The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides transportation to over five million people in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Riding with SEPTA is generally safe and effective; however, SEPTA accidents sometimes occur on buses, trolleys, and trains. If you are injured in a SEPTA accident, it is important to contact an attorney or you may lose your right to a successful and fair recovery.
STEPS FOR VICTIMS OF SEPTA ACCIDENTS
If you’re involved in a SEPTA accident, be sure to ask for and fill out an incident report at the scene. Take the driver’s name and write down a description of the driver, including gender, race, height, weight, and any other distinguishing physical characteristics. You should also attempt to collect names and phone numbers from anyone who many have witnessed the accident. Having witnesses to offer consistent testimony is important, particular if you are claiming that the accident was the result of a sudden stop or “jerk and jolt.” If the police come to the scene, be sure to provide the officers with a complete and accurate description of the accident, and any injuries that you sustained. If you require emergency medical assistance, tell the officers or call 9-1-1.
In cases involving SEPTA accidents, the amount of compensation available to victims is strictly limited. As a commonwealth agency, SEPTA enjoys protection under the Sovereign Immunity Act. Available damages are limited to $250,000 per claim and $1 million total per accident, regardless of the number of victims. At PhillyLawsuit, we handle SEPTA cases for Philadelphia residents every day. We always fight to ensure that your claim is one of the first considered for compensation. If you have been injured, it is important that you get a lawyer right away, so that your rights are preserved. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. There are absolutely no fees unless we win.