Mass Transit Accident Attorney
The enormous amount of people in New York City calls for an equally extensive mass transportation system. New Yorkers rely on public buses, the subway, and the railway to commute in and out of the city. We never expect mass transit to breakdown or collide with other vehicles or pedestrians. Yet these types of accidents occur every year. If you find yourself the victim of a mass transit accident in NYC, protect your rights with help from an attorney. You may be able to bring a claim against the city or another entity for damage compensation.
Who Is to Blame for a Mass Transit Accident?
The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) are the two entities mainly in charge of NYC’s mass transit. The City of New York oversees these programs. The New York City bus, subway system, Metro-North Railroad, Staten Island Railway, and the Long Island Rail Road are all common mass transit systems the city runs daily. An accident involving any of these methods of transportation could come down to city negligence. This might be the case in the following scenarios:
- An operator crashes the vehicle due to negligence. Drivers who are distracted, drowsy, drunk, or otherwise unfit to operate a system can cause accidents. If a driver or railway operator caused your crash, you may have a case against the individual or the company based on the rules of vicarious liability.
- The transit company fails to train its employees or maintain its vehicles. The company may be liable for an accident if it failed to abide by accepted industry standards in terms of employee training, hiring procedures, or fleet maintenance. This might be the case if your accident stemmed from a mechanical failure.
- A defective part malfunctioned and caused an accident. You might have a case against a product manufacturer or distributor if a defective part caused your crash. A defect could be a manufacturing error, an inherently dangerous design, or improper labeling. If a defective part such as a seatbelt contributed to your injuries in a crash, you might be able to bring a claim against the product manufacturer and the party who caused the accident.
- Another driver crashed into the mass transit vehicle. A third party may be responsible if he or she caused the accident by negligent colliding with the bus, subway, or train. In this case, you might be able to recover through the driver’s insurance company.
Assigning fault is one of the first steps in pursuing compensation after a mass transit accident. Retaining an attorney can benefit you in that our team will investigate your crash and help you determine the likely defendant(s). If we believe your case has merit as a personal injury or wrongful death claim, we can file the necessary paperwork. Suing the City of New York is no easy task. There are strict deadlines and rules you must obey. Our law firm can make this process much easier on you. Reach out to our team as soon as possible after a mass transit crash for a free legal consultation.