Most of us take for granted that we will travel to our destination on a SEPTA bus without incident. After all, the drivers who operate these buses are supposedly well-trained, and are supposed to have a good driving record. SEPTA supposedly keeps their buses in good working order. Despite this, there are a plethora of SEPTA bus accidents in Philadelphia, too many in fact.
According to a 2010 bus crash study published by the UM Transportation Research Institute (TRI), "About 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed, on average, in a given year." Those people surviving bus accidents can be left with life-altering bodily injuries, brain and/or spinal cord damage as well as emotional trauma that mal linger for the rest of their lives.
Contributing Factors of SEPTA Bus Crashes in Philadelphia
There are a number of factors that may contribute to SEPTA bus accidents in Philadelphia, including each of the following:
· Mechanical failures
· Improper or Poorly Maintained Buses
· Disregard for Federal Safety Regulations
· SEPTA Bus Driver Negligence
· Inexperience of the SEPTA Bus Driver
· Negligence of the Driver of the Colliding Vehicle
· Poorly Maintained or Hazardous Roadways
Often in SEPTA accidents involving their large buses, a combination of factors plays a role in the accident. However, regardless of who was at fault, as a passenger riding peaceably on the bus, your injuries were no fault of your own.
If you are injured while riding on a SEPTA bus, you're entitled to compensation. You'll need to promptly hire a low contingency fee SEPTA bus accident lawyer if you wish to obtain the maximum possible compensation.
Hiring an Attorney For a SEPTA Accident Case
It no secret that the cost for medical care is expensive. But if you've been injured in a SEPTA bus crash, you may not simply face one or two doctor's visits, but a long and extensive process of physical therapy, surgery, rehabilitation, counseling and other types of treatment. Extensive medical procedures, pharmaceutical costs, lengthy hospital visits can quickly result in staggering medical bills, not to mention the money you lose from being out of work for an extended period of time.
The role of a SEPTA accident lawyer is simple--to work diligently, on behalf of the injured party, to obtain compensation for past and future medical treatment, and to obtain money for lost work and for pain and suffering. While many people may believe SEPTA will quickly come forward to "fess up" and subsequently pay up in the wake of an accident involving one of their vehicles, this is rarely the reality.
The efforts of SEPTA to minimize proper payouts involve rushing clients into accepting a tiny nuisance settlement which would eliminate their obligation to pay for future medical treatment, future lost wages, etc. The bottom line is you need an experienced SEPTA accident lawyer who will take them to the mat.
How a SETPA Accident Lawyer Will Help You
When you hire a low contingency fee SEPTA accident lawyer from our firm, the process starts immediately. This involves investigating the accident scene itself, reviewing the police report, interviewing any accident witnesses, sending an accident reconstruction firm to the accident site, hiring expert witnesses, contacting the doctors for medical information, contacting employers regarding earnings loss information and assembling a demand package to obtain maximum compensation.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a low 29% contingency fee, not the standard 40-45% like other firms. We serve ALL of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We can sign you up over the phone and start working on your case today.
The Lassen Law Firm
1515 Market St #1510
Philadelphia, PA 19102