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The MTA is generally regarded as a safe, dependable means of transportation. Millions of people use the MTA every single day. Whether commuters use the MTA to travel to work, school, or just to enjoy the city, it is constantly in motion. Though accidents seldom occur, if you find yourself one of the unlucky victims of one, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you are in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:

How do train accidents happen?

Train accidents are rare, but they do occur. Some of the most common causes of train accidents are as follows:

  • Railroad employees operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Train operators improperly securing or releasing hand brakes
  • Railroad employees failing to comply with or understand orders
  • Railroad employees falling asleep on the job
  • Railroad employees receiving improper instructions
  • Train operators excessively speeding
  • Improper railroad maintenance crews leaving broken welds, dysfunctional switches, or any other potential safety hazard unattended

What can cause a bus accident?

Buses, generally seen as slow-moving, safe vehicles, can prove to be quite dangerous if improperly or negligently operated. The most common causes of bus accidents are as follows:

  • Sudden stops and starts
  • Bus fires
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Texting while driving
  • Large blind spots
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Negligent road design
  • Discharging passengers on unsafe roadways

Am I eligible for financial compensation?

To recover financial compensation after a mass transit accident, your attorney will first have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. To satisfy the burden of proof, your attorney may work to recover security camera footage of the accident, witness statements, police reports, medical documents, and more.

However, before filing a lawsuit, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of your accident. This is because you are suing a municipality, which is different than suing a private citizen. Once you file your Notice of Claim, you will have 1 year and 90 days of the accident to file a lawsuit. Do not wait. Hire an attorney who is ready to get the ball rolling.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.

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