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New York City's subway system is one of the most extensive and heavily used public transportation networks in the world. It is an affordable and convenient way of getting around the city. However, subway accidents caused by negligence can lead to devastating injuries for passengers and bystanders. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a subway accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Porter Law Group are here to help.

Experienced NYC Subway Accident Attorneys

The skilled legal team at The Porter Law Group has extensive experience handling personal injury cases all over the State of New York. We understand the complex laws and regulations surrounding subway accidents and will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.

Our experienced trial lawyers have a proven track record of recovering financial compensation for New Yorkers who have suddenly found themselves in terrible unexpected circumstances. Getting injured is tough. Especially when you find yourself unable to work while facing a mountain of medical bills, on top of pain and discomfort.

If you’ve been injured in the New York City subway, call the Porter Law Group at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com for a free case evaluation. We can help you and your family attain the reparations you deserve. 

What happens in NYC Subway Accidents?

Subway accidents can result from a variety of factors, including:

  • Derailments
  • Collisions
  • Sudden stops or jerking movements
  • Malfunctioning doors
  • Slip and fall incidents on platforms or in stations
  • Inadequate maintenance or safety precautions

While subways provide a convenient mode of travel for millions of New Yorkers and visitors each day, accidents can and do happen. When a subway accident occurs, the consequences can be catastrophic. Passengers may suffer serious injuries, and even bystanders can be harmed if a derailment or crash sends debris flying. The size and speed of subway trains can amplify the severity of these accidents.

What Injuries are Caused by NYC Subway Accidents?

The injuries sustained in a subway accident can be life-altering. Some common injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Crush injuries
  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Internal organ damage
  • Wrongful death

On January 4 2024, 24 people were injured in a train collision, after a Northbound No. 1 train with 300 passengers collided with another train containing 4 transit workers. Fortunately, none of the injuries were severe because the train was still moving at a slow speed.

Not all accidents involve moving trains though. You can also be injured by poorly maintained infrastructure such as loose guardrails, unlit stairwells, and broken concrete. This can lead to slips and falls.

As a paying customer, the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) owes you a duty of care to maintain a reasonably safe condition of their facilities. If they fail to do this, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any injuries sustained. 

What Type of Damages Can I Recover if I was a Victim of a Subway Accident in NYC? 

As a subway accident victim, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Medical treatment
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Permanent disability
  • Trauma 
  • Wrongful death

However, recovering compensation for subway accidents isn’t a simple case. You will need a lawyer who understands the intricacies of New York City legislation. Especially because you will be filing a claim against the MTA, which is the city agency that manages the NYC subway system. 

How Can I Hold the MTA Accountable for my Subway Accident Injuries?

With the help of an experienced NYC subway accident lawyer, they’ll help you legally take action against the MTA by:

  • Submitting a Notice of Claim within 90 days from the date of the accident
  • Do a site investigation and gather evidence
  • Calling MTA personnel to stand as witnesses
  • Spot any inconsistencies that can prove negligence on the agency’s part through skilled cross-examination

In New York City, the MTA is responsible for operating and maintaining the subway system. When subway accidents occur due to the MTA's negligence, such as inadequate maintenance, safety violations, or employee errors, they can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages.

However, unlike the regular 3-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, you will only have 1 year and 90 days to file a claim against the MTA for injuries in a subway accident, or 2 years for a case of wrongful death. 

There is also the issue of gathering evidence. Typically, in a train derailment accident, absolute chaos ensues and you may not have time to recover from the initial shock to document the scene. Since the MTA manages the subway system, they will immediately close off and clear out the accident site for public safety, leaving few options for thorough investigations. 

At The Porter Law Group, our attorneys have the knowledge and skills to navigate the complex legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident, gather what evidence may be available to build a strong case, and tenaciously advocate for your rights. 

Contact an NYC Subway Accident Lawyer Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in a subway accident in New York City, don't wait to get help. The sooner you contact an experienced attorney, the better your chances of recovering the full compensation you need and deserve.

At The Porter Law Group, we are dedicated to helping subway accident victims seek justice and hold the responsible parties accountable. We have a proven track record of helping all kinds of New Yorkers who fell victim to sudden injuries brought about by the negligence of others.

Focus on your recovery, and let us put our experience and resources to work for you and fight for the compensation you deserve after a devastating subway accident. Call The Porter Law Group at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com to schedule your free case evaluation.

Last Updated on May 22, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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