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New York City Metro/Subway Accident Lawyer

NOTE: Our law firm does not handle Subway Accident cases. This article is for informational purposes only. Information found in the article does not constitute as formal legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship.

New York City Metro/Subway Accident LawyerHave you been injured in a metro or subway accident in New York City? You may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Every metro/subway accident case has the potential to be challenging. Call our NYC metro/subway accident lawyers today at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers to get started with your personal injury case. Our team is available 24/7 to take your call.

We handle all types of public transportation accidents, including:

  • Amtrak accidents
  • Commuter train accidents
  • Freight train accidents
  • Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Accidents
  • Metro North Railroad Accidents
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Accidents
  • New Jersey Rail and Port Authority Accidents
  • New Jersey Transit (NJT) Accidents
  • PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) train accidents
  • Passenger train accidents.

Call (212) 564-2800 today or contact us online. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC give a free consultation with a New York City metro accident lawyer. Under our contingency fee agreement, you only pay us if and when we recover money for your claim.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help After a Metro or Subway Accident

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help After a Metro or Subway AccidentAny accident claim involving a subway, bus, or train has unique legal challenges. Some injuries are relatively minor and may not even be reported. Other injuries are severe and may result in temporary or permanent disability.

It is common for big transportation agencies or insurance companies to blame the victim for their injuries when they make a claim. Having an experienced NYC personal injury lawyer advocating for your rights can ensure you recover what you deserve.

When you hire the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we will:

  • Review the specific circumstances of your accident
  • Promptly obtain the police or law enforcement report regarding your accident
  • If necessary, arrange an independent investigation into the cause of your injuries
  • Determine all liable parties and avenues of compensation
  • Refer you to the best medical experts to get you medical care and determine your future medical needs
  • Handle all communications with insurance companies and their representatives
  • Relentlessly advocate for your rights to fair compensation
  • Negotiate a fair settlement to protect your interests, or take your case to trial.
  • Answer all of your questions and provide empathy, resources, and support.

To ensure you recover the full and fair monetary compensation you deserve for your expenses and your future, do not wait to speak with a skilled and competent New York personal injury lawyer.

How Common are Metro/Subway Accidents in New York City, NY?

How Common are Metro/Subway Accidents in New York City, NY?On an average weekday in 2019, around 2.2 million people rode NYC buses, and 5.5 million people rode NYC subways. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) operates 6,684 subway cars and 5,927 buses in NYC. In 2019, more passengers road NYC buses than the next three largest municipal bus operators combined (Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco).

According to the New York Daily News, 189 people came into contact with a moving train in NYC in 2018. Many more people are injured in falls in subway stations and bus stations or in collisions with vehicles.

What Is My Metro/Subway Accident Worth?

One of the most frequently asked questions in a personal injury lawyer consultation is “what is my case worth?” This requires a thorough investigation into the details of your case. If your injuries in a subway or Metro crash are serious, you may be entitled to recover substantial compensation.

However, claims against public benefit corporations like the MTA will be vigorously defended. A skilled and knowledgeable NYC subway accident lawyer can help you build your case and prevent the MTA or their representatives from devaluing or denying your claim.

To build a case against the MTA or another public transportation provider, it may be necessary to hire an independent investigator and expert witnesses. We work with Railway Safety and Operations Experts, accident reconstructionists, and slip and fall accidents experts to strengthen our client’s chances of recovery.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Kind of Damages Are Available to Accident Victims?

Every claim is unique, and your damages will depend on how your injuries affect you. When you are injured in an accident that was not your fault, you have the right to seek economic and non-economic damages from whoever is responsible for your injuries.

Damages may include:

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, we draw on more than 25 years of experience handling complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. Unlike other “settlement mill” and assembly line personal injury firms, we do not base our success on the volume of cases we settle. We fight for maximum compensation for every client and thoroughly prepare each case for trial.

What Makes Metro/Subway Accidents Different Than Other Traffic Accidents?

Metro/Subway accident claims have very unique claim filing requirements. To file a claim against the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA), or Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority (SIRTOA), you must first file a notice of claim.

This initially involves filling out a 4-page claim, including a detailed “start to finish” account of what happened, including your injuries and what specifically happened. For example, if your incident involved a bus, you must describe the bus operator, provide the bus line, direction of travel, and number, and describe exactly where you were on the bus. You will be asked to provide all evidence, including photos, video, police reports, medical treatment records, and witness information.

If you do not provide sufficient information, it is likely your claim will be denied. If you have a lawyer, your attorney can prepare your personal injury claim form notice to ensure you have the best possible case. This will give you the best chance of recovering not just a settlement offer but a fair settlement offer.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All of Your Metro/Subway Accident Injuries

The subway and bus system in NYC is an important part of the transportation infrastructure. However, like every other form of transportation, there are dangers and risks. Accidents involving subway cars, buses, and passenger trains can result in major injuries or be fatal.

The most common types of injuries we see in a subway or MTA accident include:

Many accidents are simply not survivable. Our commitment has always been to fight for our clients’ rights to fair compensation. Our case results and client testimonials are a testament to our dedication to pursuing our clients’ best interests.

What Causes Most Metro/Subway Accidents in New York?

With more than two decades of living and working in New York, we have seen all-too-often how devastating subway accidents and slip and fall accidents can be.

Some of the common causes of subway accidents include:

  • Operator negligence
  • Passenger vehicle driver negligence
  • Human error
  • Mechanical failures
  • Derailments
  • Cracks or uneven surfaces
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Debris and obstructions in walkways
  • Sudden stops.

The NYC subway system is one of the oldest in the world, with more than 400 stations connecting Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Poor maintenance and other negligence may cause riders to be injured or even killed.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Metro/Subway Accident in New York?

Your NYC subway accident lawyer can help you prove negligence occurred and consult with experts to establish what happened and who was responsible. In some cases, negligence is obvious and clearly stated in the police report. More often, negligence is only realized after a thorough, comprehensive investigation. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

After an accident, evidence can be removed or destroyed very quickly. For example, a broken railing can be repaired, insufficient lighting can be quickly improved, and a broken vehicle can be fixed or destroyed. A lawyer can demand evidence is preserved, witness statements are recorded, and everything possible is done to protect the value of your case and your legal rights.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Metro or Subway Accident in New York?

If you’re injured at a subway station or in a subway accident, you have the right to seek financial compensation. However, you must not delay in contacting a lawyer. Time is of the essence, and you have much less time than accidents involving passenger cars or commercial vehicles.

If your claim is against the NYC Transit Authority, you have only 90 days from the date of the accident to file a notice of your claim.

Contact our New York Metro/Subway Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation

We offer a free consultation to discuss your potential case and answer your questions. When you hire us, we will get to work right away, doing everything possible to protect your legal rights and advocate for the fair compensation you deserve. Call us today to schedule your phone or video case evaluation with a New York City Metro/Subway Accident Lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC.

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