What to Know About Mass Transit Accidents in New York City

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What to Know About Mass Transit Accidents in New York City

Many people consider mass transit to be safe and dependable. However, there are times where bus and train accidents can occur. These accidents are also known as mass transit accidents. If you’ve recently been injured in one, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Manhattan personal injury attorney to learn more about these accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do most train accidents happen?

Train accidents, albeit relatively uncommon, can happen. Unfortunately, train accidents often injure several people at once. Some of the most common causes of train accidents are as follows:

  • Operating the train while under the influence of alcohol
  • Distracted train operators
  • Negligent train crews
  • Faulty train tracks
  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Train part malfunctions

How do most bus accidents happen?

Bus accidents can occur for many different reasons, such as poor road conditions, negligent drivers, malfunctioning bus parts, and more. However, these accidents are frequently caused by bus driver negligence. Some of the most common examples of bus driver negligence that our firm sees are as follows:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Making sudden starts and stops
  • Carelessly discharging passengers
  • Ignoring traffic lights or signs
  • Failing to account for blind spots/negligently merging or changing lanes

If you were injured because a bus driver took any of the aforementioned negligent actions, you should have a valid personal injury claim.

How long will I have to file a Notice of Claim after a mass transit accident in NYC?

When someone is injured, he or she will only have the amount of time allotted in the state’s statute of limitations to do so. In New York, if you are injured in an accident, you typically have three years from the date of your injury to file. However, if you were injured on property owned by the state or municipality, you will have far less time to file a Notice of Claim. In New York State, you are required to file a Notice of Claim with the MTA within 90 days. Missing this deadline will most likely permanently bar you from suing.

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.

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