To say most New Yorkers use the subway system would be an understatement. Every year since 2013, the New York City MTA has reported that the total ridership of the New York subway system has exceeded 1.7 billion riders.
Even though the subway is a major part of everyday life for many New Yorkers, there is a risk of danger for commuters. Every year, there are thousands of reported cases of injuries that take place on various stations and platforms throughout the city. If you or a loved one has been injured in a subway accident, you may be wondering who can be held responsible. Our New York personal injury attorneys at Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP will give you the basics below.
SUBWAY ACCIDENT LIABILITY
Accidents that occur on the property of the New York City Transit Authority (or Metropolitan Transit Authority) can leave them liable for the monetary “damages” incurred by riders. MTA can be held legally responsible for injuries that occur on trains and platforms because they are the government agency responsible for maintaining hundreds of miles of track and over 400 stations throughout New York.
Even though the MTA is responsible for providing a safe environment for commuters, other factors may contribute to an accident and leave other parties liable. For instance, perhaps the braking system of a subway train was not maintained in the proper manner. If faulty brakes contribute to an accident, the contracted maintenance company may also be held liable for the victim’s injuries and monetary losses.
When it comes to subway accidents, various forms of negligence can come together to cause a fall or a derailment, and more than one person or agency might be liable as a result.
INJURED IN A SUBWAY ACCIDENT? WHAT NOW?
If you intend to pursue legal action against the MTA and other liable parties, you are looking at a complicated case and a lot of stonewalling, paperwork, and denial. Simply put, you need a legal team in your corner that has the experience necessary to get you and your family the justice that you are entitled to.
The skilled NYC subway accident attorneys at PPID is dedicated to preserving your rights and protecting your future by handling subway injury claims through strategic and aggressive representation. Call 929-223-4195 for a free consultation over the phone or in-person at one of our convenient offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn (Coming Soon!), and Westchester County.