Dedicated Mass Transit Accident Attorneys in New York City
Helping you take action after a transit derailment or collision
When a train derails or a bus or taxi crashes into another vehicle, you and the other passengers riding mass transit risk serious injuries, including broken bones, fractures and head and neck injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt in one of these accidents, speak with a New York attorney at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson right away. We have helped countless individuals and families after mass transit derailments and collisions, providing the dedicated service and deep knowledge you need during a difficult time. We fight hard for injured people throughout our community, and you can expect a high caliber of legal representation when you work with our firm.
Common types of mass transit accidents
Derailments, while uncommon, are always quite serious when they do happen. This was highlighted by the recent Metro North derailment in the Bronx, in which four people died and more than 60 others were injured. In this case, the operator took a curve to fast, claiming that he had zoned out and was not paying close enough attention at the time the crash happened.
The following are the most common reasons why trains derail:
- Poor maintenance. Tracks, cars and equipment may not receive an adequate amount of routine maintenance. As time goes on, certain equipment or parts may fail, resulting in a derailment.
- Operator negligence. As was the case in the Metro North derailment, operators may fail in their duties to protect passengers. It’s critical to operate at safe speeds, slow down for curves in the tracks and address any potential maintenance issues right away.
- Inadequate safety measures. The agencies in charge of mass transit, such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and NJ Transit, may fail to provide the proper safety checks and precautions on tracks and equipment. They should regularly look for malfunctioning parts and other potential hazards, and also ensure that maintenance crews are qualified to handle these duties.
- Collisions with other trains. Transit agencies must oversee complex schedules, with multiple trains using the same tracks all day long. Logistical or operator errors may result in two trains colliding with each other.
When accidents take place on trains and subways, it may be difficult to get the response you need from the government agencies in charge of overseeing public transit. A skilled attorney helps you deal with government bureaucracy and insurance companies after a mass transit injury.
Meet with one of our skilled transit accident lawyers today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a mass transit accident, give us a call at 888.746.8212 or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations and provide our services on a contingency fee basis. Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson serves individuals and families throughout New York City.