Philadelphia Vehicle & Transportation Accident Lawyers

PA Transportation Accident Lawyers

The National Safety Council reported over 38,000 traffic deaths overall in 2019. With hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road, the odds of getting into a collision or accident in your lifetime are frighteningly high. Whether you’re taking an Uber to visit friends, riding the bus to work, biking a trail or walking to a friend’s house, anything can happen.

Catastrophic traffic accidents can be complicated, with more than one party at fault. Some cases may span multiple liabilities, while the severity of other cases is increased by faulty product design. While those injured in such accidents focus on recovery, it pays to have someone on your side who can help navigate their complex practicalities.

McEldrew Purtell has experience in a wide range of transportation accident cases, having helped guide thousands of injury victims through their ordeals to some form of justice. If you or a loved one are injured in a vehicle or transportation accident, please reach out to us today and let us fight for you.

Our Expertise

Auto Accidents

Auto Accidents

At McEldrew Purtell, our experience in Pennsylvania auto accident litigation is extensive. We furiously fight for victims of car accidents.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents are commonly caused by distracted motorists. Riding your bicycle should be a matter of enjoyment – whether you're riding your bike for transportation or as a form of exercise.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk Driving Accidents

If you or someone you love has been injured due to an intoxicated driver, our attorneys will assess the potential for dram shop liability and evaluate other avenues for compensation for the resulting harm.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

There are over 3,000 motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania involving a motorcycle every year — 80 percent of all accidents result in death or injury.

Pedestrian Injury

Pedestrian Injury

If you are injured due to the negligence of a driver, it doesn’t matter that you were not in a vehicle at the time you were harmed. We will fight for the compensation that you deserve.

SEPTA Bus & Rail Accidents

SEPTA Bus & Rail Accidents

Our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys have a wide range of experience litigating cases against mass transit providers in the area, including SEPTA.

Our Results

A Proven Track Record

$15.6 Million

Verdict for railroad electrician pinned by spool of wire.

$13.3 Million

Birth injury lawsuit because the ob/gyn failed to promptly deliver 26-week pre-term twin infants in the face of chorioamnionitis resulting in neurological damage.

$7.5 Million

Settlement in an Illinois police shooting case

$7 Million

46-year-old man who suffered aortic artery damage during spinal surgery (L4-L5 laminectomy), resulting in nerve damage and necessitating extensive surgical repair.

$6.6 Million

Birth injury settlement.

$6 Million

Settlement under multiple legal theories on behalf of a police officer who suffered a below-the-knee amputation when he was hit by an uninsured motorist.

$4.7 Million

Settlement for railroad conductor who suffered electrical shock.

$4.5 Million

Settlement when a truck driver, for a company who was not in compliance with safety regulations governing hours of service for drivers, ran a stop sign and crushed the mother of a 5-year-old child.

$4.25 Million

Settlement for a college freshman after a 40-foot fall from a climbing wall during a student orientation activity.

$3.6 Million

Settlement for a New Jersey truck accident.

$3.5 Million

Settlement against an insurer who exposed a dentist to an excess verdict of $4 million dollars in a dental malpractice lawsuit over trigeminal nerve damage.

$3.5 Million

$3.5 million on behalf of a toddler suffering permanent cognitive impairment after a three story fall at a hotel in Florida.

$3.5 Million

Settlement for failure to diagnose a perforated intestine.

$3.5 Million

Settlement for failure to diagnose sepsis.

$3.25 Million

16-year-old patient with Down’s syndrome who suffered cardiopulmonary arrest while in treatment for leukemia.

$3.2 Million

Settlement in case with IV infiltrate leading to amputation of fingers.

$2.9 Million

Settlement for the survivors of a woman killed by a wheel that struck her vehicle after the truck driver failed to properly perform a pre-trip certification and inspection of the wheels.

$2.5 Million

$2.5 million for a track worker struck by an oncoming train and immediately killed.

$2.5 Million

Settlement on behalf of a 28-year-old woman who required emergency surgery and had permanent medical issues after a doctor failed to diagnose a huge disc herniation which evolved into cauda equina syndrome.

