New York City Subway Accident Lawyer

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It’s estimated that approximately 4 million residents in New York use the subway system every day, 350,000 use the Long Island Railroad, and 300,000 use MetroNorth. Of these passengers, hundreds will be injured or killed on New York’s subway/light rail systems each year. What makes this reality particularly unsettling is the fact that almost all of these injuries and deaths can be prevented if the proper safety and maintenance measures are taken.

Our New York City personal injury attorneys have been working in the legal field for more than seven decades, collectively. In fact, some of our attorneys teach other attorneys how to sue the NYCTA, MetroNorth, and LIRR. As such, we know that many subway/train accidents are cause for legal action. Subway/train operators and the companies they work for are professionally obligated to ensure that their passengers are transported safely. When they fail to live up to this duty, thus causing an accident, legal action needs to be taken.

How Often Do Subway Accidents Happen in NY?

There are thousands of reported injuries or deaths on NY subways/trains each year. That means that accidents occur on a near-daily basis. Though the number of people that board subways and other NY public transit is high, the number of incidents is far too many.

There were nearly 900 incidents in 2018 in which someone was reported on the tracks or getting too close to the tracks while on the platform. There are several reasons why people get on or too close to the tracks, and very few of them have to do with suicide attempts. Most are not the fault of the person who was struck.

Subway accidents are frequent enough in New York City that caution should be of the utmost importance to the entities that run the subways/trains. Sadly, the entities that run the subways/trains sometimes fail to treat safety with such importance. These failures may contribute to a personal injury claim. You need protection and fair compensation if you get injured on a subway or have a loved one that was tragically injured or killed.

Types of New York City Subway/Train Accidents

The statistics illustrate the truth of the matter—thousands of residents are injured or killed in subway/train accidents every year. However, most people are not aware of the many dangers and hazards that exist on the NYC Metro Transit Authority (MTA) subways and trains.

Here are just a few causes of accidents on MTA subways:

  • Operator Errors: Subway operators that are inexperienced, distracted, or fatigued may contribute to accidents. Their negligence needs to be addressed.
  • Excessive Speed: Subways need to adhere to guidelines and regulations, just like any other potentially dangerous moving object. Excessive speeding on subways can lead to severe injuries or fatalities.
  • Poor Maintenance: The MTA needs to maintain and repair subway systems within a reasonable amount of time. Defective subway parts and other issues like significant gaps in doors or wet platforms can lead to severe injuries.
  • Inadequate Security: The MTA also needs to protect passengers on their public transportation system. Unfortunately, crimes occur on subways and platforms. Report the incident immediately and reach out to a lawyer for more support.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates most MTA accidents. However, in some cases, the accident is reviewed by the MTA/NYCTA. Therefore, you cannot rely exclusively on the NTSB to offer you justice in an NYC subway accident.

NYC Subway/Train Station Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents happen often on MTA property like subways and train stations. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries or even death. Injuries may prevent you from working regularly and can also leave you with expensive medical bills. If the MTA or someone else was negligent, you may be able to secure compensation for your injuries. 

MTA Trains/NYC subways transport many people each year. Though some accidents are unavoidable in such busy and crowded places, negligence is a different story. In many situations, the MTA or another authority was unsuccessful in providing a safe and protected place for passengers to get into and out of the stations or onto or off of the train. 

Defective places in subway systems or improperly managed stations also contribute to slip and fall accidents and injuries. The MTA/NYCTA has a duty to maintain the track and stations. Often, the MTA/NYCTA is behind on upkeep and maintenance, which only contributes to safety hazards and dangers.

Can I Sue the MTA in NYC?

You have rights in any personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, you can and should file a lawsuit against MTA/NYCTA if they are responsible for your injuries. In order to figure out if the incident is the fault of the MTA/NYCTA, it’s vital to take action as quickly as possible after your accident.

In New York, a claim against a subway or train operator must be brought to the attention of the NYCTA or MTA within 90 days of the accident. Otherwise, the lawsuit is barred from being heard in court. Consequently, swift action on your part is crucial to receiving justice and fair compensation for your damages. You need a qualified personal injury lawyer who will be able to create a strong case.

If you are seriously injured in the train or subway system you should file a report immediately and request medical attention. If you are able to, it is also important to take photos of the location of the accident and gather other forms of evidence, such as the names and addresses of any witnesses, if possible, as scenes might change over time and witnesses might not stay to report what they saw to the authorities.

When it is not possible, a lawyer can gather evidence on your behalf. Experienced personal injury lawyers in New York City like Greenberg & Stein, PC, have a history with the MTA/NYCTA and know how to handle your case successfully. Never speak directly to the MTA/NYCTA or anyone who tells you they work for those entities without consulting with a lawyer beforehand.

How Our NYC Subway Accident Attorneys Can Help

Greenberg & Stein can represent you in accidents involving the New York City subways, Long Island Railroad, and Metro-North Railroad. Successful litigation of any type of subway/train accident must include an attorney’s thorough understanding of the law governing subways and trains.

Our New York City subway accident attorneys are intimately familiar with the language of these laws, and we know how to effectively apply them to the details of your case when seeking compensation for your pain and suffering. We are prepared to fight the tactics that will undoubtedly be employed by internal investigators of the subway/train system as they collect evidence and conduct research that will be geared toward defending the subway company and its operator(s).

To help ensure that your case is successful, we can take the following actions:

  • Conduct a private investigation of the accident
  • Obtain critical records through the Freedom of Information Act
  • Locate and secure eyewitness testimony of the accident
  • Interview the subway conductor involved in the accident
  • Ensure the MTA/NYCTA preserves physical evidence from the accident and the station

Legal Counsel for New York City Transit System Accidents

Do you have a question after recently being injured in a New York City bus, subway, or train accident as a result of another’s negligence? View our video library of commonly asked questions related to bus, subway, and train accidents. 

If you were injured in a subway accident, or you are mourning the loss of a loved one whose life was claimed in this type of accident, our New York City subway accident lawyers are here to help. We are committed to applying nothing less than the highest level of professionalism and integrity needed to yield favorable results for your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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