Subway, Bus, Train & Trolley Accidents in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania
For millions of people in the Philadelphia area, the SEPTA transit system is a regular part of life: a web of routes and tracks that helps connect us to our work, family, friends, and activities. However, there is a dark side to Pennsylvania’s largest public transportation network. Poor maintenance, corner cutting, safety violations, money issues, and plain old negligence contribute to thousands of SEPTA accidents in Pennsylvania each year.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esquire, we are committed to helping the victims of SEPTA accidents and their families recover damages in the wake of a serious injury or death. Due to the Sovereign Immunity Act and other considerations, these injury cases can be complex and confusing. We are here to assist you throughout the process and secure the most compensation possible under Pennsylvania law.
Types of SEPTA Accidents
SEPTA operates five different types of transportation over hundreds of miles of land surrounding Philadelphia. Such a diverse fleet of vehicles and stations also means a diverse set of accidents and injuries. In the past, we have handled cases that involve SEPTA buses, trolleys, trains, and stations. In addition, we have handled cases involving dangerous train tracks and unsecured SEPTA property.
- SEPTA bus accidents
- SEPTA trolley accidents
- SEPTA train and regional rail accidents
- SEPTA subway accidents
- SEPTA pedestrian accidents
- SEPTA train station, concourse, and platform accidents
Types of SEPTA Injuries
SEPTA accident injuries vary widely. One case may involve a concussion from a bus that stopped suddenly while passengers were standing. Another case may involve multiple fatalities from a derailed commuter train. In both of these types of accidents, the injury victims may deserve compensation for their medical bills, their pain and suffering, and the long-term consequences of the accident.
SEPTA injuries may include:
- Lacerations, contusions, and abrasions
- Sprains and ligament tears
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Back injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Crush injuries and severed limbs
- Fatal injuries
Causes of SEPTA Accidents
In a surprising number of accidents, SEPTA or its employees are found to be at fault for accidents. The reasons for accidents range from poor drivers to dangerously designed stations to gross negligence.
Some of the most common causes of SEPTA accidents include:
- 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
SEPTA Compensation Limits & Filing Deadlines
SEPTA injury victims and their families only have a limited amount of time to file their injury claim, and, depending on the details of the case, may only be able to secure a limited amount of compensation. Because of the Sovereign Immunity Act, which protects certain government entities from litigation, it is absolutely critical that you act quickly and assertively in the days and weeks after your SEPTA accident.
Tell Your SEPTA Accident Story to a Philadelphia Injury Attorney Today
More than many other types of accident and injury cases, SEPTA injury claims must be investigated thoroughly and filed quickly. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq., we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you with your public transportation injury case. To schedule a free consultation, speak with Attorney Penneys, or simply ask a question about your SEPTA accident case, call us today at 1-800InjuryLaw (1-800-465-8795) or fill out our free, no-obligation online contact form.