The MTA is a huge part of New York’s transportation system. People take trains and buses all over the state, whether they live in the city or not. Some people use the MTA to commute to work, while others, such as tourists, use it for fun. Whatever your reason may be, you expect to arrive safely at your destination. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. At times, buses and trains have proven to be dangerous modes of transportation, which can turn a trip to the city into a nightmare. If you have been involved in a mass transit accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of bus accidents?
While bus accidents are not as frequent as car accidents, they still occur, and when they do, the outcome is almost always severe. While not always the case, bus accidents are most commonly caused by driver negligence. Here are some examples of bus driver negligence:
- Texting and driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Navigating directions while driving
- Failing to compensate for large blind spots
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Discharging passengers on unsafe or poorly maintained roadways
- Sudden stops and starts
- A lack of seatbelts
- A lack of fire extinguishers
- Driving while drowsy
What are the most frequent causes of train accidents?
Thankfully, train accidents are less common than both bus and car accidents. Unfortunately, train accidents are often the most deadly, for several reasons–primarily, their massive size and the rate of speed at which they move. While train operators are most often responsible for train accidents, train manufacturers and maintenance companies may also be held responsible. Some examples of negligent train maintenance are as follows:
- Tracks in disrepair
- Broken welds
- Cracks around bolt holes
- Broken switches
- Worn down rails
More commonly, however, are train accidents caused by train operator negligence. Here are some examples of negligent behavior:
- Excessively speeding
- Crew members receiving improper instructions
- Improper alignment of railroad switches
- Failing to secure or release hand brakes
- Railroad employees operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Railroad employees operating while drowsy or fatigued
- Failing to comply with orders
- Using brakes improperly
How do I know if I am entitled to compensation following a New York mass transit accident?
To recover compensation, you must first prove another party’s negligence led to the injuries you have sustained. In New York, you must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident. Once you have filed your Notice of Claim, you must file your lawsuit against the MTA within 1 year and 90 days of the accident.
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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.