Who Is Liable for New York Subway Accidents?

Who Is Liable for New York Subway Accidents?

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Scott Dylan Westerlund
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Did you know that New York’s subway system is the largest one in the world? While many would assume that China would have the biggest subway system, it’s not even close. New York’s system has over 468 stations compared to only 337 in Shanghai Metro’s system.

With such a massive subway system, it’s no surprise that accidents happen sometimes. If you get involved in a New York subway accident, then you’re likely eligible to receive compensation for your losses. But, who would be liable in these situations, and how do you file a claim?

Who is Liable After a New York Subway Accident?

A New York subway accident usually happens when you least expect it, and it’s often the result of something outside of your control. The most common causes of subway accidents include:
 

  • Operator negligence
  • Trip and fall hazards
  • Subway line issues
  • Failure to maintain subway equipment
  • Criminal activity
  • Defective subway parts

If you were injured and the accident wasn’t your fault, then you’ll need to determine what caused the accident to happen. In the majority of situations, a subway-related accident is caused by a failure of the city to keep the subway (and its riders) safe. The city has a legal obligation to provide for the safety and care of subway riders, so they’ll be held liable if they don’t uphold their duty of care. In New York, that means the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is liable for most subway-related accidents.

How Do I File a Subway Accident Claim?

Are you currently considering filing a subway accident claim after you sustained an injury? If so, then it’s important to understand what you need to do. Before you even consider filing a claim, you need to get medical care for your injuries. You’ll also want to document any other losses your accident caused. This might include lost wages or even future medical costs related to a serious injury.

 

Once you’ve taken care of your immediate medical needs, it’s time to reach out to your own insurance company. Often, you can get the compensation you need directly from them. If your injuries are substantial, though, you’ll need to seek out a personal injury claim against the MTA. To do so, you’ll need to file an official notice to the city about the accident within 90 days.

Do I Need a Subway Accident Lawyer?

Not every legal situation requires that you hire a lawyer to resolve the situation. When it comes to New York subway accidents, though, it’s in your best interest to get an attorney. That’s because when you’re going against the MTA, you’re going against the city of New York. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the city won’t hire a competent and skilled lawyer to represent their case. You should do the same to ensure you’re on a level playing field during your claim.

 

A subway accident lawyer will make sure that you notify the appropriate government agencies within the time frame required by law. They’ll help you work with an uncompromising insurance company, or they’ll help you pursue your rightful compensation in court.

What Damages Can I Recover in a Subway Accident Claim?

You know you were hurt – but, do you know how much your subway accident claim is actually worth? Depending on the extent of your injury, you may be able to collect damages stemming from your medical bills, lost wages, future medical needs related to the injury, or future lost wages.

 

To determine how much your claim is worth, you’ll first need to document your initial medical bill and diagnosis. You’ll need to verify with your doctor if you’ll need long-term care for your injury. Next, you’ll need to get into contact with your employer. Ask them to provide you with documents that prove how much time you missed from work and how much you usually make.

 

Will you need extensive or long-term medical care? Did your injury lead to a disability? If so, then If so, then it’ll be difficult to determine how much compensation is fair. You may need to enlist the help of an expert medical witness or attorney to help you value your claim.

  
Recovering From a New York Subway Accident

When you get involved in a New York subway accident, you might think your options are limited. Don’t make the mistake of assuming the city is too big to go up against. A subway accident attorney can help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve by pursuing a claim with your insurance company or in court.

Are you wondering how to secure the best subway accident lawyer in New York? We’ve got you covered! Head over to our free lawyer search to get in touch with an expert today.

 

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

 
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