New York City Train and Bus Accident Lawyers
Representing New York City victims of train and bus accidents
Mass transit serves millions of people across New York State every day. Whether commuting to New York City on Metro North or utilizing the multitude of bus options, dependability, safety, and affordability are just some of the many reasons people use public transportation. As passengers of mass transit, we hope that those who operate and regulate trains and buses take the necessary precautions to ensure a trip without incident. Unfortunately, traveling on buses and trains come with risks. Buses and trains are massive vehicles and when things go wrong, passengers can suffer serious injuries. If you have been seriously injured on a train or bus, you need to consider your legal options. If you need an attorney to offer quality legal advice and represent your interests, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan D. Sands.
Bus Accidents can be serious
Bus accidents are regular occurrences in New York. Buses share the same roads we all use and they are equally susceptible to the hazards we all face. Unfortunately, passengers of buses can be hurt easily. Many buses do not have seatbelts or safety features. When a bus is involved in an accident, passengers are at risk of serious injuries. However, accidents involving other vehicles are not the only way passengers can be injured. Sudden starts and stops can lead to passenger injuries, especially to those who are standing. Passengers are also at risk for injury when a bus stops to take on or discharge passengers at an area of the roadway that is in poor repair. Improper maintenance and repairs of the bus, and human error of the driver may also be the cause of bus accidents. If you have been injured on a bus, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.
Train accidents cause passenger injuries
Train accidents do not occur as frequently as bus accidents. Trains are safer because they are not exposed to the same hazards that buses face. However, the operation of a train may lead to serious injury. Trains, like buses, do not have safety constraints. Operating the train at an improper speed around a curve or making sudden starts and stops expose the passengers to injury. In the worst case scenario, a train derailment can cause massive and devastating results. When involved in a train accident, it is important to contact an attorney to discuss your situation.
Municipalities may be liable
Just who is responsible for injuries suffered in a bus or train accident can be quite complicated. The easy example is a private bus. In that instance, an attorney will identify the private entity that owns and operates the bus and a lawsuit can be started against it. The driver in all likelihood is a proper defendant but for now, we are just focusing on the vehicles. Who is responsible if the accident involves a subway, or Metro North, or a Bee-Line Bus, or a bus in New York City? This is where it is essential to consult with an experienced attorney. New York City Transit Authority operates the subways while the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority operates some city buses while Metropolitan Transit Authority operates other city buses. Metro North is operated by a Public Authority. Bee-Line Buses by Westchester County. If the incorrect entity is sued, the lawsuit will be dismissed. Further complicating matters are varying time frames within which Notices of Claim must be served and the lawsuits commenced.
Contact a Westchester County train and bus accident attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured on a train or a bus, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to make sure your rights are protected. For nearly 20 years, the Law Offices of Jonathan D. Sands has aggressively fought to obtain full compensation for its injured clients. Contact our office for a free consultation today.