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Mass Transit Accidents

mass transitAs anyone who commutes in Philly can attest to, driving into the city can be quite stressful. That’s why many commuters opt for public transportation — it’s convenient, you don’t have to worry about rush hour traffic, and you can relax.

But when you are involved in a mass transit accident, the results can be devastating. You may be worried about what will happen next. Who will pay your medical bills? What about your job? How will you recover?

Your first course of action should be contacting the Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton mass transit accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli. With almost 20 years experience in personal injury law, our attorneys can get you the compensation you need pay your expenses and help you get back on your feet. Whether you were involved in a city bus accident or involved in a SEPTA train derailment, our accident attorneys are ready to help you in your time of need.

The Difference Between an Auto and a Mass Transit Accident

Unlike getting into an accident with a car or truck, public transportation accidents are different. Instead of an insurance company handling your claim, the transportation authority will be the one handling your claim. If injured, you will need to fill out a SEPTA claim form where you will have to provide the following information:

  • Date and time of the incident
  • The location the accident occurred
  • What route or property where the incident occurred
  • The destination of the vehicle
  • And whether you were injured on the vehicle or a property

Unlike negotiating with an insurance company, you will be dealing with a public entity. This means you must follow a strict deadline. Plus, there is a cap on the amount you can receive for an injury claim — if SEPTA is found liable for your accident, there is a $250,000 cap per claim for up to $1 million per accident.

What to Do After a SEPTA Accident

Let's say you're riding a train into the city. The train is going too fast and, as a result, it derails. You are severely injured in the resulting crash. What are your next steps?

What happens next is very important to any claim you will have in the future. First, seek medical assistance. You will receive a claim form from a SEPTA representative or from the driver (you can also get the form online). You will need to report your injury to your healthcare provider as soon as possible, even if your injuries do not manifest until later. It's important to have a record of your injuries because the transportation agency will be following up with your physician to make sure you were hurt.

Remember, it is important to fill out the paperwork correctly and follow all the rules and deadlines. Failure to do so will result in SEPTA denying your claim.

How Our Philadelphia Mass Transit Accident Lawyers Can Help

At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our mass transit accident lawyers care about those injured by someone else's negligence. Once you hire our law firm, our accident lawyers will go straight to work, investigating the scene, examining the evidence, and contacting your insurance company to make sure get the compensation that will cover your bills. We will make sure your paperwork is filled out properly and, if necessary, fight on your behalf inside the courtroom to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a public transportation accident, don't wait much longer. Contact an experienced Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton mass transit accident lawyer at Fellerman & Ciarimboli. With years of experience and a stellar track record, we will find out exactly what happened and pursue the compensation you need to handle the emotional, physical and financial consequences related to the bus accident. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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