If you’ve recently been injured by a SEPTA bus or train, you might be wondering what is the best thing to do? What kind of information do you need to get? What about insurance information? Do I need an attorney?
SEPTA, which stands for South East Philadelphia Transit Authority, is the major transit provider for Philadelphia and the counties of Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and Chester and logs over 300 million unlinked trips per year.
With all this travel, there are bound to be accidents and injuries, and when these happen, those injured are often in the dark about how to get compensation.
Four Injured in SEPTA bus and Car Crash in North Philly
A SEPTA bus and car collided Saturday, November 30, 2019, around 11 a.m. According to police, the accident happened at the intersection of North 22nd St. and York St. The impact sent the bus into a utility pole which then collapsed.
It’s unsure how the accident happened or if the four injured were occupants of the bus or the car. Police are still investigating the incident.
The above-referenced accident is an example of how a SEPTA crash can happen. Getting injured by a SEPTA bus means that the “person” responsible is the City of Philadelphia. In some ways, you do the same as any accident and exchange information and get as much information as you can, including pictures but only if physical able.
Cooperate with authorities and get medical treatment. However, during this time, do not speak to anyone from SEPTA or the city or even your own insurance company until you have spoken to an attorney.
Why? Because what you say will be used by the city to make the accident out to be your fault. So it’s best to speak to a professional who can help you proceed without affecting your chances of getting compensation.
Making a SEPTA Personal Injury Claim
Making a claim for compensation against SEPTA isn’t the same as making a claim against a private insurance company. First off, the law protects the city from lawsuits, but still allows certain claims and one of those is a personal injury based on the negligence of one of their employees.
The law allows for an injured person to sue for compensation if SEPTA was somehow negligent in the cause of the crash, but it also places certain requirements and limitations:
- Six-Month Notice Requirement: Anyone injured in an accident where SEPTA is alleged to be at fault, must file a notice of intent to make a claim within six months of incident date.
- $250,000 Per Person Cap: Each injured is limited to an individual cap of $250,000.
- $1 million Damage Cap: Regardless of how many people are injured, the law caps all damages from a single incident to $1 million.
There are also notice requirements and statute of limitations that apply differently than a typical civil suit. Because of this, it is essential that you at least talk to an attorney, and it’s best to hire an experienced attorney to handle the case.
Contact a Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer.
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