New Yorkers use the subway system nearly every day. Generally, subways are regarded as a dependable means of transportation, though sometimes, unfortunately, they are not. Subway accidents often happen without warning, and passengers are usually unable to protect themselves as a result. If you have been involved in a subway accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help offset some of the financial burdens you may now be facing. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What most frequently causes subway accidents?
Subway accidents can be caused by any number of scenarios. Since they are complex machines, any one thing can go wrong and lead to a serious accident. Some of the most common causes of subway accidents are as follows:
- People being dragged under the trail
- Electrical injuries due to malfunctions
- Obstructed walkways
- Trip and falls in the stations or on the platform
- Doors closing too soon
- Robberies and other criminal activity due to poor subway security
- Broken escalators
- Broken stairs or platforms
- Sudden stops
- Turnstyle injuries
- Operator negligence
What injuries are most commonly sustained in subway accidents?
Some of the injuries that have recovered financial compensation in the past are as follows:
- Traumatic head injuries
- Internal injuries
- Death or paralysis
- Back injuries
- Burns or dismemberment
- Ligament, tendon and muscle injuries
- Bone fractures or breaks
How do I recover financial compensation following a New York subway accident?
To recover financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. An experienced attorney can dramatically bolster your chances of successfully doing so.
How can I prove another party’s negligence?
The best way to prove negligence is by providing security camera footage, or any other sort of photographic or video evidence. However, you and your attorney may also provide pictures of the safety hazard that caused your injuries, police reports, witness statements verifying your claim, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, and more to prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations in New York State?
When filing a lawsuit against the New York City Transit Authority, you have 90 days from the date of your accident to file a Notice of Claim. From there, you will have 1 year and 90 days to move forward with your personal injury lawsuit. You cannot afford to wait. Hire an experienced attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact our experienced New York 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.