When a bus hits a person, the chance of a serious or deadly injury is high. SEPTA buses travel all over Philly with almost a million unlinked trips per day. That’s a lot of people getting on and off the buses mixing with an already large pedestrian pool.
With the buses and people in close proximity, there are bound to accidents with pedestrians, and unfortunately, fatalities.
A man was hit by a SEPTA bus early Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020. According to police, the accident happened around 5:40 a.m. along North Delaware Avenue when a bus struck a pedestrian walking along the road.
The bus was empty at the time, and the driver of the bus wasn’t hurt. EMS responded quickly and transported him to a local hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
If it was the fault of the bus driver, then SEPTA is going to be liable for the losses to the deceased victim’s family. This is called a wrongful death claim, and it is available to the survivors of someone who was killed by the negligence of another person.
In this case, the other person is SEPTA, and the law says that they are responsible for the negligent acts of their bus drivers. The claim allows them to be compensated for the loss of a loved one.
Those who can claim financial losses are the spouse, any children, or those relying on support from the deceased. Usually, this is a family member living with the deceased. The survivors might have been supported by the victim or was the victim’s spouse or parent. Each survivor makes a claim based on their individual relationship with the victim.
The losses of the survivors can be claimed as damages in a wrongful death case. The court will consider how the victim’s life impacted the survivors, and what support or other benefits were lost because of the death. Some of the common damages are:
After any accident involving a serious injury, contact a highly rated Philadelphia SEPTA 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.