If you live in New York City, there’s a good chance you have taken the subway at least once and a better chance of riding it every day to commute to work or social events. While the subway system is a vital part of our city’s infrastructure, it also can be dangerous, and people are severely injured or killed frequently in accidents involving the trains or on or near platforms.
Common causes of New York City subway accidents
A train doesn’t need to crash for a person to get injured. The expert New York City train injury lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP handle various train-related accident claims. Some common causes of accidents include:
- Derailments and collisions when two trains are on the track
- People falling off the platform onto the track
- Slippery surfaces on the platforms
- Inadequate safety measures in place (such as cameras) that allow assault, robbery, and other criminal activity in train stations
- Electrocutions due to train malfunctions
- Being struck by a train
Common subway accident injuries
Often, subway accidents will lead to injuries similar to what you may sustain in a car accident. The most common injuries reported after subway crashes are:
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones or fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Ligament injuries
As stated earlier, subways don’t always need to crash to cause injury, as seen in the tragic case of a two-year-old boy struck and killed by a New York City subway in December.
Contact a New York City train accident lawyer
If you have been injured in a subway accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your legal options today. Unlike car accidents, which have a statute of limitations of three years, subway accidents require you to file a claim on a much stricter timeline. An attorney can ensure you don’t miss any critical deadlines and miss out on compensation. Call our office at (347) 318-9604 today.