Representing Clients Injured On Mass Transit
New York’s mass transit system is one of the most comprehensive networks in the world. Millions of people use public transportation to get from one place to another. Touted for accessibility, dependability, safety and affordability, people from all over the state trust in the services provided. New York’s train and bus system connects people to places that would otherwise be inaccessible. As a passenger, we hope that the bodies that govern the maintenance of buses and trains do their jobs properly and those who operate these massive machines take the care necessary to protect us as we commute. Unfortunately, riding on buses and trains come with risk.
If you have been injured in a bus or train accident, you may need to consider your legal options. It is important to act when neglect subjects you to serious injury. If you need an experienced personal injury attorney, contact The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC, for a consultation.
Buses are exposed to the same hazards as any other driver on the road. Negligent drivers, weather conditions, road conditions and more impact buses as they help people commute from one location to the next. What sets buses apart from other motor vehicle accidents is the size of the vehicle and the lack of safety features. Obviously, a bus is massive and can take much of the brunt from an accident, but the lack of seat belts or safety constraints can lead to serious injuries, especially for those who are standing. Unexpected starts and stops can take their toll as well. Improper maintenance can also lead to incidents as buses break down, putting others at risk. Though not every accident is caused by negligence, there are many that could have been avoided with the proper care. It is important to have an experienced attorney assess the situation.
Fortunately, trains are protected against most hazards a bus and its passengers face on a regular basis. That said, negligent maintenance and operation of a train can cause harm. Like buses, a train does not come with safety constraints and if things were to go awry, serious injuries and death can occur. Some examples of negligent acts that lead to train accidents include improper speed, sudden stops and starts, and substance abuse. Sometimes, these negligent acts can lead to serious accidents, including train derailment.
Is A Municipality To Blame?
Determining the liable party can be quite complicated. Private buses are owned and regulated by private entities. When it comes to buses and trains that are governed by a municipality, the injured individual must be able to identify the right party and file the Notice of Claim within the short period given to citizens.
Contact The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC
Train and bus accidents can be quite serious. If you are injured on public transportation, you need quality legal advice and representation to ensure that your rights are protected. You will need to prove negligence and establish that the injury was serious within a very short period of time. If you need legal support, contact The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC.