On Friday, August 17, 2018, a man was allegedly hit while exiting a SEPTA bus. The collision took place on Broad Street in North Philadelphia around 9:30AM.
According to 6ABC, witnesses say the person operating the dump truck never saw the pedestrian and ran him over.
Tragically, the 50 year old man was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital. Our deepest condolences go out to this man’s family.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Hopefully you never have the experience of losing a loved one in a crash like this. If you do, you should be aware of what is called a wrongful death claim.
A “wrongful death” occurs when the act, omission or misconduct of another (either an individual or company) results in the death of a human being. Wrongful Death Claims can be brought by the survivors and/or beneficiaries of the deceased. This usually includes children, parents, and spouses.
NOTE: Seeking compensation is almost always the last thing on everyone’s mind, however, if your loved one’s death was caused by negligence, it may be advisable to consult with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights. That’s because insurers do not like wrongful death claims and often try to figure out ways to shift the blame of the crash to the person who was hit before the dust even settles.
Filing Claims Against SEPTA
In the event the crash is SEPTA’s fault, or is partially SEPTA’s fault, injury victims or their families who wish to hold SEPTA liable should be aware of how SEPTA accident claims work and Pennsylvania’s Sovereign Immunity Act. While personal injury claims in Philadelphia normally have a two-year statute of limitations, SEPTA accident claims have a special 6-month notice requirement under the law.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed while boarding or exiting a SEPTA bus, it is very important to speak to a highly rated and skilled attorney such as Edith Pearce who understands how SEPTA works.
Filing Claims Against Dump Truck Companies
Dump trucks are difficult to maneuver and difficult to stop. They rear-end vehicles and sideswipe others. They have large blind spots and can hit cyclists and pedestrians. Filing any type of claim against a trucker is much different than filing a claim against a driver who ran a red light and hit you. That’s because there are often many parties involved, such as the dump truck company, the dump truck driver, the trucking contractor and the owner of the dump truck.
If the operator of a dump truck hits you, your going to want to speak to a seasoned injury attorney. The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. has successfully litigated multiple claims against trucking companies.
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If you were injured or a loved one was killed in any type of crash in North Philadelphia involving a truck, bus, car, Uber, bicycle or as a pedestrian, contact us for a free consultation. We’ll explain your rights and your options while keeping your best interests in mind.