SEPTA buses crisscross the Philadelphia metro area on a daily basis providing transportation to hundreds of thousands of residents each day. These buses are often full of passengers and can cause significant damage and injury when they collide with other vehicles or bicycles.
Bicycles have a low visual profile, and they can be missed by many drivers even when right in the driver’s field of vision. Added to this is that weight and size difference between the average cyclist and a SEPTA bus, and the risk of serious injury is great. SEPTA busses also frequently cross bike lanes to approach bus stops and make turns – this can lead to an increase bike lane accidents.
Cyclist Seriously Injured in Crash with SEPTA Bus
On Monday, November 25, 2019, around 8:40 p.m., a cyclist was hit by a SEPTA bus while riding on Bustleton Avenue near East Comly Street in Philadelphia. Police at the scene say that the SEPTA bus collided with the cyclist ejecting him from his bike, but they are not sure what caused the collision.
They also said that the cyclist was believed to be a man in his 30s, and he was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.
SEPTA Personal Injury Claims
In Pennsylvania, the government has immunity from lawsuits, however, the same law that gives immunity also allows for some suits, and personal injury claims based on negligence are some of those that are permitted. If a government employee or agent was negligent, the law allows the injured person to make a claim against the state.
However, these claims are a bit more complicated than a typical personal injury lawsuit. The law puts certain limits on the suit, some of them are:
- Damage Cap: A $1 million limit on each accident. If there are several injured, then the money has to be divided up between all those injured.
- Single Injury Cap: The highest amount any one injured victim can get is $250,000.
- Notice Requirement: There is a six-month notice requirement, and if it’s not properly met, it can mean the dismissal of the suit.
SEPTA Bus and Bicycle Injuries
Because of the small size of the bike and rider, the impact of a bus and a cyclist can be devastating causing significant injuries. Aside from the sheer size of the bus, there is almost always a second impact when the rider hits the pavement causing serious injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Severe Concussions
- Wrist Fractures
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Chest Compression
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
- Severe Road Rash
Contact a Philadelphia Bicycle Accident Lawyer.
After any accident involving a serious injury, contact a highly rated Philadelphia Bicylce Accident Lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.