Car and SEPTA Accidents

Living in a metropolitan area the size of Philadelphia can have many benefits, including access to a well-developed and extensive public transportation system that can get you virtually anywhere in the city. While public transit systems can be an effective and economical way to get around, they also inherently create the risk of accidents, especially to people who drive cars or other motor vehicles. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA, operates several mass-transit systems in the Philadelphia area, including elevated trains and subways, commuter trains, trolleys, and buses. When these vehicles are involved in accidents with cars, the injuries that people sustain can be extremely serious. Generally speaking, vehicles used in public transportation are larger than most passenger vehicles, and additionally do not protect their occupants with safety devices such as seatbelts and airbags. As a result, both commuters in public transit vehicles and other cars are at significant risk of injury in the event of a collision. It is important for anyone who has been injured in a car accident involving any type of SEPTA vehicle to contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. The attorneys of The Levin Firm are committed to helping people injured in SEPTA-related accidents recover, and work hard to get each client the best possible result in his or her case.

Helping accident victims recover

There are many different ways a car could be involved in a collision with a SEPTA vehicle. For victims seeking to establish legal liability, it is important to determine who was at fault in causing or contributing to the cause of an accident. In certain accidents, it may be the case that the driver of the passenger car negligently caused an accident with a SEPTA vehicle, while in other cases SEPTA itself or its agent may be at fault. Some of the more common causes of accidents between passenger cars and mass-transit vehicles include the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to follow traffic signals
  • Poorly maintained equipment
  • Negligent operation of a vehicle
  • Faulty train tracks
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Brake failure
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Speeding
  • Driver error

Under Pennsylvania law, common carriers, or companies or transport good or services as their business, are required to exercise a higher degree of care than ordinary drivers. In addition, there are several legal issues that may arise in a SEPTA accident case that are unique to mass-transit accident cases. As a result, it is important for anyone who believes that they may have a claim against SEPTA to discuss their case with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Be sure not to delay, as there is a limited amount of time in which a person injured in Pennsylvania is allowed to bring a legal claim.

Contact a SEPTA accident attorney today for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a SEPTA vehicle, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Potential damages available in a SEPTA accident case could include compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage, among others. The attorneys of The Levin Firm have the legal skill and knowledge required to successfully represent people injured in accidents involving SEPTA vehicles. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us today at (215) 825-5183 or by filling out and submitting the contact form available above.

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