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Subway Accidents

New York’s subway system is owned by New York City but leased to the New York City Transit Authority and part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). As the world’s largest rapid transit system, more than 5.7 million rides are delivered every day on the trains 24/7. The subway is generally viewed as a safe form of transportation, especially compared to driving, but accidents still occur.

If you have been injured in a New York subway accident, Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers is prepared to give you the legal representation you deserve. We will fight for fair compensation and put over 30 decades of experience to work for you.

Types of New York Subway Accident Cases We Handle

Types of New York Subway Accident Cases We Handle

At Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of accidents involving the trains in New York. Contact our law office if you have been hurt in an accident involving any of the following.

  • Subway slip and fall accidents
  • Falls onto the tracks
  • Entrapment or caught between train doors
  • Subway derailment accidents
  • Train crashes
  • Electric shock accidents
  • Subway assault

We are prepared to fight on your behalf to hold the MTA accountable when their negligence causes you injury.

What Causes Subway Accidents in New York?

The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) operated by the MTA has a duty to ensure reasonably safe conditions on the subway system. This means the trains themselves must be reasonably safe, maintained, and inspected and staff must be properly hired, trained, and supervised. The MTA can be held responsible for dangerous conditions or negligence involving the trains and subway cars, train rails, subway platforms, and stairs.

Common causes of subway accidents in New York City include:

  • Operator error
  • Mechanical failure
  • Insufficient training
  • Inadequate maintenance of subway cars, platforms, or rails
  • Inadequate security
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Slippery or damaged subway platforms
  • Damaged, crumbling, or slippery stairs
  • Overcrowding
  • Defective turnstiles
  • Sudden stops that cause falls while riding
  • Malfunctioning doors
  • Inadequate safety barriers or railings
  • Faulty equipment
Recovering Compensation for a New York Subway Accident

Recovering Compensation for a New York Subway Accident

Claims against public transit authorities are notoriously complicated. After your accident, it’s crucial to take action quickly to preserve evidence before it is lost and file a claim for compensation. You face not only a short deadline to make a claim, but you are up against the powerful resources of the MTA. You deserve an experienced New York injury lawyer to help you create a well-prepared case.

Claims against New York State, NYC, the NYCTA, and the MTA involve sovereign immunity. Bringing a case against a government entity requires following strict rules. You must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of your accident to inform the government of your injury, your contact information, the circumstances of the accident, and where and when it happened.

The government must respond within 30 days to request a hearing. You must generally testify under oath before you can file an injury lawsuit. You have just one year and 90 days from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit, or within two years of a wrongful death.

In addition to unique and specific filing requirements, you face hurdles in proving negligence. Proving the MTA was negligence can be an uphill battle that requires extensive evidence and even expert testimony. Given the complexity of your case, it’s critical to consult with an experienced New York subway accident lawyer as soon as possible to gather the evidence you need and ensure all requirements are met to recover compensation.

Recovering Compensation for a New York Subway Accident

Contact Goidel & Siegel for a Free Consultation

Whether you were injured in a subway slip and fall accident, assaulted on the train, or injured in a derailment, you need experienced legal representation to hold the MTA accountable for their negligence. Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers has three decades of experience fighting for injured riders and their families. We will put our resources, experience, and reputation to work for you.

Our multilingual trial lawyers have extensive experience inside and outside the courtroom which means we are taken seriously by insurance companies during negotiations. Call our law office today for a free case review with a New York MTA accident lawyer to explore your legal options and discuss how we can help you.

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