On November 12, 2012, a SEPTA bus was involved in an accident with several cars in the Olney section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a result of the crash, the bus driver and nine SEPTA bus passengers were injured. The accident is under investigation by the Philadelphia police and fire officials.
If the bus accident was caused by the negligence of the SEPTA bus driver, then the passengers may sue SEPTA pursuant to the vehicle provision of the Pennsylvania Sovereign Immunity Act, 42 Pa.C.S.A. §8522 (b). See Article: What You Need to Know About Suing SEPTA For Your Injuries for more information about the Sovereign Immunity Act.
Typically, if an individual is injured in an accident, whether it is a car accident or slip and fall accident, the injured victim has 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the party at fault in Pennsylvania. This is known as the Pennsylvania statute of limitations.
While a passenger injured in a SEPTA bus accident caused by the bus driver is bound by the 2 years of statute of limitations, he/she MUST give also notice to SEPTA within 6 months of the accident. If the injured passenger does not give SEPTA notice within the 6 months, any lawsuit the injured passenger files within the statute of limitations may be dismissed. In other words, the passenger may not be able to sue SEPTA.
If you were injured in a bus or car accident due to the negligence of a SEPTA bus driver, it is crucial that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible so that notice may be given within 6 months of the accident. Our Philadelphia car and bus accident lawyers have helped numerous injured victims and can answer your questions and concerns about your accident.