Types of Public Transportation Accidents in New York


Unfortunately, in New York City, public transportation accidents happen frequently. Some are minor, while others cause severe injuries that require long-term medical care. For decades, Finz & Finz, P.C. has represented victims of public transportation accidents, providing guidance and advice as they navigate the complicated legal system.

If you were seriously injured in a public transportation accident in New York, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C. will protect your rights throughout the entire process as we fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. Call now at (855) TOP-FIRM or fill out the free accident case evaluation form.

Finz & Finz, P.C. handles the following New York public transportation accident cases:

Train Accidents

Considering New York City’s density and heavy use of trains, it is no surprise that there are injuries from train accidents that occur every year. It is the duty of the companies or governments that own the trains to safely transport commuters traveling into the city. If you were seriously injured on a train, you need the help of an experienced New York train accident lawyer.

Whether you are a passenger, standing on the platform, or in another vehicle, you can suffer injuries if you’re involved in a train accident. All it takes is a few seconds, and your life can be changed forever. You might be able to seek financial compensation from a negligent or reckless train operator or company. You may even be able to recover compensation from a negligent third party.

Common causes of train accidents include:

  • Train operator error
  • Train operator fatigue
  • Train operator distraction
  • Train operator intoxication
  • Failure to signal before coming to a crossing
  • Failure to brake
  • Speeding
  • Debris left on train tracks
  • Poorly designed and maintained crossings
  • Mechanical defects and malfunctions
  • Negligent hiring practices
  • Overloading trains
  • Lack of proper lighting at train platforms and crossings

Subway Accidents

The New York subway system, one of the oldest public transportation systems in the world, is owned by the City of New York and connects the boroughs. Subway accidents range in severity from minor slips, trips, and falls to serious subway collisions.

One of the most common accidents to happen in the subways are falls. Passengers may slip, trip, and fall while walking in the station or while boarding a subway. Subway derailment or insufficient maintenance can lead to sudden stops or collisions that could cause severe injuries.

Common causes of subway accidents include:

  • Subway car derailments and collisions
  • Abrupt stops
  • People off the platform onto the track
  • Being struck by a train
  • Subway operator negligence
  • Slippery surfaces on the platforms
  • Inadequate safety measures that allow assault and other criminal activity in stations
  • Electrocutions due to train malfunctions

Bus Accidents

Whenever you ride on a bus, you expect that the bus driver is qualified and able to operate the vehicle safely. Unfortunately, bus accidents often occur as a result of driver negligence. Whether you were a passenger, driver of a motor vehicle, or a pedestrian involved in a bus accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries.

Many accidents are due to these bus driver errors. Bus accidents occur for a number of different reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Taking curves too quickly
  • Not allowing enough time to stop
  • Failure to yield
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Equipment defects
  • Weight distribution issues
  • Reckless driving, causing passengers to be thrown around
  • Inadequate training
  • Improper screening of drivers
  • Poor road conditions

Taxi Accidents

Taxi accidents can cause serious injuries, whether you were injured as a passenger in a taxi or as a bicyclist or pedestrian. Many New York taxi accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the taxi driver.

When taxi accidents occur, the victims may hold the responsible parties, including the taxi driver and taxi company, accountable in a personal injury claim. Following your taxi accident, the skilled and experienced New York City taxi accident lawyers at Finz & Finz, P.C. will fight for the compensation you deserve.

We can help with all aspects of your taxi accident case, such as:

  • Preserve all evidence, such as police reports and witness statements
  • Investigate prior accidents involving the taxi driver or taxi company
  • Work with accident reconstruction experts to establish liability
  • Hold taxi companies accountable and negotiating for a full and fair settlement with their insurance company
  • If a settlement cannot be reached, take your taxi accident case to trial before a jury

Do I Have a Case?

To determine if you have a viable public transportation accident case, you will need to contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney. At Finz & Finz, P.C., we analyze the details of the accident by reviewing the police report, medical records, photos from the accident scene, and other relevant evidence. Don’t delay in seeking medical attention. Never sign anything or provide any statements to insurance adjusters until you have first consulted with an attorney. Because public transportation cases are time-sensitive, the best way to determine if you have a case is to call a lawyer who can start investigating the accident immediately.

Talk to a New York Transportation Accident Attorney

Train accidents, subway accidents, bus accidents, and taxi accidents can all leave you with serious, long-term injuries. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another party, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries and losses you have suffered as a result. Finz & Finz, P.C. will be at your side and fight for you every step of the way.

Contact Finz & Finz, P.C. today by calling (855) TOP-FIRM to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation with our New York transportation accident attorneys. During your consultation, we can discuss the details of your case, and you can learn how our firm can help you pursue your accident claim.

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