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Trolley and SEPTA Accidents

Philadelphia is home to one of the most extensive mass-transit systems in the United States, including elevated trains, subways, commuter rail, and buses. The public transportation system in Philadelphia is operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, also known as SEPTA. One of the more unique features of our public transit is the presence of trolleys and trolley buses in the Philadelphia area. While these vehicles can be efficient and convenient modes of transportation, they can also be involved in accidents that have the potential to result in serious injury to the people involved. Trolley accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and may involve the trolley car itself or collisions with vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, or objects placed on the trolley tracks. In addition, these accidents can injure people both inside and outside of the trolley. Because of the complicated legal issues that can arise in trolley accident cases, it is important for victims of trolley accidents to retain the services of an experienced SEPTA accident attorney as soon as possible. The personal injury attorneys of The Levin Firm are dedicated to helping people injured in SEPTA accidents recover, and know how to get their clients the maximum compensation possible quickly and efficiently.

Helping trolley accident victims recover for their injuries

Trolley accidents can result in serious injury and can even be fatal. As a result, victims and their families may be entitled to receive financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Some of the types of damages that may be available after a trolley accident include compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost income, among others. To establish legal liability in a trolley accident case, it is extremely important to determine how and why an accident occurred. Some of the more common causes of trolley accidents include the following:

  • Sudden starts or stops made by the trolley driver
  • Other drivers colliding with the trolley car
  • Pedestrians or bicyclists who cut in front of moving trolley cars
  • Driver error
  • Negligent operation of the trolley car
  • Poorly maintained trolley cars
  • Worn trolley tracks

Because Philadelphia’s trolleys are operated by SEPTA, a variety of complicated legal issues arise when a victim of an accident asserts a legal claim. As a common carrier, SEPTA is required to maintain a higher standard of care in operating its various forms of transit than others. In addition, as a state agency, SEPTA may attempt to asset a claim of sovereign immunity, a legal doctrine that bars lawsuits against the state or its subdivisions. Because of these and other specialized legal issues that may arise, it is important that anyone who has been affected by a SEPTA trolley accident consult with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.

Contact a trolley and SEPTA accident attorney today for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a trolley or other SEPTA vehicle, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. The attorneys of The Levin Firm are dedicated to helping the victims of SEPTA accidents recover for their injuries, and work hard to get each client we represent the compensation they deserve. We provide individualized representation and understand how important it is for victims of negligence to obtain justice through the legal system. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us today at (212) 825-5183 or contact us through the online contact form available above.

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