New York and New Jersey are part of a bustling metropolitan area with tens of thousands of commuters relying on the subway and train lines to commute to and from work. These rail systems provide a critical service to more than 70 million passengers a year.
It is the job of train operators to make sure that all of these commuters are transported safely from one stop to the next. If a train operator fails do his job and passengers are harmed, he or she may be held accountable. In addition to operator negligence, subway and train accidents can be caused by improperly maintained or faulty equipment. Accidents can also be caused by train derailments or blocked tracks.
It is important to know that some of these claims have strict time limits. If the party responsible for the accident is a government agency, you must provide formal notice of your claim within ninety days of the accident, and then wait six months before filing a lawsuit.
Subway and train accidents are complicated matters, requiring skilled and experienced counsel. Frequently, these cases require thorough investigations including conducting interviews of witnesses, operators, and maintenance staff, as well as the retention of experts to conduct inspections and reconstruct the accident.