SEPTA facing injury claim by rider who was tossed about during hard turn

By Jon Campisi | Sep 10, 2012

A mass transit rider who claims she sustained bodily injuries after she was violently

thrown across the center aisle of a SEPTA bus and into the back of the driver’s seat, all because the vehicle’s operator made a quick hard right turn, has filed suit against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

The personal injury claim was filed Sept. 4 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by attorney Joel A. Greenberg, of the Lundy Law firm, on behalf of city resident Sharon Rahill.

The complaint alleges that Rahill was injured on Jan. 20, 2011, after the Route 64 SEPTA bus on which she was riding made the sudden turn, causing the plaintiff to be tossed out of her seat and across the center aisle, where she came to a rest at the back of the driver’s seat.

The incident caused Rahill to suffer injuries to her head, neck, back and left leg, the lawsuit claims.

Rahill has also allegedly suffered from mental anxiety, a shock to her nervous system and other ills and injuries.

The plaintiff, the suit states, has been compelled to expend various sums of money on medical attention because of the accident, she has been prevented from carrying out her regular duties and activities, she has suffered earnings losses and she continues to experience physical pain.

SEPTA is accused of negligence for failing to ensure its employee had proper and adequate control of the bus, violating its own internal guidelines in operating a bus, failing to exercise due and proper care and failing to maintain a proper lookout.

Rahill seeks $50,000 in damages, in addition to pre-and-post-judgment interest and other court relief.

A jury trial has been demanded.


The case ID number is 120900264. 

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