Accidents involving SEPTA vehicles are reported every year. While many victims eventually recover, others aren’t as lucky. Sadly, deaths do occur when passengers fall onto train tracks or are struck by a bus or trolley. If you are dealing with the loss of a beloved family member after a SEPTA collision, here’s what you need to know about protecting your legal rights.
You Can Still Recover Damages After a Loved One’s Death
While a surviving victim can obviously file a personal injury lawsuit for themselves, you still have legal options as a family member if that person does not survive the accident. You can file a suit if you are the spouse, child, or other family member who was reliant on the victim for support. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, compensation in a wrongful death case may cover:
- Emotional suffering and mental anguish experienced by survivors
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of monetary support from the deceased
- Medical costs incurred by the victim if they remained alive for a time after the accident
SEPTA Cases Differ From Other Vehicle Accidents
While SEPTA is a transportation company that can be found liable for damages due to driver negligence, it is also a government agency. That means it has certain legal protections that a normal taxi company or rideshare service doesn’t enjoy.
For instance, one of the key issues in a SEPTA case is proving that the vehicle was legally classified as “in operation” at the time of the injury. Your attorney can help by investigating the accident and proving there was extraordinary negligence on the part of the driver if the incident occurred when slamming on the breaks or the vehicle was stationary.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to File a Lawsuit Against SEPTA
Another crucial difference from a normal car crash case is the ticking clock of the statute of limitations. You must provide a notice of intent to sue SEPTA within six months. Missing this deadline can see your entire case thrown out. That’s why it is critical to work alongside a wrongful death attorney who has experience in SEPTA cases and can help you with these potential problems.
Contact Heslin Law Firm to Learn More
Did someone you know and love pass away after a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority accident? Schedule an appointment to discuss your loved one’s death and what steps you can take to hold SEPTA accountable by calling 215-332-0300 or by contacting the Heslin Law Firm online here.