Steps to Take When Filing a SEPTA Claim
Every year, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides public transportation options in many forms: regional rail, trolleys, busses, high-speed lines, and subways. SEPTA is responsible for millions of rides annually, and while the system is generally safe to ride, there are still times when negligent acts happen and accidents occur.
If you were injured on a SEPTA vehicle, you must have your injury accident case examined. Determining how your accident was caused is critical to figuring out if you have a case to make for compensation and who is liable to pay for your damages.
For more information on what to do after a SEPTA injury accident, you can call the Philadelphia automobile accident injury attorney at Monaco Law PC.
How To File Your SEPTA Claim
You may be owed financial compensation for your losses after a SEPTA accident, and there are procedures and a process for getting what you deserve. However, SEPTA does not make the process easy or straightforward. Obtaining the compensation you are owed can be complicated, which is why it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of what to expect and what to do.
Report the Accident
After an accident, make a report to SEPTA and complete an incident card. The incident card is important evidence to document the accident.
Submit a Notice of Your Claim
After your accident is reported, you will need to submit a notice of your claim to the SEPTA Claims Department. Since SEPTA is a government entity, the statute of limitations you will have to do this is six months. Failure to submit timely notice of your claim could complicate how the case proceeds forward.
Communicating with SEPTA Representatives
A claim will be reviewed by SEPTA representatives. They may decide to make an offer that you can accept, and then your claim will be closed. When SEPTA does not offer a settlement, you must file a lawsuit to pursue your damages further.
Notice to File a Lawsuit
When SEPTA does not offer compensation, which can happen, then you can file a lawsuit. You will have to provide notice of intent to file a lawsuit. You will have two years to get the lawsuit process started. It is essential that you start as soon as possible. Two years is not very long, and many things can happen along the way which can affect your suit. If you miss the two-year deadline, then you will be unable to retrieve the compensation you are owed.
Speak to a Philadelphia SEPTA Accident Attorney Today
You have the right to have a lawyer representing your interest when you start the claims process and contact SEPTA. If you were harmed while riding on a SEPTA vehicle, please call our Philadelphia SEPTA injury accident attorney at Monaco Law PC. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call (215) 546-3166 for our office in Pennsylvania.
We are a Pennsylvania public transportation injury law firm serving all of Pennsylvania, but with a concentration in southeast Pennsylvania including Bucks County, Chester County, Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County and Berks County.