In the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 7, 2015, a SEPTA bus hit a pedestrian in Center City, Philadelphia at the intersection of 11th and Walnut streets. The SEPTA bus driver did not know that he had hit the pedestrian. According to reports, the bus kept going for five blocks before it was flagged down. There are conflicting reports as to who stopped the bus driver. The pedestrian was transported to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The accident is under investigation.
Pedestrian-car and pedestrian-bus accidents in Philadelphia often result in serious and even fatal injuries, like the recent SEPTA bus-pedestrian accident. This is due to the fact that pedestrians are not protected by anything. Their bodies come in direct contact with the motor vehicles.
When pedestrians are injured in car or bus accidents in Philadelphia, they have legal rights. They may file car/bus accident lawsuits against the at-fault drivers and recover financial compensation for the following damages:
Families of pedestrians killed in car accidents also have legal rights. Surviving family members, such as spouses and parents, may file wrongful death lawsuits for the loss of their loved ones against the at-fault drivers.
When the at-fault party is SEPTA, there are certain legal requirements and steps injured victims must take in order to file a lawsuit.
One of the most important legal requirements is the 6 months written notice requirement. In a SEPTA accident situation, the victim must provide SEPTA with notice of the intent to file a claim, and the notice must be served within 6 months of the date of the accident.
For a detailed discussion about filing personal injury lawsuits against SEPTA, see What You Need To Know About Suing SEPTA For Your Injuries Sustained In A Bus Accident.
In some instances, the at-fault driver (defendant) may argue that the pedestrian is also at fault for the accident. This is known as comparative negligence. For example, the defendant may allege that the pedestrian was texting while talking and would have been able to avoid the accident if he wasn’t texting.
It is important to note that Pennsylvania injury laws do not bar an injured individual’s recovery if he is also negligent. The injured victim may recover so long as his negligence is less than 51%. For a detailed discussion on PA’s comparative negligence laws, see PA Comparative Negligence Laws In Injury & Accident Lawsuits.
If you were injured in a bus accident caused by the negligence of a SEPTA operator, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Philadelphia bus accident lawyer. You do not want to lose your right to sue SEPTA for your injuries if you don't file notice within 6 months of the accident. Free consultations. 877.944.8396
Source: www.myfoxphilly.com (Pedestrian struck and killed by SEPTA bus in Center City)
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