Philadelphia Injury Attorney for Common Causes of SEPTA Accidents
Time is of the Essence
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.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq., we have seen a wide range of public transportation accidents and we understand how and why they take place repeatedly. It is our hope that holding SEPTA responsible for the accidents that they are at fault for will not only help the families of the injury victims, but also help prevent future accidents from taking place.
Here are the seven most common causes of SEPTA accidents:
- Operator or driver error
A large number of SEPTA accidents that involve negligence also involve operator errors. For example, a bus driver may cause an accident due to reckless driving, speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence. Operator or driver errors can lead to collisions, pedestrian accidents, and derailments.
- Improper maintenance of vehicles
SEPTA has thousands of different vehicles operating on a regular basis, all of which require frequent and proper maintenance. If a vehicle is not properly maintained, the results can be disastrous. If you have been injured in a SEPTA accident, it is vital to know if the vehicle involved in your accident was properly maintained and cared for in the months and weeks before the incident.
- Improper maintenance of property
Public transportation accidents don’t always involve just the vehicles themselves. Dangerous conditions at bus stations, on train platforms, or around train tracks can cause an accident just as easily as a poor driver can. For example, a passenger waiting on a train platform may fall onto the tracks due to a defect, or a poorly lit bus station intersection may result in a bus colliding with a pedestrian.
- Lack of driver training or testing
Who is at the wheel or behind the controls when we step onto public transportation? Unfortunately, there are cases when drivers and operators may be poorly trained, inexperienced, or even under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is SEPTA’s responsibility to make certain that all operators are correctly trained, sober, alert, and competent.
- Negligent security
SEPTA has a legal responsibility to keep its passengers safe. This includes providing sufficient security at stations and stops as well as along railroad tracks and subway tunnels. If a dangerous area like a train tunnel, for example, is left unsecured, any consequent injuries could be SEPTA’s fault.
- Failure to fix design flaws
If SEPTA was aware (or should have been aware) of a design flaw, the organization is responsible for any accidents and injuries stemming from that flaw. For example, if a bus part was recalled and SEPTA failed to fix or replace it, they could be found negligent for resulting accidents. If a dangerous bus station exit was the location of several previous accidents, SEPTA should have known to fix the problem before more injuries took place.
- Safety violations and regulation breaches
A large number of accidents would never take place if transportation authorities would simply follow the rules, abide by regulations, and make certain that all laws were closely followed. A significant number of public transportation incidents happen because transportation companies attempt to cut corners, cut costs, or shirk responsibilities.
“I will make sure that you obtain the medical treatment you require for your injuries, without you being obligated to pay your medical bills until after your SEPTA injury claim has been resolved.”
- Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq.