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What To Do After A Bus Accident in Erie, Pennsylvania

Dec 3, 2019

Pennsylvania offers different transportation options. These include public transit or government-owned transportation, locally-owned transportation, or state-wide transportation. The South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is a public transportation system operated in that part of the state. It is a state agency. In Erie, there is the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) available on a local level. With a widely available transportation system, accidents involving buses are common across the state. If you are involved in an accident with, for example, a SEPTA vehicle, then different rules apply when filing a claim for compensation for damages and injuries.

Bus accident cases, particularly those involving government entities, are usually complex because the bus companies typically have teams of defense attorneys to attempt to reduce a victim’s claim or bar them from obtaining compensation. Some of the bigger bus companies operating in Pennsylvania like Peter Pan Bus Line, Megabus, Amtrak and Greyhound may be hard to go against by yourself. This is why hiring an attorney is the best option.

Hiring a skilled Melaragno, Placidi & Parini bus accident attorney can get you fair and equitable compensation. Taking on a bus company or a government entity is not something a plaintiff should do on their own.

For example, if you are in an accident with a SEPTA vehicle, and it is not your fault, you need to deal with your own insurance company for medical and lost wage compensation first, provided you have this type of insurance coverage for your vehicle.

If you do not have this type of insurance, the process changes. With the help of an attorney, you would need to file an affidavit of no insurance with SEPTA. This provides compensation for medical expenses up to a certain amount. You will also file a claim with SEPTA itself, advising them of your injuries and your intention to file a claim for further compensation. Notice of this claim must be completed within six months of the date of the accident.

The primary premise that Melaragno, Placidi & Parini follow for working with bus accident claims is to investigate claims on behalf of clients promptly. If someone else was careless or reckless and caused the accident, you – the injured victim – should not be expected to pay for medical bills and rehabilitation expenses.

In many bus crashes, the bus driver is often the person responsible for the crash. Some of the more common causes of crashes include:

  • Poorly trained drivers
  • Maintenance issues with the bus
  • Fatigued driver
  • Aggressive driver
  • Distracted driving
  • Mechanical failures
  • Speeding
  • Improperly vetting new bus company hires

If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a bus, you need an experienced bus accident attorney. With decades of experience, the attorneys at Melaragno, Placidi & Parini can help.

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