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Car and SEPTA Train Accidents

SEPTA – Car Crashes Still Common

In the aftermath of a collision between a SEPTA train and an SUV on June 21, officials say that SEPTA-car collisions, though still a major concern, have not escalated over the past months or years. SEPTA, or the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, offers citizens a variety of public transit alternatives in the greater Philadelphia area, including Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Delaware County.

In the crash earlier this month, a SEPTA train struck a vehicle where tracks cross Brookhaven Road in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. The driver of the SUV, a man in his early 90s, was pinned inside the vehicle and could not get out until rescue workers cut the doors off his vehicle. The accident caused SEPTA to cancel all subsequent trains on the Media/Elwyn line for a significant period of time.

SEPTA’s Status as a Common Carrier

At a minimum, SEPTA drivers are under the same duties as persons driving any other vehicle. They must act as a reasonable person would in similar circumstances. With respect to other motor vehicle operators, that means exercising reasonable caution with respect to speed, braking and other functions.

When it comes to passengers, though, SEPTA has a much higher standard of care. SEPTA is considered to be a common carrier and, as such owes passengers the highest standard of care while they are on a train.

Contact Attorney Howard D. Popper

To learn your options when you have suffered a personal injury, contact our office online or call attorney Popper at 973-993-8787.

We have offices in Morristown and Newton, but will come to your home or the hospital, if necessary. There is no charge for your first consultation.

We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency basis. You won’t be charged any legal fees unless attorney Popper recovers compensation for your losses.