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Philadelphia SEPTA/Public Transport Accident Injury Lawyer
When you are on public transit such as a bus or a train, you expect to arrive at your destination safely. Public transportation drivers and operators have the highest duty of care to passengers. But when they fail this duty and cause an accident, the resulting injuries can be serious. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, the law may be on your side by entitling you to compensation.
In the Philadelphia area, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates public transit services such as buses, trains, trolleys, and paratransit vehicles. SEPTA is a state agency; you may have some questions or uncertainties about how you can claim compensation for your transport injuries involving a public authority.
Don’t hesitate to call the Brod Law Firm about your case. We are an experienced personal injury firm with a successful track record in handling accident cases like yours. Our head attorney Gary Brod has worked in this field for over 30 years, helping many SEPTA riders get rightfully compensated. We’ll help you determine the best legal steps to take and then we’ll fight to obtain what you deserve. Consult with the Brod Law Firm for free.
How Do I Get Paid For My SEPTA Accident Injuries?
Unlike regular car accidents where your insurance should automatically cover your injuries, accidents involving SEPTA public transport follow some slightly more complicated rules.
SEPTA is responsible for paying your medical expenses related to the accident, but only up to $5,000. If your medical bills exceed this amount, you will have to file a liability claim.
Even a legal claim, however, may have limits on your compensation: under the Sovereign Immunity Act, SEPTA can pay only up to $250,000 for a single claim or a total $1 million per accident regardless of how many victims there were. This means the money will be divided among all the victims, so you need to act quickly with a competent lawyer to ensure your claim is first considered for compensation.
Other parties alongside SEPTA may also be responsible in an accident. For example, if a piece of bus equipment had a manufacturing defect that led to the crash, the manufacturer may be held liable. The law of comparative negligence will then apply, which means your compensation will be paid by the various liable parties in proportion to how much they were at fault.
The rules regarding SEPTA accidents can be complex, but you can count on the Brod Law Firm to give you clear answers and capably navigate the legal maze to make the law work for you. Talk to us about your accident or if you have any questions at all.
What To Do After A SEPTA Crash
Remember these important “to-dos” as these will support your SEPTA injury claim:
- Seek medical attention right away to properly assess the extent of your injuries.
- Document as much as you can. Write down the bus or vehicle number, the route, and the exact location and time of the crash. Also note where you were seated when the accident occurred.
- Ask for an accident information card, fill it out, and keep a copy.
- Make a mental note of the name and description of the vehicle driver or operator.
- Ask for the names and contact details of witnesses, including any other injured persons.
- Practice caution when speaking of the accident. Do not give any statements. Let your lawyer speak for you.
Choose The Brod Law Firm – Competent And Convenient
The Brod Law Firm has an excellent track record in the field of personal injury, and a primary reason for this is that we are 100 percent committed in representing injured persons. We have seen first-hand how insurance companies work, and we use this experience as an advantage for our clients. More than that, we are fearless in standing up to companies and even public entities.
This combination of commitment, experience, and fearlessness has led us to win maximum compensation for numerous accident victims throughout Pennsylvania.
For your SEPTA accident, you can conveniently reach us at any of our offices serving the Philly area, including Northwest Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia, Cheltenham, Chestnut Hill, East Oak Lane, Germantown, Glenside, Jenkintown, Lafayette Hill, Mt. Airy, West Oak Lane, and Willow Grove.
To make it easier for you, we can come to your location as needed, whether at your home or at the hospital – for no extra charge.
Your consultation with us is free and confidential. Contact the Brod Law Firm online or call our law office today.
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