Train & Subway Accidents on Long Island, in NYC & the Nearby Areas
Although train and subway accidents are rarer than other types of motor vehicle collisions—such as car and truck accidents—they are still a lot more common than many people realize. According to MTA data, 47 people were killed in subway train accidents in New York City between January and August 2021. Of these fatalities, 42 involved collisions with trains.
In addition to dozens of fatalities, thousands of people are injured on trains or subways every year. If you were injured or if someone you love tragically died due to a train or subway accident on Long Island, in NYC, or anywhere in the surrounding areas, contact Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP. Since 1985, our team has fought tirelessly for the rights of people and families affected by the negligence of others. We are fully prepared to help you bring a claim against an individual, a municipal entity, or a private train or subway company; if necessary, we are even ready to protect you and your rights in court.
Common Train & Subway Accidents
While collisions between trains and people represent the most devastating type of subway train accident, this is not the only example. In fact, more people are injured in non-collision train and subway accidents each year.
Some of the most common types of train and subway accidents include:
- Collisions between trains and people
- Collisions between trains
- Falling onto the tracks
- Being pushed onto the tracks
- Contact with the third/electric rail
- Slips, trips, and falls aboard trains
- Slips, trips, and falls on train platforms and in stations
- Doors closing too soon
- Train malfunctions
- Assaults, robberies, and other criminal conduct aboard trains and in train stations
If you or someone you love was involved in any type of train or subway accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your resulting medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages. To file a claim, you will need to prove that someone else—whether it was another person, the train operator or subway company, a municipal agency, or some other entity—was at fault and/or legally liable for your damages.
Who Is Liable for a Train or Subway Accident?
Determining who is liable for a train or subway accident can be difficult. In some cases, a single third party, such as another individual, could be legally responsible for your injuries and damages. This could be the case if you were directly injured by someone who acted negligently or wrongfully, such as an individual who committed a crime, leading to your injury. In other instances, the company or municipal entity that owns or operates the train could be liable. For example, if you were assaulted aboard a subway train as a result of inadequate security, you may have a claim against the subway agency.
One of the main elements of determining liability for a train or subway accident is identifying exactly how the incident occurred. By investigating the cause of the accident, our New York train and subway accident attorneys can often determine who is liable for your resulting injuries and damages.
Some of the most common causes of train and subway accidents in New York include:
- Train defects or defective train or rail components
- Unsafe train crossings and subway platforms
- Slippery or wet floors in train stations or on platforms
- Lack of proper safety barriers or guardrails
- Problems with train tracks, including track failure
- Train malfunction, including electrical failures
- Train operator negligence, including speeding and distraction
- Negligent security on trains, on platforms, and in stations
- Missing or defective handrails
- Defective train and subway doors
- Improper train or track maintenance, including failure to conduct maintenance
- Insufficient or improper training of train or subway workers
- Failure to complete train necessary repairs
Our attorneys carefully review the details of our clients’ cases to determine exactly what happened—and who is to blame. We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of maximum compensation for our clients and, to date, have recovered more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts.
Injuries Caused by Train & Subway Accidents
Train and subway accidents often lead to severe, life-altering injuries and fatalities. Due to the devastating nature of these incidents, many victims are left with immense physical, emotional, and financial hardships in the wake of a train or subway accident.
Some of the most common injuries caused by train and subway accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Face and eye injuries
- Soft tissue damage
These and other injuries can result in extensive medical treatment and ongoing care, costing victims and their families thousands of dollars in medical bills. Often, victims are unable to return to work because of their injuries, sometimes for weeks, months, or even years. As a result, they lose important income and benefits they need to pay their medical expenses and other everyday expenses.
At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, we understand the immense impact train and subway accidents have. Our team is committed to helping victims and their families fight for the full, fair compensation they are owed so that they can get back on their feet. We are here to serve as your trusted advocate and guide throughout the legal process, providing the information and resources you need to make empowered decisions about your case and your recovery.
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