Pennsylvania Lawyer for SEPTA Accident Wrongful Death Claims

When you travel on public transportation, you are putting your safety into someone else’s hands from the time you step into a station to the end of your ride. Although there are extensive laws and regulations in place to keep you from harm, fatal accidents involving the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) happen each year. While some of these deadly accidents are not the fault of the transportation authority, many could have been prevented by SEPTA.

SEPTA wrongful death accidents take many forms:

  • Bus accidents
  • Train accidents
  • Trolley accidents
  • Subway accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and fall/premises liability accidents

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, we can never fully understand the heartache of those who have lost a loved one in a fatal SEPTA accident. However, we can help. We are dedicated to making certain that the at-fault parties in these incidents take responsibility for what happened and that similar accidents are prevented in the future.

Examples of SEPTA Wrongful Death Claims

  • In April 2010, 68-year-old Leonard Sedden was aboard a SEPTA bus traveling from the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby to the Frankford Transportation Center in Philadelphia. Although the bus driver found that Sedden was unresponsive, sitting in his own urine, and drooling, SEPTA authorities told the driver to finish his route. Sedden was pronounced dead hours later. The wrongful death lawsuit that followed claimed that SEPTA failed to recognize an emergency, failed to give needed medical assistance, and ultimately caused Sedden’s death.
  • In December 1997, Decedent William Carter, Jr., was struck and killed by a morning SEPTA trolley. His daughter, Angel Carter, successfully filed a wrongful death lawsuit against both SEPTA and the driver of the trolley, Ronald Koran.
  • In May 2007, 19-year-old Brian Breskman was crossing the tracks that lie south of the Rosemont stop on the R-100 trolley line when he was electrocuted by the third rail. An oncoming trolley then struck his body. The wrongful death suit filed by his family claimed that there were no fences, lights, or visible warnings about the deadly danger.
  • In August 2012, a woman entered the Lombard-South subway station after closing time, fell onto the tracks, and was electrocuted by the third rail. Her SEPTA wrongful death claim stated that negligent security was the reason she died. If the doors of the building had been locked, or if someone had been manning the station’s security cameras, the fatal accident would have never taken place.

Who Was at Fault for Your Loved One’s Fatal SEPTA Accident?

As you can see, SEPTA wrongful death cases take many forms and not all accidents involve vehicle collisions. In addition, you may notice that, although some of these cases involve a victim who may have contributed to the accident, SEPTA still had a legal responsibility to keep these people from harm.

It may at first be unclear who was responsible for a fatal SEPTA accident. These tragic cases require a full and thorough investigation of the facts, including witness statements, route schedules, and medical records. Perhaps the best way to better understand your individual case is to speak with an experienced SEPTA wrongful death attorney.

Contact a SEPTA Wrongful Death Attorney Today

SEPTA-related deaths need to stop. One of the best ways to prevent these accidents from happening is by holding SEPTA responsible for their mistakes, safety violations, and negligence. We are passionate about helping families get their stories heard and receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

We encourage you to share your story with us. Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq., today to schedule a confidential, no-obligation meeting with an experienced SEPTA wrongful death attorney. Begin by calling 1-215-771-0430 or by filling out the short case review form.