Thousands of people in Philadelphia and the surrounding metropolitan area count on SEPTA, or the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, to get them from place to place safely. SEPTA is the sixth largest rapid transit system in the United States based on ridership (serving around 4.5 million people), and it operates 121 bus routes in the Philadelphia area, most within the confines of the city itself. With the number of buses on the road and passengers on each bus, the chances of an accident involving a SEPTA bus are relatively high, which can be a frightening reality to the number of people who count on them to provide safe transportation. Furthermore, the results of such an accident can have significant effects on those riding the bus.
If you have been injured in a SEPTA bus accident, you need to talk to a personal injury lawyer who specializes in SEPTA cases. Our attorneys have handled many cases involving buses operated by SEPTA and will know the best way to navigate your case. In many cases, you could receive compensation after the accident if you were injured in the accident, whether it was physical, mental, or financial. Our offices have handled SEPTA cases in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties as well as many in the Philadelphia area. Our twenty years of experience means that we are well equipped to handle your particular case.
An accident involving a SEPTA bus can occur for a number of different reasons. A common reason is that a driver is improperly trained or made a mistake while driving. SEPTA bus drivers must complete a certain amount of training and recertification in order to operate a SEPTA bus. However, sometimes this training can be cut short or overlooked in an effort to save money or get more drivers on the routes as quickly as possible, which can cause driver errors. Your experienced lawyer will know what kinds of training the drivers are required to complete and will be able to access documents and records to show whether the driver had successfully completed the training.
Driver fatigue is another issue that frequently causes SEPTA bus accidents. In another cost cutting effort, drivers are sometimes asked to work longer shifts than they should and at odd hours, which can lead to them getting tired behind the wheel and making errors. If they are working longer than the legal hours, your lawyer will be able to find proof of this as reason for the bus accident.
In some cases, the driver is simply driving recklessly and does not care about the consequences, but is still kept as a driver because the budget is tight. A careful search of the driver’s driving record will prove if they have a history of driving recklessly as a way of strengthening your case.
Sometimes, there is an issue with the bus itself. This can be caused by several things, many of which are the result of negligence. The company must keep up with regular maintenance of the buses to keep them running well. They also need to make sure that there have not been any safety recalls of any of the parts of the bus, such as the brakes or the turn signals. Failure to do either of those things could lead to bus accidents if the bus is not functioning properly and the issue was not addressed by the company.
Your SEPTA bus accident attorney will be able to access records to prove that SEPTA and its employees were responsible for the accident, including any ignored recalls or inadequate training of drivers. They will then be able to get the compensation you deserve. We have over twenty years of experience handling cases involving SEPTA buses and personal injury cases in the Philadelphia area, and we will provide you with the best legal representation in order to help you through the process of filing your claim and getting the compensation you deserve for your medical bills and your pain and suffering.
There is a statutory limit on the amount of compensation you can receive from SEPTA, so it is crucial to have a skilled lawyer on your side to make sure you get the full amount. There is also a time limit on when you can file your claim, so do not wait to call our offices to get your case started today.