$2.2 Million

For a railroad worker case involving cervical fusion.

$2 Million

Settlement in a police shooting case.

$2 Million

Settlement on behalf of a coach cleaner who sustained electrical burns when the safety catch failed to properly secure the pantograph on top of an MU (Multiple Unit – a type of self-propelled train carriage).

$2 Million

Settlement on behalf of the family of a 55-year-old man who was misdiagnosed with gastritis at the emergency room and died overnight at home.

$1.836 Million

Jury verdict for a SEPTA employee who fell on black ice because a SEPTA sub-contractor failed to properly remove the snow and ice.

$1.825 Million

Settlement for a SEPTA conductor that suffered permanent injuries from an electric shock while assisting a passenger.

$1.8 Million

Verdict for railroader who suffered a broken ankle.

$1.8 Million

Settlement on behalf of a 43-year-old woman that suffered traumatic injury and disability when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that crossed the center line.

$1.8 Million

Jury verdict when a hospital delivered a child with mild cerebral palsy after they failed to transfer the mother to another facility.

$1.8 Million

Hospital delivered a child with mild cerebral palsy after they failed to transfer the mother to another facility.

$1.65 Million

Jury verdict against an operating physician, rehab center internist and physiatrist for a 66-year-old patient who developed an infection from knee replacement surgery and subsequently developed compartment syndrome in rehabilitation.

$1.5 Million

Settlement on behalf of the family of a patient who died after the urologist failed to diagnose bladder cancer.

$1.25 Million

For an injured track worker who fell into an excavation ditch.

$1.2 Million

Jury verdict on behalf of an employee who developed kidney disease as a result of long-term exposure to solvent products.

$1.1 Million

Settlement for a SEPTA mechanic struck by a falling airport ladder.

$1 Million

Settlement for a non-operated herniated disc sustained as a result of a fall on oil in a receiving yard.

$1 Million

Settlement for failure to timely deliver a baby under significant fetal distress.

$1 Million

Failure to timely deliver a baby under significant fetal distress.


$950,000 for a flagman who tripped and fell on oil, breaking his foot and requiring multiple surgeries.


Settlement on behalf of a 45-year-old pilot who sustained knee and back injuries in a crane accident.


Settlement for a passenger in a vehicle hit by an oncoming car when the driver went through a stop sign.


Settlement for a SEPTA electrician suffering a knee injury.


Settlement for a car man who sustained thoracic outlet syndrome as a result of carrying railroad ties without proper equipment.


76-year-old patient who was admitted to the hospital in cardiac arrest and did not receive resuscitation according to the standard of care.


Settlement under the FELA for a worker injured in a slip and fall at a SEPTA parking lot in the winter.


Settlement under the FELA for back injuries suffered while performing an annual inspection and repair on a steam engine.


Settlement for a woman struck during a police chase.


Jury verdict on behalf of a woman who suffered several foot fractures in a rear-end collision.


On behalf of a 56-year-old school teacher who sustained head and cognitive injuries in a traffic accident.


Settlement for a railroad worker injured in a fall while working on the decking of a bridge.


Jury verdict for track worker who suffered a medial meniscal injury, requiring arthroscopic surgery, while climbing down from a track vehicle in poor light at night.

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When to Consult with an Experienced Transport Accident Attorney

Many people make the mistake of thinking that they can properly handle a transport accident claim on their own. This is a mindset that insurance companies bet on — they can afford to take their time in paying out your claim without their own lawyers on the clock.

At McEldrew Purtell, we have over 30 years of experience in litigating all forms of transportation and vehicle accident cases. These cases are sometimes complex, with legal obstacles like sovereign immunity on some modes of public transportation limiting the amount of compensation accident victims can claim. We take all accident injury cases on a contingency basis, and will only charge you attorney fees if we are able to obtain financial compensation for your losses.

Millions travel through the country safely every day. However, if you are among the unlucky ones whose lives are derailed by an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you or your family have suffered an injury while traveling in your own transportation or as a passenger, fill out our form or call us directly at (215) 545-8800.