With technological advances, the average speeds of trains have gone up considerably and sadly, so have the number of train accidents. A train crash is the worst kind of auto accident because of the mass and the speed with which trains travel and the destruction they can cause. An accident occurs, on average, once every two days on the nation’s passenger and commuter trains. Whether it’s a conductor, engineer or train operator who actually drives the train, they have something in common. They are responsible for the safety of hundreds of passengers. And they are humans and prone to human error.
If you have been injured on a train in New York City, you may be entitled to compensation if the accident was caused as a result of the negligent operation of the train by the operator. In New York, hundreds of thousands of us rely upon the transit system to bring them and their children to and from work and school in a safe manner. The operators of trains are expected to receive specialized training and it is their responsibility to ensure the safety of their passengers. In this connection, train operators are not only trained to avoid collisions, they are also trained to avoid abrupt stops and sudden starts which can cause innocent passengers to be thrown to the ground, or strike other passengers or objects on the train. Since trains are normally managed by municipal entities, there are usually strict time requirements for filing a Notice of Claim and commencing a lawsuit. Therefore, it is critical to contact an attorney immediately if you have been injured on a train or at a subway station. At Law Offices of Neil Weissman, we will retain the necessary experts in the field of train safety to ensure that we can establish liability for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, or at a train station, contact us. We will give your case the individual attention it deserves.