The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA), is a vast transit system in the state and one of the largest in the country. Per SEPTA’s statistics, 334 million trips were taken and that shows that the public relies heavily on the service to get around Pennsylvania.
Sadly, accidents happen. Whether it is on the train or bus, these accidents are often catastrophic. The causes of these accidents can vary, but the information is fascinating nonetheless to hear. If you are riding on SEPTA or any form of public transportation, it is important that you know these common facts, but also your rights so that you can be protected in the event you are involved in an accident.
Fact One: Morning Accidents are More Common
Most bus accidents occur before noon. This is because rush hour brings out numerous vehicles and motorists in a rush to get to work. SEPTA buses are on the streets, highways, and making numerous stops so that they may pick up people on the way to work.
Certain factors contribute to the increased SEPTA accidents in the morning, including:
- Drowsy drivers
- High volumes of traffic
- Buses merging onto the streets and highways
- SEPTA buses running late
Fact Two: Location
Accidents do occur during the morning hours, but it also depends on the location. Many motorists fail to observe buses or understand how they operate in traffic.
Typically, these accidents occur when a bus is pulling into traffic or attempting to reach a bus stop. Also, drivers ignore buses at the stop only to find that they pull out into traffic.
Fact Three: Types of Crashes are Common
The types of SEPTA crashes are common too. Most motor vehicle-to-bus accidents are at slow speeds, but the passengers on the bus are often left with the more severe injuries because they do not have restraints or protections like those in the passenger vehicle.
The most common types of accidents include:
- Left side impacts
- Rear-end collisions
Fact Four: Injuries are Surprising
Bus passengers are safe during a collision. However, in high-speed impacts, they do not have the same protections. Therefore, these injuries can be catastrophic. When the bus suddenly stops, the passengers can be thrown about. These injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
Fact Five: It is Best to Hire an Attorney
These injuries can be catastrophic and receive compensation from a government entity is difficult. Therefore, it is best to consult with an attorney that has handled a SEPTA claim.
SEPTA injuries require that you file a special claim with the government, but also that you have an incident card proving that you were present at the accident scene.
To explore your options, speak with Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq on his cell phone at 215-771-0430 for his cell or toll-free at 800-465-8795 or the office direct line at 215-987-3550. You can also request a consultation online.