The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is a public transportation service that provides bus, rail, and subway services to the Philadelphia region. SEPTA accidents happen occasionally, and you may be able to recover money for your injuries if you’ve been hurt.
Victims of these types of accidents can face serious injuries that result in medical expenses and other costs that add up quickly, so getting a SEPTA lawsuit settlement is crucial for many. A SEPTA lawyer can help you bring a personal injury lawsuit against SEPTA or its contractors. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering a lawsuit against SEPTA.
Act Quickly to Preserve Your Right to Compensation
Time is of the essence in pursuing a SEPTA lawsuit. It’s important to file your claim within the time limit set forth by Pennsylvania law, or you may lose the right to compensation.
In most cases, you have one year from the date of an accident on public transportation with SEPTA to file a claim for compensation. However, some injuries are excluded from this one-year period and must be filed within two years after they occur.
If you were injured when riding SEPTA’s bus or subway system and don’t pursue your legal rights within these time limits, then you could suffer serious consequences.
Who’s Liable for My Injuries?
Before filing a SEPTA lawsuit, you need to know who the defendant, or the person or entity you’re suing, is. Without this information, you won’t be able to file your lawsuit. If you’re unsure who’s liable for your claim, your lawyer can review the details of your claim and get you the answers you need.
Unsure where to begin? Here are some examples of the parties you may be held liable for your injuries:
- Driver at Fault – If a SEPTA driver was at fault, such as failing to yield right-of-way, then SEPTA should pay for damages caused by their negligence. Their drivers are expected to protect the safety of any passengers, and if they fail to do so, the company can be held liable for negligent hiring.
- Passenger at Fault – If another passenger caused the accident, as a victim, you could possibly still recover from your injuries. This may have been an issue of negligent security, for example, or you may be able to sue if the person intentionally harmed you. Talk to your lawyer about the details of your claim to learn more.
- Maintenance and Other Hazards – Some accidents are caused by a failure to keep the buses or subways safe. For example, exposed wiring, faulty brakes, and broken steps can all contribute to serious injury.
Lawyers Who Understand the SEPTA Claims Process
Our experienced attorneys can help you get a SEPTA lawsuit settlement. Our attorneys will ensure that your claim is filed correctly and that your rights are protected throughout the legal process while checking that all evidence is collected in accordance with best practices.
Don’t wait until the statute of limitations runs out. Complete our online form or call Baratta Law, LLC at 215-914-8132 to speak with a SEPTA lawyer during a free consultation to get answers about your claim.