As you can imagine, there are few accidents more frightening than those involving trains. Though for the majority of the time, trains are safe, efficient, and reliable means of transportation, train accidents do happen, and if you’ve been injured in one, you should read on and reach out to our experienced Bronx personal injury lawyer. Our firm is ready to fight for the compensation you need to heal. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding train accidents and the claims process ahead:
What are the most common causes of train accidents?
As you can tell, trains are complex machines, composed of thousands of parts. This is why all those in charge of maintaining, operating, and designing/manufacturing trains must take great caution. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Some of the most common types of negligence that lead to train accidents are as follows:
- Railroad employees operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to brake correctly
- Falling asleep on the job
- Train operating failing to release or secure the handbrakes
- Railroad crew improperly aligning the railroad switches
- Driving the train at excessive speeds
- Negligently directing crew members
After a train accident, it may be very difficult to take action to document the scene, however, if you can, you should. To start, you should call emergency services to the scene. If you were injured in a train accident, you were most likely not the only person injured, which is why you should obtain statements regarding the accident from others who were involved. You should also ensure that you take pictures of the scene, obtain medical documentation regarding your injuries, and hire an experienced Bronx personal injury lawyer.
Filing a Notice of Claim in New York City
Though the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York City is, typically, three years, this is not the case when it comes to train accidents, as these are accidents that involve municipalities. Those injured in train accidents in NYC must provide a Notice of Claim in a matter of months. Failure to do so will most likely result in them losing their right to sue. If you’ve been injured in a train accident, the time to act is now. Our experienced Bronx personal injury lawyer is ready to help you.
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.