident. The lawyers in Hillsborough County from Distasio Law Firm know how this process works and are committed to helping our clients by managing the steps and focusing on what we can do to make this difficult time easier for them.

We believe it is important to hold Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority accountable for the negligent acts of its drivers. We also believe you should not have to pay for your own medical care and other financial losses when you did nothing to cause the accident.

Let the team of experienced legal professionals from Distasio Law Firm assess your HART crash to determine if we can help you seek compensation and hold the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority accountable.

Recoverable Damages in a HART Accident Claim

When Distasio Law Firm pursues damages for our clients, we use evidence of their accident injuries and expenses to convince the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, their legal team, and their insurer that they caused our client to suffer significant losses. This supports our demand for a settlement that is fair and will compensate our client for their realistic losses.

The damages we may seek on behalf of a client could include:

  • Current and future treatment, care, and related medical expenses for your accident injuries
  • Ongoing care and support costs for catastrophic injuries
  • Current and future lost wages, other income, and related benefits
  • Diminished earning capacity related to permanent injuries
  • Repair or replacement of your damaged car, if applicable
  • Other property damages
  • Additional related expenses
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Mental anguish and other intangible losses

When an accident victim passes away from their injuries, it is emotionally devastating to their family. It can also be financially damaging to their immediate family, who must cover the costs of their care before their death, in addition to their funeral and burial costs. They may also have lost a significant source of household income. Under the state’s wrongful death statute, Florida Statutes §768.21, some family members may be able to seek wrongful death damages from Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, as well.

There Are Many Deadlines That May Apply in HART Crash Cases

In general, the statute of limitations on HART accident cases in Florida, Florida Statutes §95.11, gives us two years for injury cases and two years to file a wrongful death case. However, these are not the only time limits that will apply when we are pursuing a case against a government agency.

There are additional deadlines the diligent Tampa attorneys from Distasio Law Firm will need to meet on your behalf if we pursue your HART accident case. We may only have several weeks or months to notify the agency of your injuries or take other actions. Enlist our help as soon as your injuries allow to ensure we do not miss any important deadlines.

Discuss Your Case with a Tampa HART Accident Attorney

A Tampa HART accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to take action on your behalf and recover compensation from the agency with no upfront expense for your family. We represent HART accident victims based on contingency if we believe they have a case. Navigating a claim against the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority requires an understanding of the process and Florida law that most individuals do not have. Partnering with our firm may reduce your stress and frustration while seeking damages.

You can speak with a team member from Distasio Law Firm for free today. We provide complimentary case reviews for those who suffered injuries in a collision involving a HART bus, van, streetcar, or other vehicle. Call today to get started.


Our main office is here in Downtown Tampa, Florida in the Channelside neighborhood. Office in Wesley Chapel and Largo are available by appointment only.

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