Thousands of people rely on the public transportation system in Philadelphia every day. Each year, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides millions of rides to residents and visitors to the city on its buses, subways, trains, and other forms of public transportation. With that many vehicles transporting thousands of people each day, accidents are inevitable. Sadly, some of the bus accidents and public transit injuries will be fatal.
If you are injured in a bus accident or while riding public transportation, it is essential to know your rights. Personal injury claims involving SEPTA are different from other injury claims. Because buses, trains, and other public transportation vehicles are considered common carriers, they owe a heightened duty of care to their passengers. However, because SEPTA is a government agency, it does enjoy some immunity from specific actions. There are special rules for suing government agencies.
Our Philadelphia bus accident lawyers have a unique understanding of the laws governing claims against SEPTA for bus accidents and other public transportation injuries. We have extensive experience handling these types of personal injury claims, so we understand the individuals and parties involved in claims and litigation. If you were injured while riding a bus or other public transportation in Philadelphia, our law firm may be able to assist you in filing a claim and recovering compensation for your injuries and damages.
Understanding the Challenges of Filing a Bus Accident Claim
There are compensation limitations for claims involving a SEPTA bus, subway, train, trolley, or rail case. The Sovereign Immunity Act limits the amount of compensation for damages that can be paid for any one claim. The cap on compensation applies regardless of the number of people injured in the accident.
Therefore, you need to hire an attorney who understands the system and who can act quickly to have your claim considered for payment. There is also Pennsylvania’s Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, which applies to Philadelphia and caps the city’s damages. Understanding the difference in these acts is essential to ensure that the correct claims are filed to maximize your chance of recovery for a public transportation injury claim.
You may be entitled to significant compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional distress. However, if you do not follow the procedures and laws for filing SEPTA claims, you may lose your right to recover compensation for damages.
Why Choose Pansini, Mezrow & Davis as Your Philadelphia SEPTA Attorneys?
Our Philadelphia bus accident lawyers have developed substantial resources, skills, and knowledge through handling numerous claims against various public entities. We understand the incredibly short deadlines, requirements, and specialized legal issues involved in filing claims regarding SEPTA accidents and injuries.
We also understand that we must be determined and steadfast if we are to recover the highest settlement award possible for our clients.
You need an attorney who understands these matters, and also, knows how to win. Our lawyers have represented thousands of clients in injury claims. We have resolved over 50 cases in excess of $1 million each. In ten cases, the value of the claims was over $10 million each. Our mission is to understand and accomplish your goals while maximizing your recovery for an injury claim.
SEPTA claims are unique. An attorney must know when it is best to settle a claim or take the claim to court. Because of the unique laws protecting government entities from liability claims, it can be a difficult and complicated decision. Be assured, our attorneys never run from a fight, even when the opponent is a government entity with limitless resources to fight a claim. We will do whatever it takes to protect your best interests, even if that means facing the government in a courtroom.
Throughout the process, we keep you informed of each step and the progress made in your case. Our lawyers discuss each option with you and provide guidance and support as you decide what is best for your situation and your family.
Contact our Philadelphia Bus Accident Lawyers Today for a Free Case Review
Get the facts you need about bus accidents and public transportation injuries from trusted injury advocates in Philadelphia. We are dedicated to fighting government entities and all adversaries standing in the way of you receiving fair and just compensation for a bus accident or other public transportation injury.
Call 1 (215) 732-5555 to schedule a free consultation with a Philadelphia bus accident injury lawyer to discuss your case.