The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) consists of buses, trolleys, and the Regional Rail that run throughout Greater Philadelphia. SEPTA accidents can involve large groups of victims and filing a claim against SEPTA involves extensive bureaucratic procedures that do not apply to other types of cases. You will not want to go through these procedures on your own and a local personal injury law firm can help.
Unlike regular car accidents, bus accident claims involve much more complex legal issues, including who should be held responsible for the accident depends on the condition of the bus, federal safety standards, the bus driver’s licensing, and/or substance abuse issues. Reach out to a Philadelphia bus accident lawyer today.
What type of bus accidents do our lawyers handle?
SEPTA may be the most common carrier in Philadelphia, but Greyhound, Megabus, school buses, and other bus companies also operate throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Who is liable for a bus crash?
Depending on the specifics of the bus accident, one or more individual or entity could be responsible. Even if the driver was at fault for the accident due to something such as distracted driving or fatigue, it is possible that the bus company could be held liable under the doctrine of vicarious liability.
Vicarious liability refers to a situation where the employer will be held responsible for the acts or of its employees. The responsibility could also fall on the bus company, the servicing company, and/or the mechanic if it is proven that the bus was not properly maintained or serviced.
What type of compensation is available after a bus accident in Philadelphia, PA?
No accident is the same, so it is difficult to say what you are entitled to without all of the facts. However, here are some of the damages that you may be entitled to recover:
- Hospital and medical expenses
- Damages to your vehicle
- Lost earnings due to hospitalization and/or injuries
- Permanent physical disability
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
I was involved in a bus accident. What should I do to make sure my case runs well?
After a bus accident, follow these steps:
- Get medical attention
- Obtain a form from the bus driver to report your injuries
- Gather all the information you can, including the bus driver’s name and any license plate info from any other drivers involved in the accident
- Get names, number and address of any witnesses to the accident
- Note the route you’re on, and the time, bus number, and place of the accident
- Take pictures of the scene
- Explain all injuries to your doctor.
How can working with a top bus injury law firm help me win my case?
The most important factor needed to win a bus accident case is proving negligence. You will need to show that the bus was negligent in a way that caused you harm.
This can be achieved by showing a breach of safety laws or unreasonable carelessness in the way that the vehicle was driven. The bus driver may have been negligent in the crash, which would potentially make the driver, and the entity employing him, responsible for your losses.
If another vehicle struck the bus and caused the crash, you could pursue a claim for damages from that driver. It is also possible that the manufacturer of the vehicle could be held accountable for losses if there was a problem with the bus or train and its parts.
Our team has the experience needed to prove negligence – and we leave no stone unturned when investigating, whether it be a breach of safety laws or unreasonable carelessness in the way that the vehicle was driven. We thoroughly investigate each case, and our efforts help us work towards the best outcome possible.
Contact A Philadelphia Bus Accident Attorney From KaplunMarx Today
At KaplunMarx, a skilled bus crash attorney will investigate the scene, examine evidence, contact the insurance and bus company to get all of the information that is needed for your case. We will also do everything we can to identify the negligent party and hold them responsible for the injuries and costs that resulted from the accident.
If you are involved in a bus accident that also involved other victims, there is a portion of the bus company’s insurance coverage that you are entitled to. To ensure that you get your fair share of this coverage, you will need Philadelphia bus accident lawyer to work on your behalf.