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Brooklyn Train Accident LawyerHave you been involved in a train accident in Brooklyn, NY? Contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers for immediate legal assistance. You may have the right to receive compensation from the negligent engineer, the MTA, or a private train company. Our Brooklyn train accident lawyers can help you fight to maximize your financial recovery.

When you choose the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers, you put a former insurance defense attorney in your corner. You’ll benefit from a seasoned litigator with more than 25 years of experience and work with a law firm that’s won millions of dollars for injury victims just like you.

Contact our law office in Brooklyn, New York, or call (718) 802-1600 to learn more about your legal rights and how we can help after your train accident. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation. And, there’s no cost to hire our law firm unless we win your case. Call to get started now.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You After a Train Accident in Brooklyn

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You After a Train Accident in BrooklynThe Subway isn’t the only train system to run through Brooklyn, NY. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York and Atlantic Railway (or NYA) also operate in and travel through the borough. And, while accidents don’t happen every day, they aren’t unheard of. 

When train accidents do happen, they tend to be devastating. Passengers, bystanders, motorists in other vehicles, and workers can sustain severe and catastrophic injuries. Often, victims have the right to file an insurance claim or lawsuit for damages. But actually recovering compensation can be a challenge.

That’s where Brooklyn personal injury lawyer Jay Knispel and the team at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help.

Our law firm has decades of experience handling complicated personal injury cases. We know that matters involving trains tend to be more complex and technical than others. We have the experience, reputation, and resources that are needed to help our clients win.

When you trust us with your train accident case, we will:

  • Make sure the train accident is subject to a thorough independent investigation
  • Work with state and local law enforcement agencies as they attempt to determine the cause of your train accident
  • Consult with experts as we analyze evidence and determine what your case is worth
  • Defend you against any “victim-blaming” efforts
  • Negotiate with insurance companies and other responsible parties to get you the best possible deal, and
  • Have an accomplished trial attorney bring your case to a jury in Brooklyn if you aren’t offered a fair settlement offer.

Focus on getting better. Let the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers take care of your personal injury case. To get started, just give our law office in Brooklyn a call to schedule your free consultation.

How Common Are Train Accidents?

Every year, there are thousands of train accidents on public and private crossings in the United States. According to preliminary data, there were 2,125 train accidents reported in 2021. Those accidents resulted in 238 deaths and another 647 injuries.

Since trains are one of the primary forms of transportation in Brooklyn, New York City, and the greater tri-state area, accidents happen quite often. According to the MTA, there were at least 50 fatal train accidents in New York City reported in the first eight months of 2021. 

What Are the Most Common Causes of Train Accidents in Brooklyn?

Leading causes of train accidents and train injuries include:

  • Derailments
  • Collisions 
  • Falling onto the tracks
  • Speeding 
  • Mechanical failure
  • Defective tracks
  • Defective brakes
  • Distracted engineers
  • Stalled cars on tracks
  • Unprotected railroad crossings
  • Inexperienced operators
  • Failure to turn on signal lights or provide adequate warnings
  • Improper operation of a crossing arm
  • Pedestrians (suicides)
  • Malfunctioning signals

Our Brooklyn train accident attorneys will comb through the evidence and information related to your case. Determining why your accident happened (and identifying every possible cause) will help us understand who’s liable for your injuries.

Who Can Be Liable For a Train Accident in Brooklyn, NY?

Under New York state law, anyone who contributes to a train accident can be liable for the resulting costs. 

After a thorough investigation into your crash, our attorneys may determine that one or more of the following parties are liable:

  • Negligent train operator
  • Negligent train staff
  • Train company
  • Mass Transit Authority (MTA)
  • Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
  • New York and Atlantic Railway
  • Government agencies
  • Negligent motorists
  • Bicyclists or pedestrians
  • Passengers
  • Train manufacturers
  • Train mechanics
  • Property owners

Our team will aggressively pursue compensation from anyone who directly or indirectly contributed to your train accident and resulting injuries.

What’s My Train Accident Case Worth?

It’s hard to say without knowing the specific details of your situation.

But there are some factors that can give you an idea about what your train accident case might be worth:

  • What types of injuries have you suffered?
  • Are you expected to have a permanent impairment or disability?
  • How has your accident affected your income and earning power?
  • What are your out-of-pocket costs?
  • How have you been affected by the trauma of your accident emotionally?
  • Do you share any responsibility for your train accident?

Cases involving catastrophic injuries and death tend to be worth the most. However, it’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in Brooklyn about your situation regardless of your injuries. Even seemingly minor injuries can change your life. Your personal injury case might be worth more than you think in those situations.

What Kind of Damages Can New York Train Accident Victims Recover?

Under New York state law, both economic and non-economic damages are typically available to plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits.

Economic damage are paid to make up for the financial costs of your train accident, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy
  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment
  • Lost wages
  • Disability
  • Property damage
  • Funeral expenses if a Brooklyn train accident is fatal

By receiving an economic award, you should be put back in the financial position you were in before you got hurt.

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, make up for the costs of an accident that don’t have a price tag.

Known as pain and suffering damages, these typically include:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Chronic pain
  • PTSD
  • Disfigurement

In rare instances, punitive damages could be awarded in train accident cases. However, punitive awards are only permitted when there’s clear and convincing evidence of willful or wanton negligence or a high degree of moral turpitude. In other words, there has to be evidence that the defendant hurt you intentionally or displayed a reckless disregard for your safety.

We’ll Fight to Get Compensation For All of Your Train Accident Injuries

Trains can do considerable damage when they derail, collide with other vehicles, or hit pedestrians. And, whether you’re a passenger aboard the train, a train employee, or outside of the carrier, you’re susceptible to severe and catastrophic injuries.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers, our Brooklyn train accident attorneys represent clients who’ve suffered:

If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury or lost a family member in a fatal train accident, count on our law firm to help. We offer a free case evaluation and are ready to do what it takes to get you the money you deserve.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Train Accident in Brooklyn?

The statute of limitations for most personal injury lawsuits in New York is three years. If an accident results in death, family members will have just two years to file a wrongful death action.

There are times when the statute of limitations is different. You’ll have much less time to take action if a government agency is involved. On the other hand, the time frame can be extended when an injury isn’t discovered right away or if a child is involved.

Do not let the deadline expire before filing your claim. If you do, you’ll give up the right to recover important compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, and distress.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Trusted Brooklyn Train Accident Lawyer

Whether the train engineer was texting rather than paying attention or a car was stalled on the tracks, it’s important to consider your legal rights after an accident involving a train in Brooklyn. At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers, our Brooklyn train accident lawyers are here to help you understand your options and fight to get the compensation you deserve.

Give our law office in Brooklyn, New York, a call to schedule a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there’s absolutely no risk to hiring our law firm. You only pay if we win your case – end of story. Call to get started now.

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Brooklyn, NY 11242
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