SEPTA Accident Lawyer
If SEPTA caused you or a loved one serious injury, you’ve come to the right place.
- We have more than 20 years of experience helping SEPTA victims just like you win millions of dollars.
- This Is What We Do. Every single day, we handle Pennsylvania transportation liability cases. We have the knowledge and experience to get you the best results possible.
- We have a Success Rate handling cases like yours.
- We get your life back on track quickly while you focus on getting better.
- We go the extra mile for you, including working with insurance companies to make sure your bills are paid on time.
- We care because we know from experience what it’s like trying to live with the consequences of a serious accident. We treat every client the way we would expect to be treated.
- Our NO FEE PROMISE means you pay nothing until we win money for you.
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Philadelphians and tourists take more than 308 million (PDF) rides each year on SEPTA. From the MFL to regional rail, the service sees more than a million trips on the average weekday as residents travel in the city. These trips add up, with passengers racking up more than 1.4 billion service miles each year.
While the vast majority of these passengers arrive safely, accidents do happen. An average of 13 people die each year after a SEPTA train hits them. Regional Rail experienced the highest number of fatalities, with 49 deaths since 2011. Buses and trolleys see their share of accidents, too, and these events cause injuries and even death for unsuspecting travelers.
If you were injured in a SEPTA-related accident, call us. We are Philadelphia’s accident attorneys, and we’re here to make sure get the justice you deserve.
How Common Are SEPTA Lawsuits?
SEPTA deaths and injuries are more common than you think. Victims sue for injuries they received almost daily. For example, in 2014, there were more than 408 SEPTA-related lawsuits filed in the court system. During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, passengers sued SEPTA about 1,400 times, and the company received more than 3,400 claims.
The claims are as unique as the people making them, but every claim means someone’s life is seriously impacted by their injury. Something as simple as a sliced finger can cause permanent scarring and nerve damage, limiting mobility in that digit for the rest of that person’s life.
These legal disputes add up. SEPTA allocates about $43 million (or three percent of its total budget) to paying out legal claims every year. This is a lot of money, but in only represents the passengers who actually file a claim. Many who qualify for compensation don’t try to get it. Why? Because they don’t realize that they have the right to move forward with a claim, or that they can do so without any risk or financial burden. When you work with Console & Associates P.C., we’ll get you everything you deserve.
How Much is My Claim Worth?
In 2011, a new law called the Fair Share Act placed additional burdens on plaintiffs who wanted to sue SEPTA for a negligent injury. This law tightened the rules about determining who was at fault in the accident. To seek compensation from a defendant like SEPTA, you have to prove that the company bears most of the liability, where before, you just had to prove that it bore some. In addition, the law put strict limits on the maximum amount a claim could be worth.
These limits make filing a claim harder, particularly if you try to do it on your own. But when you work with Console & Associates P.C., you have experienced Philly lawyers on your side. We’ve spent years studying this law, and we know how to make sure your claim has a positive resolution.
What Makes Up a SEPTA Claim?
A SEPTA claim is similar to a traditional car or truck accident. We file a claim on your behalf against the transportation company, seeking compensation from their insurance policy. To do this, your attorney will need to know about your injury and how it impacted your life.
SEPTA’s negligence costs you more than mounting medical bills. It also means missed work, pain and suffering, and changes to your daily life. When we file a claim, we look at every way the accident affected you so we get you the maximum settlement you deserve. The damages we look at include:
- Your medical bills, both from the accident and to cover any future treatments as you work toward recovery
- Lost wages due to your injuries keeping you from work
- The long-term costs of your injury, such as future lost wages, job changes, and any negative impact on your family
- Pain and suffering you endured as a result of your injury
Frequently Asked Questions About SEPTA Claims
We understand that filing a claim is a big decision. You want to make sure you have the facts first, which is why we work to answer your questions and guide you through the decision-making process. Here are a few common questions that people ask when considering filing a SEPTA claim.
Don’t Wait to File Your Claim
You shouldn’t have to carry the burden of your medical bills and financial situation alone. Call Console & Associates P.C. today to discuss your SEPTA accident and learn how we can help. If SEPTA was negligent and caused your injury, then it – not you – should pay for your care. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
Remember, to have a qualifying claim, you need to file your notice of intent within six months of the accident. Don’t let your chance at getting the justice you deserve slip by. Call Today!
SEPTA Safety In The News
SEPTA Announces Plan to Revamp Trolleys by 2024
In a step toward increased safety and consideration for riders, SEPTA plans to introduce new trolleys and upgrade their rail line by 2024. This project will cost an estimated $1 billion, but it will make the trolleys more wheelchair-accessible with platforms raised above street level. The project will introduce 120 new cars that are 80 feet long and hold twice as many passengers, compared to the current 53-foot long trolleys used today.
Almost 80,000 Philadelphia residents use the trolleys each workday, so their comfort and safety is essential.
Trauma Surgeons Train for SEPTA Crashes
The doctors at Penn Presbyterian regularly train to respond to mass trauma events, including the August 22 train crash that trapped 41 passengers and left 32 injured. The hospital often sends out surgeons with in-field care bags to provide triage care on the scene. Learn how doctors train for trauma and put all of their resources into a significant SEPTA accident.
SEPTA App Makes It Easy to Report Problems
In 2017, SEPTA launched its Transit Watch app that helps riders report safety issues within 20 seconds. There’s also a two-way communication feature that allows SEPTA dispatchers to give the commuter instructions or take action to help the situation. Downloading this app could help protect you when using the SEPTA transit system.