Subway Accidents

Recovery for Injuries on MTA Trains, Platform and Rails

More than 1.75 billion people rode on the New York subway in 2014. Almost 5.6 million commuters on an average weekday and close to 6 million on an average weekend rely upon the public subway system to get around our city. The Metro Transit Authority (MTA) has a duty to protect its substantial ridership from injuries on its trains and in its stations.

Founded more than 30 years ago, Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. is a respected New York personal injury law firm that focuses solely on injury recovery. Our lawyers hold the MTA accountable for injuries resulting from negligent ownership, operation, maintenance, control, upkeep, conductor misconduct, poor security measures and safety violations.

Train Collisions

Because the MTA platforms are an open design, hundreds of straphangers fall, jump and are shoved onto the tracks every year. Those who cannot climb off the tracks in time typically suffer catastrophic injuries, such as amputation, fractures, crush injuries, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. About 55 people die every year after being hit by an MTA subway train.

Our New York City personal injury lawyers lodge a thorough investigation into the train collision. We find answers to important questions as to how the accident occurred and who is to blame. Was the conductor coming into the station too fast? Was the platform dangerously overcrowded and lacking officials to manage crowd control? Was there ice, snow, oil or water that made the platform surface slippery? Did construction force riders to walk dangerously close to the edge of the platform? We then file and serve a complaint against the MTA for money to compensate you for your injuries or your loved one’s death.

Security in NYC Subway Stations

The NYC transit system runs 24 hours per day. Straphangers should expect to be safe no matter when they travel and in which areas of the city. Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. represents New Yorkers and visitors who have been injured on an MTA subway train or in a New York City subway station because of the MTA’s negligence in its operation, maintenance and control including such lax security measures as:

  • Dark, unlit spaces
  • Broken lights
  • Malfunctioning security cameras
  • Obstructions that give assailants a place to hide
  • Inadequate MTA security personnel and police patrols

Poor Maintenance of Subway Platforms

The MTA is responsible for the condition of its property. Agents have a duty to inspect the properties regularly to discover hazardous situations, such as crumbling, broken, cracked or uneven steps, stairways and platforms, broken handrails, elevators and slippery surfaces. They must also warn people about known dangers until they can fix the problems — for example, by blocking access and placing cone markers and signs around the defective section of the platform. That agents did not know about the problem is not a valid defense; the MTA is liable for property defects it should have discovered upon reasonable inspection.

Suing the MTA

The MTA is a public-benefit corporation whose board consists of members nominated by the New York State Governor and recommended by the mayor of New York City and the county executives of surrounding NY counties. The process of filing a claim against the MTA is different than against a private corporation. You have less time to file your claim —90 days from date of your accident with certain exceptions. Our law firm has substantial experience filing claims against the MTA and can help you recover the money you are entitled to. Don’t Delay, Call Today 1-877-737-4806.

Recover for Your Subway Accident Injuries

Call Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. at 1-877-737-4806 to schedule a free case evaluation with a New York City personal injury lawyer at our Manhattan, Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho or White Plains office. We take your case on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay us unless we recover money for you.

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