How do I Pursue Legal Action After a Mass Transit Accident in New York?

How do I Pursue Legal Action After a Mass Transit Accident in New York?

Millions of people in New York traditionally use public transportation to get to where they need to be. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) provides subways, buses, and railroads that collectively run 2.62 billion trips a year. Generally, these means of transit are safe and there are no problems. However, just as any method of transportation, accidents can happen. In the event that they occur due to negligence and passengers become injured as a result, they can pursue legal action to recover compensation for any damages. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance.

What are Causes of Train Accidents?

While train accidents are rare, they can happen in the event of negligence. Some of the most common causes of train accidents can include:

  • Employees operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Train operators improperly securing or releasing hand brakes
  • Railroad employees failing to comply with or understand orders
  • Railroad employees falling asleep on the job
  • Railroad employees receiving improper instructions
  • Train operators excessively speeding
  • Improper railroad maintenance crews leaving broken welds, dysfunctional switches, or any other potential safety hazard unattended

What are Causes of Bus Accidents?

Just like truck accidents, a public transportation bus can be involved in accidents as well when negligence is involved. Some of the most common causes of bus accidents are as follows:

  • Sudden stops and starts
  • Bus fires
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Texting while driving
  • Large blind spots
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Negligent road design
  • Discharging passengers on unsafe roadways

How do I Pursue Compensation?

In order to recover compensation for any damages that occur due to a mass transit accident, injured parties are required to file a lawsuit. When this happens, they must be able to prove the negligence of the other party by gathering evidence that shows their behavior caused the accident. This may include security camera footage of the accident, witness statements, police report, medical documentation of the injuries, and more. 

It is important to note that, because the MTA is provided by the state, the lawsuit would be sought against the municipality. This process is different from that of a regular personal injury claim, as the injured party must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of their accident. 

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At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!