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Subway Accident Injury – Who to Sue?
New York City Subway
New York City Subway under New York City Transit Authority is one of the oldest public transit systems in the world. Since its inauguration in 1904, the subway connects cities, carries millions of people and has created jobs across the city. The subway is available for commuting 24 hours a day 365 days.
The world’s largest transit system with 460 plus stations spreads across the four boroughs namely Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. Spanning over 230 miles the subway system carried 1.75 billion riders in 2014. Even though it is a subway, 40% of the track runs above ground. That is still a lot of tunnels though.
Accidents in the subway
The high safety standards ensure minimal incidents across the entire transit. Yet, accidents in the subway are serious in nature and lead to grievous injuries. The New York City subway system has also witnessed increase in deaths since 2012. More than 50 people were killed in subway related deaths in 2012.
Types of subway accidents
Subway accidents involve mighty institutions like the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), and the victim requires strong legal representation to win compensations. Our New York City subway accident attorneys have represented subway accident clients who have suffered injuries in accidents that include:
- Trip, slip and falls in the stations, inside subway cars
- Injury or death when personal property gets caught on the gate
- Transit work accidents
- Car mishaps
- Hit by trains pulling up
- Tripping and falling into track trenches
- Subway assaults and pushes
- Caught in doors of cars
- Injuries sustained during sudden stops
Poor maintenance of the trains and the New York City subway stations also contribute to accidental injuries and death. Mostly victims fall into the trenches while embarking or disembarking from the subway car. Derailments though rare, could injure more passengers since most passengers stand while traveling in subways. An express train carries around 1,000 straphangers and a derailment could injure countless number of passengers.
Subway accidents are serious
Accidents and derailments could lead to:
- Panic & anxiety attacks
- Grievous head injuries
- Shocks and trauma.
- Asphyxiation due to fire and smoke engulfing the car
Until rescue teams arrive for help, it could be a nightmare. Power is usually cut off to avoid fire accidents. When rescued from stranded subway cars, passengers are guided through the dark tunnels to the nearest emergency evacuation spots where they need to climb ladders or pass through grates. It is all the more difficult to transport seriously injured passengers from accident sites inside the tunnel.
Our New York subway accident attorneys are quite skillful in handling the rules and regulations of the MTA, besides having a concrete command over the legal implications of such accidents. In case of the MTA, a Notice of Claim needs to be filed within 90 days from the date and time of the accident.
If you or your loved ones have been injured in a subway accident due to third party negligence, contact our law firm of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff to understand the legal implications and remedies. Our New York City subway accident attorneys can help you file compensation for your injuries and/or death of loved ones. Call: 212 697 9280. We know this arena. We know how to win and have won millions of dollars for our clients. Join this much appreciated list by calling us.