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There are millions of people who use the buses, subways, and railroads provided by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) every day. Each year, they collectively run 2.62 billion trips. Usually, these are safe and passengers experience no major problems getting to where they need to be. While this is true, accidents can happen just like another other method of transportation. When mass transit accidents happen due to the negligence of another party and passengers become injured, they can pursue legal action to recover compensation with the assistance of an experienced New York personal injury attorney.

What are Causes of Train Accidents?

There are a variety of different ways that a train accident can happen due to negligence. Some of the most common causes can include:

  • 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 are Causes of Bus Accidents?

MTA buses can be involved in serious accidents as well in the event that negligence takes place. Some common causes of bus accidents can include:

  • 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

How do I Pursue Compensation?

When an injured passenger in a mass transit accident wants to recover compensation for their damages, they can do so by filing a lawsuit. In doing so, they are required to prove that another party was negligent, thus causing the accident and their injuries. This can be done with evidence such as footage of the accident, witness statements, police report, medical documentation of the injuries, and more. 

Due to the fact that the MTA is provided by the state, the lawsuit would be against the municipality. The process of pursuing legal action in these cases is different from a personal injury claim against another person, as the injured party must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of their accident. 

Contact our 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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