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How Do Subway Accidents Occur in NYC?

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Most New Yorkers use the subway as their main form of transportation. However, with all the hustle and bustle of the city, it is easy to forget the possible dangers the subway has. Unfortunately, people are hurt while boarding, exiting, and riding the subway fairly often. If you have been injured in a subway accident, you may be allowed to recover compensation. Read on to learn more to speak with a New York City and Westchester County personal injury attorney.

What are the most common causes of subway accidents in New York?

Unfortunately, there are several different ways for a subway accident to occur. But, the majority of accidents are a consequence of:

  • Derailments
  • Doors closing too soon
  • Sudden stops
  • Trip and falls in the stations or on the platform
  • Turnstyle injuries
  • Operator negligence
  • People being dragged under the trail
  • Electrical injuries due to malfunctions
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Collisions
  • Robberies and other criminal activity due to poor subway security
  • Broken escalators
  • Broken stairs or platforms

How can I establish negligence?

If you were injured as a result of another party’s negligence, you will have to supply proof of this negligence. In order to accomplish this, you should take the following steps:

  • Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident
  • If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their contact information
  • Be sure to seek medical attention right away so that you can have concrete proof of the origin and extent of your injuries

How long do I have to file my claim?

In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is typically three years. However, this may be more complicated when it comes to a subway accident. This is because you will likely need to file a Notice of Claim. This notifies the government that a lawsuit is being brought against them. In the state of New York, injured parties are allowed 90 days from the date of the injury to file a Notice of Claim. Missing this deadline will likely mean you will be barred from taking legal action. This is a short timeframe and it is easy to let deadlines slip by when you are recovering from a serious injury. Contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing any important deadlines.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a subway accident, contact our firm today. Our legal team is committed to ensuring you obtain the compensation you need and deserve ot heal and move forward.


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