Philadelphia SEPTA Accident Attorneys
SEPTA which is also known as, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, is one of the most heavily used commuter services in the Philadelphia area. On average SEPTA provides transportation to 1.1 million people every day through a series of commuter trains, subways, trolleys, and buses, which connect the suburbs and various parts of the city. Philadelphia SEPTA has an important function; to make sure that those who do not live close enough to work to have reliable and safe means of getting to their work and other destinations.
SEPTA Train and Bus Accidents
Despite their awesome responsibility and a wealth of resources and monopoly in the City of Philadelphia accidents on SEPTA trains, buses, and trolleys are all too common. Hundreds of accidents involving SEPTA are documented every year, and SEPTA has begun to gain an abysmal track record for properly addressing safety concerns. While some injuries on SEPTA vehicles may be minor, others are serious and can even result in death. Under the pressure of SEPTA, many people are unaware that they may be entitled to significant financial compensation for their injuries stemming from a SEPTA accident.
if they were injured in an accident involving SEPTA transportation, and find themselves strapped with medical bills and unable to work. Lawsuits and claims against SEPTA can be very complicated and complex, requiring an attorney with the experience and knowledge to assist you to recover what you are entitled to.
What To Do After a SEPTA Accident
After an accident, many people have to seek medical attention and care, which often results in significant medical bills. Others who are involved in an accident find that they are unable to return to work for extended periods of time when they are recovering. However, many people are not financially prepared to handle an unforeseen medical bill or have the ability to simply take off from work. Accidents involving SEPTA transportation systems are not just reserved for their bus system, any of their transportation services such as their commuter rail service and trackless trolley system can cause an accident. Because SEPTA operates vehicles which are designed to carry multiple people, any accident involving a SEPTA transportation system can produce multiple injuries. Take for example the recent accident involving a SEPTA bus. On July 25, a bus carrying over two dozen people were involved in an accident on Route 113. While the bus was traveling southbound on Lansdowne Avenue, a Jeep passenger vehicle pulled in front of the bus and causes an accident, forcing the bus to collide with a tractor-trailer. This accident highlights that when an accident happens on SEPTA public transportation there are often multiple injuries. News reports indicate that 26 people who were passengers on the bus, along with two pedestrians were injured in this crash.
Accidents may occur on each of SEPTA’s forms of transportation, from buses, buses to commuter rails and trackless trolleys. Just recently there were two different SEPTA bus accidents, one in which a man was run over by a bus. Sadly, pedestrians and SEPTA workers are killed or seriously injured every year after being struck by a moving train, bus, or trolley. Operator error and improper orders or maintenance can lead to two trains or trolleys colliding on the same track. Inadequately trained operators and drivers, and lack of proper maintenance to SEPTA vehicles can also lead to unnecessary accidents and injuries. SEPTA maintenance workers are at a risk of injury due to the dangerous working environment around fast-moving locomotives and high voltage electrical grids. In some SEPTA accidents, a defective product design or defect can be the cause of a catastrophic injury or wrongful death.
In addition to accidents and injuries that occur while on a SEPTA vehicle, there are also countless accidents that occur at SEPTA terminals, station stops, and concourses. Dangerous conditions that are often reported to SEPTA by passengers and pedestrians are often left unfixed for months at a time. Leaky pipes, malfunctioning drains, and improperly maintained and cleaned premises can cause slip and fall accidents. In addition, crumbling walls and ceilings have been reported to collapse on people causing head and neck injuries. While these may be a cause for concern for many people, others are even more surprised to learn that SEPTA controls and maintains several bridges along the commuter rail system. Reports by engineers have cited safety concerns for these bridges and some have been listed as in poor condition.
If You Have Been Injured as a Result of a Septa Accident, Contact a Philadelphia SEPTA Accident Lawyer
Injuries from SEPTA accidents are not something to take lightly. Many of these accidents result in serious and catastrophic injuries, and even death. If you or someone you know and love has been involved in an accident with SEPTA do not be intimidated by their threats of litigation. The accident attorneys of Reiff & Bily strongly encourage you to consult an experienced SEPTA accident lawyer in order to fully protect your rights. SEPTA has been deemed to be a state agency, and therefore there are laws that you must abide by as they pertain to the time that you have to file a lawsuit. Waiting for too long may be detrimental to you, and you may not be able to file a lawsuit seeking the compensation you may be entitled to. As frequent users of SEPTA transportation ourselves, and having worked in the Philadelphia region for over thirty years, our attorneys have a deep understanding of these laws and know the best possible way to get you compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are limits to the amount of compensation SEPTA is required to pay for accidents, so it is important to seek experienced legal advice as soon as possible to make sure you get the damages you deserve. The experienced SEPTA accident lawyers of Reiff & Bily have a proven track record of success and have won hundreds of million dollars on behalf of catastrophically injured clients and their families. We have over three decades of experience representing generations of Philadelphians injured in SEPTA-related accidents.
Contact us today at (215) 274-0072 for a free consultation, and we will determine whether you have a claim.
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