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MTA Accident Lawyer

NYC MTA logoFor frequent users of New York public transportation, filing an MTA injury lawsuit may be the furthest thing from their minds. When you or someone you love is involved in an MTA accident, it is essential to secure experienced legal assistance to fight for the compensation you are owed.

When it comes to pursuing justice in the aftermath of MTA or other transit-related injuries, the firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye possesses the compassion, determination and skill necessary to help clients through what is certain to be a confusing, frightening time. With origins stretching back to 1952, our New York personal injury lawyers are zealous in their advocacy for MTA accident victims. We offer free consultations to explore the merits of your case and will do everything in our power to help preserve your legal rights.

MTA and other vehicles commonly involved in accidents

The public transportation system that traverses NYC and its environs helps facilitate travel, commerce and simple enjoyment for countless of residents and non-residents alike. Thousands of individuals rely on the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), the New York City Transit Authority and the Port Authority on a daily basis to get to and from work and to conduct the routine business of life.

Residents of New York and the surrounding areas utilize a wide range of transit options each day, including:

  • PATH and New York City subways
  • Buses
  • Long Island commuter rail
  • Metro-North trains
  • Boats
  • Taxi cabs

It is also important to note that accidents do not just occur inside the vehicles themselves, as there are many serious incidents that take place on subway platforms, and at bus stops and train stations. In each event of this type, having the right lawyer on your side can make all the difference.

NY transit accident statistics and trends

As anyone who watches the nightly news can attest, there has been an alarming upward trend in the number of transit-related injuries and deaths, particularly when it comes to MTA trains. In 2013, we saw the largest number of deaths on MTA trains or in MTA facilities since 2008. During 2012, 84 individuals died in MTA-related incidents, with most of those fatalities being accidental. In December, 2013 alone, four people died and dozens were critically injured in the Metro-North commuter train derailment in the Bronx. This uptick in dangerous occurrences is enough to give any seasoned user of pubic transit serious pause.

The personal injuries that can result from MTA bus accidents and train crashes can range from relatively minor to extremely severe or even fatal. Derailments, sudden stops and starts and platform slips and falls are all common causes of injury. Broken bones, lacerations, brain and spinal injuries and death can occur, sometimes resulting in personal and financial devastation for victims and their families.

Liability and damage limits in MTA injury claims

MTA accidents that result in serious injury may be caused by a number of reasons, many of which give rise to claims for damages. Driver error, distracted driving, impaired driving, equipment failure and improper maintenance are a few potential allegations to be made against negligent mass transit operators.

Those considering filing an MTA lawsuit in NY need to understand that there is a limited window during which a notice of claim must be given for any legal action to proceed. Failing to file this notice within 90 days of the accident will result in the denial of claims without examination of their merit. The NY motor vehicle accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can help victims navigate the maze of regulations so that their claims are preserved for a full and fair hearing.

Another key reason to enlist the aid of New York train accident lawyers with extensive familiarity of state and city statutes is that they are in the best position to fight for a victim’s full share of damages. Federal law provides for a liability cap of $200 million for passenger rail injuries without regard to the number harmed or the negligence of the operator. This limit is all-encompassing and includes any potential punitive damages that might otherwise have been awarded. Thus, in order to get a just portion of the overall award, it is important for victims to secure knowledgeable representation right from the start.

Leveraging a powerful litigation network in New York

Mass transit accidents are incredibly complex cases to litigate, involving numerous facts and voluminous evidence. Investigators, experts and legal authorities all play a significant role in establishing injury claims in such matters, and it is vital that victims have access to the best legal representation.

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye has the ability to leverage a network of litigation support professionals in order to present the most persuasive case possible.

MTA accident victims can secure compensation for:

  • Hospital bills
  • Future medical and physical rehabilitation expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Severe emotional distress
  • Loss of income
  • Physical disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment

Legal advocacy for MTA accident victims

We at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye know that mass transit is an integral part of almost every New Yorker’s life. The ease with which millions of people are able to move about the region is something that can easily be taken for granted. However, when things go wrong and you suffer serious injuries while using public transportation, take heart that you need not stand alone.

Our team of seasoned MTA accident attorneys is prepared to assess the facts of your case, determine your eligibility for compensation and fight for your rights. To schedule a free initial consultation about filing a personal injury lawsuit in NY, call us at (800) 469-7429 or (516) 742-9200.

  1. New York Magazine, Death on the Tracks: MTA Sees Spike in Number of People Killed by Trains, http://www.nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/10/mta-sees-spike-in-people-killed-by-trains.html
  2. Reuters, Analysis: Two factors key to lawsuits over New York train crash, http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/05/us-usa-derailment-legal-analysis-idUSBRE9B405B20131205 
  3. CNN, Metro-North train in fatal accident equipped with safety systems, http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/04/us/new-york-train-crash/