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Subway Accidents in the Five Boroughs

Subway accidents are common in New York City and caution should be of the utmost importance to the individuals that run the subways and trains. Sadly, the individuals that run the subways and 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.

It’s estimated that about 4 million people in New York use the subway system every day; 300,000 people use Metro-North and 350,000 people use the Long Island Railroad.

Of these passengers, hundreds will be seriously injured or killed on New York’s subway systems each year. What makes this reality particularly disturbing is the fact that almost all of these injuries and deaths could be prevented if the proper safety and maintenance procedures were taken.

Anyone who has ridden the subway in New York can tell you that it’s the quickest way of getting around New York, but there are a multitude of things that can make your subway experience less than fun. Accidents that involve subways, buses, trains and other forms of mass transit operated by the MTA can be very complex so getting the aid of an experienced personal injury attorney is imperative. When mass transit accidents happen, injured parties and families of people who were killed face a variety of complicated legal issues.

Some of the common causes of MTA (Manhattan Transit Authority) accidents are:

  • Operator error:  Inexperienced, fatigued, or distracted drivers can cause bus, train and subway accidents
  • Excessive speed: Subways, buses and trains that are traveling too fast can crash into other vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Mechanical defects and defective parts
  • Poor maintenance

The MTA is a public corporation that manages various types of public transportation in the greater New York City area. They are responsible for the following types of mass transit:

  • New York City subways
  • New York City buses
  • Long Island Railroad
  • Metro-North Railroad
  • Seven bridges including the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, Henry Hudson Bridge, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, Robert F. Kennedy Tri-borough Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
  • Two tunnels including the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and Queens Midtown Tunnel.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is responsible for investigating most MTA accidents. The MTA itself and other local and state investigators and police personnel may also take part in an investigation.

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.

Given the complicated nature of these accidents, the best and wisest course of action is to call the experienced, effective and compassionate attorneys at the Dervishi Law Group. We know how to help, and we will stand by your side during the entire process to help you get the compensation you deserve. Get the legal services that are second to none. Contact the personal injury attorneys at the Dervishi Law Group.

About The Author

Fatos Dervishi, Esq.

Fatos Dervishi, Esq.

A personal injury attorney, with offices in the Bronx and Manhattan, Fatos Dervishi has years of experience handling cases in New York. Mr. Dervishi, who grew up in Albania, obtained his law degree in 1989 from the Tirana University School of Law. He then worked as a special agent of the General Investigations Office with an office in Tirana, before being elected Deputy Attorney General by the Albanian Parliament in 1994. He served as Deputy Attorney General of Albania from 1994 to 1998.

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