The operators of subways and trains are obligated by law to safely transport passengers to their destinations, and to keep them reasonably safe in their stations and environs. If the subway operator, such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is negligent in the ownership and operation of the subway cars or the stations it maintains, they can be held liable for injuries to riders or pedestrians.
There are various federal and state transportation regulations which govern the operation of subways and railroads and building codes which mandate certain safety guidelines in stations. These include the Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA), which affords railroad workers the right to sue for an on the job injury (an exception to the usual preclusion from suing your employer under the Worker’s Compensation Statute). Attorneys who handle railroad cases must be fully familiar with the transportation law as promulgated in Title 49 of the United States Code, and the operation of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), an agency that is under the auspices of the United States Department of Transportation.
Railway accidents and injuries occur with alarming frequency in a variety of ways, to pedestrians, riders, and employees, due to:
- Inadequate safety standards;
- Insufficient training;
- Sub-standard maintenance of the trains;
- Dangerous subway platforms, tracks and stations;
- Improperly inspected or maintained equipment.
The subway lawyers at the Law Office Of Mark A. Siesel handle cases involving Metro North; The N.Y.C. subways; the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; The Long Island Railroad; PATH trains; Amtrak, and a variety of commuter and freight train accidents.
The MTA, Metro North, and the Long Island Railroad utilize investigators when determining the causes of accidents involving their equipment and stations. It is vital that you hire attorneys who will:
- Conduct an independent investigation of your accident;
- Hire engineers and accident reconstructionists to review the circumstances and causes of the accident;
- Obtain statements from witnesses;
- Preserve evidence which can be lost or tampered with;
- Gather any and all radio logs between the train operators and dispatchers;
- Obtain photographs of the accident scene or instrumentality which caused your accident;
- Find any possible videotapes or other recordings of the accident when available; and
- Place those responsible for your accident and injuries on notice that you intend to pursue your legal rights to the fullest extent of the law.
If you are injured in a subway or railroad accident, Contact the Subway Accident Attorneys online or toll free at 888-761-7633 for your free initial consultation today. Our dedicated lawyers and staff will work tirelessly from inception of your case through trial or resolution by settlement to maximize compensation for your physical and emotional injuries; lost earnings and earnings potential; and medical expenses, past and future.