On Friday, September 28, 2018, a horrific crash occurred in Frankford. A SEPTA bus hit a 12yr old boy outside of Warren G. Harding Middle School. After the crash, the boy was rushed to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children where he later passed away.
We are deeply saddened to hear of this tragic, devastating crash.
Drivers are Responsible for Using Special Care Near Schools.
According to NBC Philadelphia, SEPTA says that the boy “ran in front of a Route 25 bus“.
While we’re not exactly sure what happened in the crash above, we’ve written in the past about the scenario of children darting in to traffic near schools. In that article we explain that Pennsylvania Courts have held that a driver of an automobile must exercise the care reasonably necessary to avoid an accident when approaching a place where there is reason to anticipate or expect that children may come into a place of danger.
This crash occurred around 3:15PM. Anyone who travels Torresdale Avenue on a regular basis knows that that there are children leaving Warren G. Harding Middle School around this time.
What You Should Know About Filing Claims Against SEPTA.
While we hope you will never need this information, if you are ever injured by a SEPTA bus or a loved one is killed by a SEPTA bus, you should know that SEPTA will conduct an investigation. That investigation could show that they are not responsible. In fact, in many cases they may even attempt to blame the person who was hit. Thankfully, that investigation and other police reports have little to do with what an experienced attorney will tell you and possibly nothing to do with the outcome of your case.
There are also special time limits to notify SEPTA of your intent to file a suit against them, and there are Sovereign Immunity caps against SEPTA as well. And in many cases, there are parties at fault in addition to SEPTA. More information about this is available on our SEPTA accident page.
You Should Contact a Lawyer.
If you or a loved one is involved in a SEPTA crash, people should consult with attorney who focuses on personal injury law and understands how SEPTA claims work. Just like a real estate agent holds your best interests in mind, good attorneys do as well. Personal injury attorneys in our area provide a free consultation after a crash. That consultation will arm you with knowledge on how to best proceed to either compensate your for your medical bills or seek justice on your loved one’s behalf. If you decide to retain an attorney, they should collect evidence and hold anyone and everyone responsible who may have contributed to the crash.
Contacting a lawyer is likely the last thing on your mind after being hit by a bus or after a loved one is hit by a bus. No settlement or lawsuit is ever going to take the indescribable pain away from a crash like the one mentioned above, but if the bus driver was negligent, it’s important to take action to take steps to prevent this from happening again and hold any negligence parties liable.