Subway Accidents

Subway Accident Lawyer Manhattan

If you have suffered from a New York City subway accident or injury, it’s a good idea to get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able to.

If someone else’s negligence was the cause of your injuries, you have a right to fair compensation that one of the personal injury lawyers at our Manhattan law firm will be happy to assist you with.

Gray Law Firm is a New York state law firm representing victims of subway train accidents and train accidents. Making sure others are held accountable since 1996, Gray Law Firm will provide you with a free consultation for any subway and train accident cases.

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Benefits of a New York Subway Accident Lawyer

There are many benefits to having a subway accident lawyer on your side. After suffering from subway or train accident injuries, a subway accident attorney can help you win the compensation you deserve.

While there may be evidence of what caused your injuries during a subway or train accident, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) may act fast to fix the problem. Working with a personal injury attorney allows them to do the investigative work for you, fully evaluating your case from all angles.

A Gray Law Firm attorney will thoroughly investigate what went wrong and find the root cause of your train accident. They can also help identify all parties that may have been involved.

If the person responsible for your injuries attempts to blame you for the accident, a subway accident lawyer can fight for you and negotiate with the defense lawyers and insurance companies.

Our subway accident lawyers are also experienced with timelines – we know that the MTA moves fast when subway train accidents are reported, so we can sufficiently assist in filing your claim in a timely manner.

Common Causes of Subway Accidents

Most subway accidents cause injury through little to no fault of your own. Most of the time, subway train accidents are caused by mass transit authority negligence.

Amongst some of the most common causes of NYC subway injuries are slip and fall accidents, subway crashes, subway derailment, getting caught between doors, falling onto the tracks, electrocution or electric shock, and assault-related injuries caused by negligent security.

These types of injuries can be caused by a variety of factors. Negligent maintenance of subway platforms and subway cars can lead to various injuries. If your NYC train accident is caused by negligent train operators, Gray Law Firm’s New York train accident attorneys can help.

Damaged staircases can begin to crumble if not addressed – leading to a staircase fall. Weather can also cause wet floors from rain or slippery floors from snow, leading someone to slip on ice.

Overcrowding, poor lighting, defective subway turnstiles, inadequate safety railings and barriers, malfunctioning subway doors, sudden stops, signal errors, lack of warning signs, and dangers in vehicle operating systems all contribute to potential subway accidents and injuries.

Subway accidents are most often caused by negligence in inspecting and maintaining subway stations, including their cars, platforms, and staircases.

Subway and Train Accident Statistics

Did you know that there are nearly 500 subway stations in NYC? In fact, NYC has the largest subway system in the world.

The subway actually has a daily ridership of about 5.5 million – with its annual ridership in 2019 being roughly 1.7 billion. It’s safe to say that most of the time, passengers of subways and trains reach their destination without any issues.

However, thousands of New York residents and visitors are injured during subway accidents each year. With nearly 7,000 subway cars, nearly 500 subway stations, 665 miles of track, and just under 6,000 vehicles in its bus fleet, accidents are bound to happen.

This is no surprise when you learn that the average subway car in 2016 ran about 112,000 miles without being repaired. To put that number into perspective, subway cars were repaired after running just over 7,000 miles in 1982.

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Common Injuries in NYC Subway Accidents

It’s important to know what kind of injuries can result from subway accidents. Victims who are lucky walk away with a few scrapes and bruises after a train accident, but other injuries can be much more severe.

Whether you are the victim of organ damage, chest injuries, vision or hearing loss, nerve damage, head and neck injuries, burns, broken bones, paralysis, amputation, brain injury, spinal cord damage, or soft tissue injuries, we will ensure you receive appropriate compensation.

Gray Law Firm has experience with clients who have suffered from a variety of injuries. Let us take care of the legal tasks while you focus on recovery from your subway or train accident.

When to File a Lawsuit and Your Legal Options

One of the most important things about filing a lawsuit after a subway accident is time. In all New York personal injury cases, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for damages.

A subway accident attorney can assist in ensuring all timelines are met. The NYC statute of limitations gives victims three years to file personal injury lawsuits for a subway or train accident.

That’s right: after three years have passed, victims lose their right to compensation – and the clock starts on the date of the subway accident.

Furthermore, if the subway accident was the result of government negligence, the time limit is much shorter. Because the NYCTA and MTA are public authorities, they receive benefits that only apply to government entities.

The three-year time limit is reduced to just 90 days – so victims of subway accidents must file a notice of claim within 90 days letting the city know they intend to pursue their right to compensation.

A subway accident attorney from Gray Law Firm will ensure all appropriate information is included in your notice of claim, such as a description of your injuries, how the accident happened, where the accident occurred, and both your full name and your attorney’s full name.

Establishing Liability

So long as your subway accident is not entirely your fault, you are entitled to compensation. In fact, New York follows a system that allows fault to be attributed to all responsible parties. This means if you are partly to blame for the accident, your compensation will be reduced.

In New York City, business owners are responsible for maintaining their properties and ensuring that all surrounding areas are safe. If your subway accident is due to the unsafe conditions of the subway, you would be entitled to compensation under premises liability laws.

However, there are instances where other parties may try to blame victims wholly for their injuries. This is where an experienced subway accident attorney from Gray Law Firm can help.

We will investigate the scene of the accident to gain evidence and any other information that may minimize your role in the accident, such as photos and videos, surveillance footage, and eyewitness testimonies.

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Fighting For Full Compensation With Legal Representation

If you are the victim of a New York City subway accident, you are entitled to compensation for each and every expense associated with the accident – including how the injuries impact your daily life.

Examples of compensation include:

  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Lost wages
  • In-home care
  • Physical therapy
  • Emergency room costs
  • Medical bills
  • Damages for wrongful death (if you lost a loved one during the accident)
  • All childcare costs while you recover from your injuries

At Gray Law Firm, we know that insurance companies may not so easily award compensation, but we will fight for your right to full compensation.

A Subway Accident Attorney for Personal Injury Cases

If you are the victim of a subway or train accident, a New York train accident lawyer from Gray Law Firm is here to help. Subway train accidents that take place within the New York subway system call for an experienced train accident attorney who is experienced with accidents involving a New York City train or NYC subway system.

Whether your subway accident claim is due to negligence on the part of a train operator or subway station maintenance, we will provide a thorough investigation of your train accident lawsuit to ensure we fully understand all the facts.

With years of professional experience in personal injury cases caused by public transportation accidents, we pride ourselves on our dedication to caring for victims of subway train accident injuries. We aim to get you your maximum compensation.

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