The Purpose of SEPTA
If you have an accident with or are hurt while riding Philadelphia public transportation, it’s important to understand SEPTA’s purpose. SEPTA serves many functions, including maintaining all public transportation vehicles up to code and making sure passengers are safe.
SEPTA also manages personal injury claims. The agency falls under the umbrella of protection provided by the Sovereign Immunity Act. This act limits the financial liability of SEPTA, with the intention that the public transit system does not go broke after resolving just one personal injury claim.
Personal Injury and SEPTA Accidents
The Sovereign Immunity Act limits the expenses of a personal injury claim to $1 million per accident, regardless of the severity of injuries or how many people are involved. It also limits liability to $250,000 per person injured.
However, SEPTA personal injury claims don’t always involve car accidents with another vehicle:
- Being hit by a public transit vehicle’s side view mirror while walking on a sidewalk
- Being hit by a bus while crossing the street
- Sexual assault while riding public transportation
- Physical assault while riding public transportation
- Injuries from repeated, abrupt stop-and-go motions
Many SEPTA accidents overlap into other types of cases, including personal injury, premises liability, and many others. Whatever the details of your SEPTA accident, we can help you unravel the laws involved and pursue the compensation that will enable you to move on with your life.
SEPTA and the Statute of Limitations
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. To file a claim against SEPTA, the injured party must give SEPTA notice of intent to sue within 6 months of the injury stating the details of the accident and medical information. Also, because Sovereign Immunity caps SEPTA’s payout or damages to $1 million per accident no matter how many people were injured, it is important to file your claim quickly before other victims of a SEPTA accident have been paid out. This small window of opportunity underscores just how important it is to contact us as soon as possible after your accident.
It will take time to collect evidence and build a case proving SEPTA’s liability for what happened. Contact us as soon as possible so that your case has the best possible chance for a successful outcome.
Experienced SEPTA Accident Lawyers
SEPTA accidents can be complicated, especially when it comes to getting full compensation for injuries and damages. Don’t risk your health and wellbeing by overlooking important details.
If you have been in a Philadelphia SEPTA accident, make sure you have the experience and knowledge of the Pearce Law Firm on your side. Please call our office at 215-557-8686 or submit the form at the bottom of this page to schedule a free case evaluation.