Shrager & Sachs law firm joins the rest of Philadelphia in mourning the senseless loss of a local woman. The 71-year-old woman was a resident of Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood and will certainly be missed by neighbors, friends, and loved ones.
At 9:21 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2022, the front right passenger side of a SEPTA bus struck the elderly woman, knocking her to the ground. After she was hit by the bus, the woman was then dragged for a significant distance before the driver finally stopped. The victim’s shoes were located approximately 60 feet apart.
Emergency medical services transported the woman to the Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Compensation Rarely Addresses Victim’s Damages
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that a resident of our city has been fatally struck by a bus operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA). SEPTA buses and trains hit and killed three different people over a span of 12 hours in Feb. 2022.
Victims are rarely awarded fair compensation for their damages due to Pennsylvania state law, which caps compensation in cases where the at-fault party is a municipality or local government. Unfortunately in many accident cases involving city or municipality buses, juries will do the right thing by awarding surviving family members sums that fully and fairly address their damages, only to have the court reduce the amount to the statutory cap of $250,000.
Shrager & Sachs Is a Powerful Advocate for Victims and Their Families
The attorneys at our law firm have dedicated their professional careers to being legal advocates on behalf of accident victims and their families. When we take on a case, we fully investigate the accident to determine every possible defendant. In some situations, there may be a second at-fault party that is not subject to the same statutory caps as municipalities and local governments.
If you are ready to take action against the person or entity that caused your beloved family member’s death, contact Shrager & Sachs online or by calling our Philadelphia office to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers.