According to an article in the New York Daily News, 53 people were killed by New York subway train strikes in a recent year. Although fatalities decreased slightly from the previous year, 71 people were struck by trains, representing a 7 percent increase over the year before.
At Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we know that injuries from subway accidents can be severe and disabling. We are here to help you get your life back on track and aggressively pursue full and fair compensation on your behalf.
Types of Subway Accidents and Injuries
There are many ways to get injured on the New York subway system. Accidents can happen in stations and on platforms as well as on trains. A brief list of potential subway hazards includes:
- Train derailments or collisions.
- Doors closing on people.
- People getting dragged along with the train.
- Slippery surfaces caused by leaking pipes and other hazards.
- Snow and ice on outdoor subway steps and platforms.
- Trip and fall accidents on platforms and staircases.
- Assault, robbery and other crimes occurring due to inadequate security.
- Electrical injuries on the train tracks.
The Huffington Post reported on a fatal accident in which a man was crushed after he fell from a Brooklyn subway platform into the path of an oncoming train. Gothamist provides an online interactive map of the locations where injuries and suicides most frequently occur in the New York subway system.
A wide range of injuries are possible in subway accidents. Common injuries in train-related accidents include:
- Bone fractures.
- Brain and head injuries.
- Internal injuries.
- Ligament injuries.
Who is Liable for New York Subway Accidents?
The New York Transit Authority is responsible for monitoring and maintaining hundreds of miles of track in the New York metro area. When the Transit Authority fails to provide a reasonably safe and secure environment for commuters, it may be held accountable for resulting accidents and injuries.
However, there may be multiple potentially liable parties in New York subway accidents, including engineers, conductors, designers and manufacturers. Determining liability can be complex.
If you are injured in any facility or by a vehicle owned or operated by the New York City Transit Authority, you must file a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident or your claim may be denied regardless of merit. This includes all subways and most buses.
Special procedures are necessary when filing a claim with the Transit Authority. Some information about the process is provided by the New York Courts. Because of the 90-day time limit and procedures involved with this type of claim, it is essential that you secure competent legal counsel as soon as possible after an accident.
Legal Help for New York Subway Accident Victim
Our Long Island personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP have decades of combined experience. Our attorneys investigate subway accidents thoroughly and will work to identify the cause of your accident. Oftentimes, subway accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the maintenance staff, the train operator or other MTA personnel. Our New York public transportation injury law firm will work to identify all liable parties, to help you obtain full and fair compensation for your subway accident injury.
Contact Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP by phone or online and we will respond as soon as possible. Our Long Island subway accident attorneys offer a free consultation, including home and hospital visits.
- Huffington Post: Man Crushed By Subway After He Falls From Platform
- Gothamist: Interactive Map Shows Where Subway Suicides And Other Injuries Happen Most
- New York Daily News: Deaths by New York subway train strikes shrank slightly for 2013, MTA says
- New York Courts: Instructions for Filing Actions Against the City of New York, the State of New York, the United States of America
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