SEPTA is a convenient and cost-effective method of transportation, but unfortunately, riding in a mass transit vehicle comes with some risks. These vehicles do not provide seat belts for passengers and are known for making sudden stops, which is a dangerous combination for obvious reasons. If you find yourself hurt as a result of a SEPTA accident, it’s important to follow these steps to ensure you will be compensated for your injuries:
- Obtain a form from the SEPTA bus driver to identify you as a passenger on the bus. This will serve as proof that you were on the bus during the accident. You should fill out one copy of the form and give it to the bus driver and save a duplicate copy for your own records.
- Write down the bus driver’s information and a detailed description of him/her, including age, sex, race, height, weight and any distinguishing features. These details will be essential if you need to identify the bus driver in the future.
- Also jot down the time of the accident, the bus number and the route.
- Collect the names, phone numbers and addresses of a few passengers on the bus as well as the information of any witnesses to the accident.
- If your injury was caused by a sudden stop, you will need to be able to prove it was extreme or unusual. In addition to presenting evidence of your injuries, you will need the testimony of a few other passengers to win your case.
- Report the accident to your doctor right away. Even if it doesn’t seem necessary, it’s wise to go in for a checkup to ensure your injuries do not require treatment.
Once you’ve completed the aforementioned steps, you should consult with a knowledgeable Bucks County SEPTA accident lawyer about settling your case. Here at the Heslin Law Firm, we have more than 30 years of experience representing injured SEPTA victims. When you call on our SEPTA accident attorney in Bucks County, you’ll have the best possible chance of getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Over the years, we’ve gotten great results for our clients. At one point, our SEPTA accident lawyer in Bucks County negotiated for a client to receive $1.5 million for her injuries when the original settlement offering was only $100,000. This outcome speaks to the skill of our practiced attorney, Mr. Gary P. Heslin.
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If you’re interested in scheduling a free consultation with our Bucks County SEPTA accident attorney, give us a call today at 215-332-0300. And for more useful information, check out our recent blog post: “Winter Car Care Tips from the Heslin Law Firm.” We sincerely look forward to serving you!