People all over the City rely on the MTA to safely transport them to and from their destinations. Fortunately, this is usually the case. However, sometimes MTA employers or staff are negligent, and accidents can happen. If you are someone who was injured in an MTA accident, you are most likely now looking into receiving financial compensation to help cover the cost of any damages you may have incurred. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options:
What causes bus accidents?
Bus accidents, though rarer than car accidents, happen more often than you’d think. Some of the most frequent causes of bus accidents are as follows:
- Negligent road design
- Discharging of passengers on unsafe or poorly maintained roadways
- Lack of seatbelts and fire extinguishers
- Dysfunctional escape hatches and doors
- Large blind spots
- Poor weather conditions
- Bus drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Texting and driving
- Bus fires
What can cause a train accident?
Train accidents, rather obviously, are often some of the most destructive. Passengers can be severely injured if they were involved in a train accident. Here are some of the most common types of train accidents:
- Excessively speeding
- Crew members receiving improper instructions
- Railroad employees operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver failing to secure or release handbrakes
- Improper alignment of railroad switches
- Train operators improperly using brakes
- Falling asleep on the job
Do I qualify for financial compensation?
To qualify for financial compensation, you will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This is why it is always best to hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury process. To prove your claim, an attorney will try and recover security camera footage of the accident, medical documents detailing the extent of your injuries, police reports, witness statements, and more.
When filing a lawsuit against a municipality, you must first file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident. From here, you will have to file your personal injury lawsuit within 1 year and 90 days of your accident. The sooner you act, the better. If you wait too long, you may be denied the compensation you deserve. Do not let this happen. Speak with our seasoned firm today.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.