Trolley accident victim slaps SEPTA with personal injury claim

By Jon Campisi | Oct 4, 2011

A trolley passenger who alleges she became injured during an accident in which the public transit vehicle on which she was riding collided with another driver is suing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the operator of the other vehicle in state court.

Havertown, Pa. attorney Robert Katz filed the personal injury lawsuit Sept. 28 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Philadelphia resident Tykeeyah Ames.

The defendants named in the suit are SEPTA and Philadelphia resident Dollie Phillips.

According to the complaint, Ames was a passenger aboard the SEPTA trolley on Nov. 18, 2009, at approximately 11:15 a.m., which was traveling westbound on Chester Avenue in Philadelphia, when the vehicle suddenly collided with a vehicle operated by Phillips, which was traveling southbound on intersecting 48th Street.

The accident caused Ames to sustain various physical injuries, including, but not limited to, cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral sprain and strain; paravertebral muscle spasms; lesions of the cervical, thoracic, lumbosacral and lower extremity region; cervicogenic headache; right knee contusion; and possible injuries to her nerves, muscles, ligaments, discs, bones, blood vessels and cartilage, the lawsuit claims.

The suit also states that Ames may have experienced possible aggravation of pre-existing conditions.

Ames has suffered physical pain, suffering and inconvenience as a result of the accident, and she has been prevented from carrying out her usual activities and occupations, which has caused her great financial damages and loss of earnings, the suit states.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of carelessness and negligence for operating their respective vehicles in high and excessive rates of speed, failing to keep their vehicles under proper and adequate control, failing to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles, failing to stop their respective vehicles in sufficient time so as to avoid collision, and entering an intersection when it was not safe to do so.

Ames has incurred significant medical expenses and she has experienced a loss of life’s pleasures as a result of the accident.

Ames demands judgment against the defendants in a sum not in excess of $50,000, plus interest and related court costs.

The non-jury case has been scheduled for arbitration in June of next year.

The case number is 110903369.

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