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I was waiting to make a left turn when a SEPTA bus rear-ended my car. I was injured in the car accident. Can I sue SEPTA?

 

A:

Yes, you can sue.  SEPTA is considered a governmental entity, and it is generally immune from lawsuits.  However, there are certain situations when an injured individual can sue SEPTA pursuant to the Pennsylvania Sovereign Immunity Act. Your accident may be one of those situations.

If the SEPTA bus driver was at fault and caused the car accident, which resulted in your injuries, you may bring a lawsuit pursuant to the vehicle exception under the Sovereign Immunity Act.

Notice of intent to file a lawsuit also needs to be given to SEPTA within 6 months of the accident.  If notice is not given, you will not be able to sue SEPTA.  For more information about notice, click here to read our article: What You Need To Know About Suing SEPTA For Your Injuries Sustained In A Bus Accident (Part B).

In order to fully evaluate your accident, it is important that you speak to a Philadelphia car and bus accident lawyer.  You do not want to miss the deadline for filing the notice to SEPTA.  Feel free to contact us at 877.944.8396.

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Published: 2-4-12


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