Many New Yorkers rely heavily on the MTA to get them safely from place to place. Fortunately, most of us use the MTA our entire lives without incident. However, accidents can occur, and if you are one of the unlucky few to be involved in a bus or train accident, you are most likely now severely injured as a result. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you must continue reading and request the legal services of our experienced New York City personal injury firm so we can help you through the claims process. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What can cause bus accidents?
Though buses generally travel at low speeds, they are not accident-immune. Some of the most common causes of bus accidents can include driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, neglecting to account for massive blind spots, carelessly discharging passengers, sudden stops and starts, driving while distracted, and more.
How do train accidents happen?
Train accidents, fortunately, are quite rare, and are certainly far less common than other auto accidents. However, they do happen, and if you have been involved in one, you are most likely now severely injured. Some of the most common causes of train accidents are as follows:
- Improperly applying brakes
- Negligent train conductors, operators, or crew
- Operating the train while intoxicated
- Railroad employees falling asleep on the job
- Failing to properly maintain the train/train tracks
- Operators giving employees negligent instructions
How long will I have to sue after sustaining an injury in a mass transit accident?
When someone sustains an injury in New York State, they are granted a certain period of time to file a lawsuit after their accident. This timeframe is known as the statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is, generally, three years, individuals will generally have three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against a negligent party. However, that being said, if you are filing a lawsuit against a municipality, these rules change. When suing a municipality, you will, generally, have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident, and from there, you will have 1 year and 90 days of the accident to file a lawsuit against the MTA. If you need a trustworthy firm to take legal action as soon as possible, you’ve found it. We are ready to fight for your rights.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.