Subway Accidents in New York
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The subway is one of the most popular modes of transportation in New York City. While the subway is usually safe for passengers, accidents do happen. Passengers aboard a subway could be harmed if a derailment or other type problem occurs with the train. Additionally, individuals who are in a subway station and in the vicinity of the tracks could also sustain serious injuries if an accident occurs.
If you or a loved one is hurt in a subway accident, it is important to consult with a New York City vehicle accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. as soon as possible. You have a limited time to make a claim, but may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income / wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, or the wrongful death of a loved one.
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How Do NYC Subway Accidents Happen?
There are many different things that can go wrong on a subway. From typical accidents to liability issues, there are a wide range of issues that can lead to serious injuries for riders.
Some of the ways a person may be injured in a New York subway accident include:
- Rollover accidents
- Injuries due to stopping short
- Assault or other crime
Riders could also be injured by getting caught in the doors of the subway, while patrons who are in a subway station could be hurt as a result of slips, trips, falls, or being pushed onto the tracks. These are accidents that require representation to seek compensation.
Who Is Responsible for Your Subway Accident?
Determining how your subway accident occurred is important because the person or company responsible for the accident should be held legally accountable and made to compensate you for your losses. In almost every subway accident case, the injury claim is brought forth against the city itself.
Common causes of subway accidents often include:
- Negligent actions by subway operators
- Insufficient maintenance of the subway or tracks
- Negligent security in subway stations or aboard trains
- Failure to maintain the subway or subway station
In order for the city to be liable for a subway accident, it must be proven that the city or its employees were unreasonably negligent. The city itself can be considered negligent if it had policies in place that put patrons at risk. If an employee, such as a subway operator, was negligent, then the city can be responsible for the actions of its employee.
Have Questions? Turn to Our Firm!
When the government is sued, there are special rules that apply because of governmental immunity protections. For example, you must file a Notice of Claim with the appropriate government agency within 90 days of the subway accident. This is just one of the special rules that applies in these complicated cases. This is why it is more important than ever to have a New York City personal injury attorney in your corner.
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we have experience helping clients take legal action against parties who caused them harm. From Manhattan to the Bronx, we represent clients throughout the surrounding areas. Let us help with your subway accident case today.
Call The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. today at (212) 577-9325. We would be more than happy to set up a free consultation!
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