New York Train Accidents
Trains have been around for over 150 years, and have made incredible advances in speed and technology. However, a train accident is not an uncommon occurrence even today. An innocent passenger as well as a train worker can be the victim of a train accident, and the injuries can be serious. Statistics show that every hour and a half there is a train accident or derailment, with 3,000 accidents occurring annually. A train accident can cause a wide variety of injuries including a spinal injury. This can lead to paralysis, and even is some cases wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident you deserve to be compensated for your loss. Contact a New York train accident lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates to learn more about how you can obtain just compensation for your injuries and ensure that your rights are protected.
A train accident can happen in a variety of ways including a train derailment, electrical explosion, solvent exposure, a railroad crossing accident and more. Railroad workers are often injured in this line of work, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows railroad employees the right to sue for damages for an injury obtained while on the job. If you have suffered an injury at your workplace, it is important to speak with our legal team without delay.
FELA was created to make the railroad profession safer. However, railroad work continues to be dangerous. Inadequate safety standards, poor training, inadequate train maintenance, negligence or defective equipment commonly results in injury.
Commuter trains and subways are a common mode of transportation in New York. The New York subway system is the largest in the U.S. It is estimated that approximately 1.7 billion people have used the New York subway system. Last year alone, 146 people were hit by trains, which is an increase from the year prior of 15%. Of the 146 people hit, 47 were killed.
Normally, when people think of a train accident they think of a train crash. However there are many different ways that injury can occur including:
- Being struck by a train
- Malfunctioning turnstiles
- Electrocution by train tracks
- Being assaulted, robbed or raped in a subway station (inadequate security)
- Train derailment
Generally people are injured in train accidents due to the negligence of subway companies. In New York, the transit authority is responsible for operating and maintaining subway stations. Often when an injury occurs it is caused by the negligence of the transit authority and their staff. For instance, employees are responsible for maintaining subway trains. If this is not done properly and someone is injured as a result, they are liable for negligence.
Often the injuries associated with train accidents are serious and often include:
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
If you have suffered an accident because of the negligence of another such as a motorcycle accident, automobile accident, or construction accident, it is important to obtain legal guidance. When you visit our office we will explain your legal rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. We will also offer you a free case consultation with your first appointment. We have office locations conveniently located in New York City including: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, as well as Staten Island. On Long Island we have offices in Nassau County and Suffolk County. We also have offices in Westchester County, so call us today to make an appointment at 800.696.9529.