Proven Philadelphia SEPTA Accident Attorney Ready to Help You
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the sixth-largest public transit system in the United States, carrying millions of passengers every year. Although your mathematical risk of being injured in a SEPTA accident is lower than what you would face if you drove your own vehicle the same distance, that comforting statistic is going to mean little if you are one of the ones injured.
As a government entity, SEPTA is protected by the Pennsylvania Sovereign Immunity Act – basically, it can only be sued to the extent the Act allows, resulting in certain legal quirks that you need to know about. For example, within 6 months of the accident, you must let SEPTA know that a claim is being made. Additionally, filing deadlines are shorter, and strict limitations on damages apply. It is in your best interest to have a knowledgeable and aggressive Philadelphia SEPTA Accident Lawyer from the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, P.C., by your side. I have extensive experience in handling SEPTA accidents.
We help clients with the following types of SEPTA cases:
- SEPTA bus accidents
- SEPTA trolley accidents
- SEPTA train accidents and regional rail accidents
- SEPTA subway accidents
- SEPTA pedestrian accidents
- SEPTA slip and fall accidents
- SEPTA premises liability accidents
While some accidents are unavoidable, others could have been prevented. With multiple regulations and safety requirements in place, how do so many SEPTA accidents happen? The truth is, while public transportation accidents in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania occur for a variety of reasons, many are due to negligence.
Here are the seven most common causes of SEPTA accidents:
- Operator or driver error
- Improper maintenance of vehicles
- Improper maintenance of property
- Lack of driver training or testing
- Negligent security
- Failure to fix design flaws
- Safety violations and regulation breaches
Time Is of the Essence. Act Decisively and Quickly to Preserve Your Claim.
Your choice of Philadelphia bus accident attorney is likely to be the most important decision you make in your case. Remembering this principle is never more important than when you are attempting to squeeze compensation out of a stingy, taxpayer-funded government bureau. With 24 years of personal injury experience under my belt, I know how SEPTA attorneys and adjusters think, and I know how to handle their evasive stonewalling. Of course, depending on the facts of your particular case, SEPTA might not be the only party you can pursue a claim against – a third-party motorist, a product manufacturer, or even a pedestrian might share the blame or hold complete liability. In these instances, my experience can help, too.
The second most important factor in winning your case is the speed with which you take action. When you file against the government, filing deadlines are considerably shorter. If you were in a multi-victim accident, it becomes important to know that compensation limits apply. If you file your claim too late, you could end up with little or nothing.
Why You Need a SEPTA Accident Attorney
A SEPTA accident has a lot in common with other types of motor vehicle and transportation accidents: the terrifying moment you realize you are hurt , the painful recovery, the flood of medical bills arriving in the mail, and the long, hard battle to return your life to normal. However, a SEPTA accident is also much different from other types of transit accidents when it comes to filing an injury claim and securing compensation.
How SEPTA Injury Cases Are Different
If you are involved in a drunk driving accident, you hire a drunk driving accident attorney. If you are in a tractor-trailer accident, you hire a tractor-trailer accident attorney. In the same way, if you are in a SEPTA accident, it is worthwhile to hire a SEPTA accident attorney.
Here are just three ways that SEPTA accidents are different from other transportation and motor vehicle accidents:
- You have less time to file. Because of the Sovereign Immunity Act, injury victims and their families only have six months to file a notice with SEPTA.
- You may face compensation limits. Also because of the Sovereign Immunity Act, you may only be able to secure a maximum of $250,000 for your injuries – no matter how severely you are hurt. If more than one person is injured in the accident, SEPTA may be held responsible for no more than $1 million in damages for all injured parties. A SEPTA accident attorney will be able to tell you if your injury will be subject to compensation limits and sovereign immunity laws.
- You will have to fight against a large organization. Instead of only dealing with the insurance company of another driver, you will be fighting against a government organization – not to mention a government organization that confronts accident claims thousands of times each year. Having an experienced attorney on your side with a similar amount of experience and knowledge is vital.
Because of these large, sometimes complicated differences, it is important to hire a Pennsylvania injury attorney who has experience with SEPTA cases and a track record of success. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, we have both. SEPTA accident claims don’t enforce themselves, of course. The Pennsylvania civil compensation system requires the application of a considerable amount of energy and expertise to turn an abstract personal injury claim into the tangible reality of money in the bank. After two decades handling SEPTA accident claims, however, putting money into the bank accounts of personal injury victims is what I do best as an experienced accident attorney.