Subway Accident Lawyers
The Transit Authority is responsible for the maintenance of the subway system and may be held responsible for any injuries suffered by subway riders in New York. The Federal Railroad Administration reports that on average there are 3,000 train-related accidents that happen every year resulting in nearly 1,000 fatalities and thousands more significant injuries.
Subway users may suffer injuries in various ways:
- Being struck by a subway train
- Being electrified by tracks
- Platform falls
- Turnstyle injury
- Subway door injury
- Inadequate lighting
Rail workers who are injured on the job are covered by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act of 1907 (FELA). While FELA will provide certain benefits to injured employees, it also requires that the injured worker show negligence of their employer, which usually requires knowledge of legal standards and practices surrounding the rail safety procedures. Therefore, workers injured on a railroad should also seek subway accident lawyers when making their claims.
In accident cases it is important to have a report of the accident. Written reports can help recreate the situations in order to better assess whether the accused party is negligent or not. Make sure to include the particular hazard of the subway or train that caused the accident. It is a good idea to take pictures of the hazard as soon as possible after the accident in order to support your claim. Also, get the name and contact information of both the property owner, if applicable, and any other people that witnessed the incident in order to have complete documentation of the accident.
In many cases of subway and train accidents, the property is owned and operated by a government entity. Most laws require that the government entity be given notice of the injury within a very short period of time. The statue of limitations on reporting train or subway accidents is very short in most states. Therefore, it is recommended that attorneys are notified right away.
In court, the accused property owner, usually a government entity, will have attorneys that will try to refute and devalue your case. Having an experienced subway accident attorney on your side will help fight and counter the testimony given by the property owner.
You have the right to receive proper compensation for the injuries sustained as a result of a negligent property owner!
Don't wonder about your rights!