Philadelphia SEPTA Accident Lawyers
At Fox Law, our Philadelphia SEPTA Accident Lawyers have an excellent success rate recovering from SEPTA for our clients’ SEPTA bus, trolley and train personal injury claims. As a former top rated Philadelphia defense attorney for a fortune 500 company, John Fox knows how SEPTA bus, trolley, and train accident claims are defended. Because he knows how they are defended, he knows how to win them. Our Philadelphia SEPTA Accident Lawyers understand the unique requirements when suing a federal agency such as SEPTA.
SEPTA Federal Agency Regulations
Long-distance buses are regulated by the same federal agency that handles commercial trucking, and are subject to strict regulations. Local public transit buses such as SEPTA and school buses are usually operated by a government agency and required to follow the same laws. When transportation agencies such as Amtrak or SEPTA break these laws and cause a serious bus, trolley, or train accident, passengers can sue for their negligence.
Suing A Pennsylvania State or Local Agency
Suing a Pennsylvania state or local agency is more complicated than suing a private business. SEPTA has additional requirements when filing a claim. It is important that Philadelphia SEPTA Accident Lawyers are familiar with the unique requirements when filing a SEPTA bus, trolley, or train accident claim. For example, it is important that SEPTA be put on notice of your claim within 180 days (6 months) of the accident. The Pennsylvania statute of limitations is 2 years, as in any other lawsuit, but when you sue SEPTA, just as is any case where you are suing the City of Philadelphia, you must put SEPTA on notice of your claim within 6 months of your injury, or your claim could be precluded.
SEPTA Defends Bus, Trolley, and Train Accident Claims
SEPTA has their own law department that defends personal injury claims. The attorneys in the department are very experienced and go to great lengths to challenge your claim. In other words, SEPTA will not settle their cases without doing their due diligence.
Over the years, due to numerous fraudulent claims, SEPTA installed cameras in all of their busses and trains and trolleys. Installation of the cameras both helps and hurts SEPTA. The cameras can prove that an accident was minor and therefore, injury should be minimal, or it can prove that someone was really injured from an accident.
PIP Benefits Available through SEPTA
If you are injured on a SEPTA bus, trolley or train, and you do not own your own vehicle, you can be eligible for PIP benefits (Personal Injury Protection Medical Benefits) through Septa for up to $5,000.
Philadelphia Public Transportation Personal Injury Statistics
SEPTA busses, trains, and trolleys are a common form of public transportation in Philadelphia. The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates hundreds of buses, trolleys, and trains daily. In addition to these, there are chartered buses, and thousands of children ride on school buses each day. Statistics show travel by public transportation is very safe in Philadelphia. But when a bus, trolley or train accident does occur, the result is often very serious injury. Bus accidents may also be more severe than car accidents because buses are not often equipped with seat belts.
The most common types of SEPTA Bus, Train, and Trolley Negligence
- Driver negligence
- Defective equipment
- Improper bus maintenance
Fox Law SEPTA Accident Lawyers welcome you to contact us for a free consultation regarding your SEPTA injury case.
No case is too big or too small for an evaluation. Fox Law welcomes the opportunity to represent you. In your consultation, your case will be discussed and the facts will be reviewed and evaluated. If Fox Law accepts your case, it will be handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing. We carry all of the costs and assume all of the risks when we accept your case.
FOX LAW is conveniently located at Two Logan Square in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to Philadelphia County, we serve Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Allentown, and Reading Pennsylvania. For your convenience, John Fox makes house calls, when necessary.