Public Transportation Accident Lawyers

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Public Transportation & SEPTA Accident Attorneys

After an individual is hurt in a bus or train accident, they are often unsure of their rights and options. If you have been injured in a public transportation accident, you may be facing major medical and financial concerns, which is why immediately exploring legal options is important. An investigation of a public transit accident is important to determine whether an accident occurred due to another party’s negligence.

Set up a free consultation with a Spear Greenfield public transportation attorney by phone call or online submission. This meeting will allow us to evaluate your case and guide you through your legal options. Rest assured, this meeting carries no obligation, pressure, or hidden fees, just knowledge and insights.

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Consider All Legal Options Following a Public Transport Accident

The administration for any transit medium is required to ensure that their modes of transportation are safe for passenger use. This is accomplished through conducting regular inspections to ensure there are no hazards either with the vehicles, the staff, or in the waiting areas. If these hazards are not detected, they can go unnoticed and cause accidents.

In proving negligence, a public transportation attorney is crucial, because of their experience in collecting evidence. In instances of public transit accidents, there are numerous channels to contact for gathering corroborating evidence, which the SEPTA accident lawyers at Spear Greenfield can coordinate for you. We can protect your rights if you have suffered an injury on a bus or train. See the initial steps in the legal process below for more information.

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Protocols Following a Transit Accident

When an accident on a bus or train happens, many people are shaken and unsure what to do. Even if you did not visit an emergency room or seek medical help immediately following the accident, you may still be in need of long-term medical care. Scheduling an appointment with a doctor shortly following the accident is important both for health and legal reasons. After the appointment, request documentation from the doctor regarding any injuries sustained.

Following a SEPTA bus or train accident, it is important to remain at the accident scene. A representative from the transit company will typically come to the scene of the accident to provide claim forms for all parties involved in the accident. These forms require you to provide the following information:

  • Date of incident
  • Time of incident
  • Location of incident
  • Route or property where the incident occurred
  • The destination of your trip

Finally, follow the post accident checklist steps as you would for any type of auto accident, including taking pictures and speaking with witnesses. For the entire post accident checklist, please click on the link below.

Post Accident Checklist


Common Injuries

Public transportation accident attorneys handle cases involving a range of different injuries. Because some public vehicles — such as buses — do not have seatbelts, passengers may be thrown out of their seats upon impact. Pedestrians, cyclists and other cars may also be injured in this type of accident.

Various types of injuries that occur due to bus accidents can be prosecuted, including:

  • Bruises, abrasions, and cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury, including concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Paralysis
  • Lost limbs

When you work with Spear Greenfield, we can help evaluate your injuries and determine if you have a case. We’ll also work with you to ensure you meet all filing deadlines and have the opportunity to receive appropriate compensation. Depending on your situation and location, you may have varying timelines for reporting and filing a case after being injured, so you’ll want to take action and consult your SEPTA accident attorneys as soon as possible.

Causes of Public Transportation Accidents

While there are cases of major injuries being caused by a serious bus or train accident, an accident does not have to be serious to suffer a substantial personal injury. In many public transit accidents, a collision might not even occur. From buses and trains stopping short to automatic doors closing too soon, there are a number of instances that can cause serious injuries. Some of the various causes of bus and train accidents include the following:


Driver negligence




Sudden stops


Train derailment


Equipment or structural malfunction


Lack of necessary safety precautions


Collision with another vehicle


Slip and falls


Poor lighting


Distracted driving


Improper maintenance


Poor weather conditions

To learn more about the initial exploration of legal options, including information regarding SEPTA accident attorney evaluation and necessary documents to bring to your initial consultation, please click the link below.

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The Process of Determining Liability in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey Public Transit Accident

When you seek legal action after a mass transit accident occurs, understand that the municipality provides these transportation methods. If you pursue legal action against a municipality, you as the injured party must send a written Notice of Claim to the municipality, which needs to be filed within six months of the accident. It must include the injured party’s name and address, the date and time of the accident, and the accident location.

It is important to know that the public transportation accident victim is required to satisfy the burden of proof. This is to prove the victim’s injuries were a direct result of negligence, which in most cases is the transit administration’s failure to provide a duty of care to the passengers. This can be done with evidence such as a security camera recording of the incident as it happened, pictures of the hazard, medical documents detailing the injuries, the transit party’s claim form, a police report of the accident, witness statements, and more.

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At Spear Greenfield, we empathize with the serious impact a transit accident can cause on an individual. If you or a loved one was involved in a public transportation accident, it’s important that you contact an experienced public transportation lawyer to guide you through your legal options. Fill out the form below to schedule a free appointment with our SEPTA accident attorneys, which will allow us to evaluate your case and provide you important legal information to consider. Rest assured there is no obligation, hidden fees, or pressure.

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    Reasons to Consider Our SEPTA Accident Lawyers

    Public transit accidents often result in significant injuries. The Spear Greenfield team has been assisting people involved in these accidents for decades. We’re well-versed in the process of gathering crucial evidence for supporting your case, including footage from security cameras, statements from SEPTA employees, company documentation and eyewitness accounts from passengers and bystanders.

    Other reasons to choose our firm include:

    • Diligence: Investigating a public transit accident is a meticulous process requiring extensive digging to uncover the facts. Our attorneys go further than other personal injury law firms to determine the events that caused the incident. We will also fight for the highest possible compensation via securing a favorable settlement with the insurance company or taking your case to trial.
    • Excellent reputation: With more than 30 years in practice, we have earned a stellar reputation throughout the Pennsylvania and New Jersey communities we serve. We also have an extensive network of medical contacts to ensure you receive quality care to hasten the recovery process.
    • Extensive trial experience: Our public transportation attorneys are intimately familiar with the inside of a courtroom! We are not afraid to take your case to trial to ensure you receive the maximum SEPTA accident compensation.
    • Personalized representation: At Spear Greenfield Personal Injury Attorneys, we view every client as a human being, not just another case file or court docket number. We will always treat you with the care and compassion you deserve. Our goal is to help you recover the financial compensation you need to get your life back on track. 

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    Personal Injury & Accident Verdicts

    The following summary of recent accident verdicts and settlements demonstrates our proven track record.

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    Take the Next Step: Contact Us for a Free Consultation

    Have you been hurt in a public transit accident? It is important to know your legal rights. You should also understand that the insurance company is not on your side. Its goal is to minimize your claim payout and keep more money in its coffers. Additionally, any statement you make to a law enforcement officer could harm your case.

    Before you speak to an insurance adjuster or police officer, contact the experienced SEPTA accident attorneys at Spear Greenfield. We are available 24/7 to discuss your situation and develop a winning legal strategy to attain a successful outcome.

    Get started right now by contacting us to schedule an initial consultation. We do not charge a fee for this meeting, and you are under no obligation to move forward. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you owe nothing unless we help you recover financial compensation.

    You have nothing to lose — contact our SEPTA accident attorneys today!