July 10 marked the beginning of Summer of Hell in New York City. Originally the Summer of Hell was coined to describe line shut downs, schedule changes, and Penn Station chaos that’s the result of a long overdue 8-week repair project to many commuter rail lines that use Penn as a hub. These upgrades are slated to end on September 1, and so far, there looks to be a light at the end of the tunnel. In recent weeks, however, citizens have been woefully aware of the horrible conditions of their city’s subway system and a new Summer of Hell has begun to take shape.
Driving a bus is no easy task, especially in a crowded urban neighborhood like New York City. While buses are larger than passenger vehicles and offer added protection to passengers in the event of a crash, passengers can still suffer serious injuries—sometimes even fatalities.
Bus accidents are common in the Brooklyn area with two major ones occurring just in the past few months. In May, 15 people were injured in Brooklyn when an MTA bus and garbage truck collided and then crashed into a car. In June, an MTA bus sped down a Brooklyn street in reverse when the driver exited the bus and forgot to set the parking brake. The bus hit 10 vehicles and injured a pedestrian before slamming into a church.
Passengers expect to travel on a bus in safety. If you suffered serious injuries in a bus accident, it’s important to identify the liable parties so you can file a claim for compensation. Read on to learn more about common bus accidents and how to determine the possible negligent parties.
In March 2017, a Washington, D.C.-bound Amtrak train suffered a derailment at a slow speed in Pennsylvania Station. In the derailment, the train sideswiped a New Jersey Transit train. The incident caused minor delays and a brief service halt. 10 days later, a New Jersey Transit train on the Northeast Corridor line also suffered a slow speed derailment, which resulted in five minor injuries to passengers and delays that lasted into the evening. The two derailments occurred fairly close together and are now under investigation.
Individuals injured in train accidents can suffer significant financial damages as a result. These individuals can seek compensation for their damages through personal injury claims.
In early January 2017, a Long Island Railroad (LIRR) train crashed at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. The train was found to have been going 10 miles per hour, faster than a train approaching its station should be traveling, when it collided with a bumping block and crashed into a small room. A portion of the track pierced through the floor of the train car. More than 400 passengers were on the train when the crash occurred. Approximately 100 of the passengers were treated for injuries following the collision, the most severe of which was a leg injury.
New York City is a bustling hub of commerce, entertainment, and activity. The Metropolitan Transit Authority is charged with providing safe commuter services for tourists, commuters and city-dwellers alike, and for the most part, they do this. But if you have been the victim of an accident due to your experience with MTA, you may wish to consider the words of the Civil Court of the City of New York: “When suing any government agency two key words must be kept in mind – timeliness and research. A person must act quickly in complying with that agency’s procedures and must thoroughly research the procedures involved. You may wish to seek the advice of counsel.”
Because the statute of limitations, procedural requirements and mounds of paperwork impact any accident claim, your best choice after an accident involving mass transit is to speak with an experienced and aggressive MTA & tour bus accident lawyer in Brooklyn.
When you step onboard a bus or train, the last thing you’re likely thinking of is getting into an accident. However, public transportation accidents are actually very common and the results often devastating.
The bus, subway, and railway are all integral parts of life in New York City, more so than in many other places around the country. When mass transit vehicles have accidents, many innocent victims can become injured, resulting in pain and suffering, costly medical bills, and lost wages.
Bus Accidents in New York City
Unfortunately, there are many MTA accidents that have recently made headlines in the news in the five boroughs. In November 2015, a pedestrian was killed by an express MTA bus while walking in Brooklyn and crossing in the middle of a block on Ocean Avenue between J and K Avenues.
Earlier that month, a woman was killed at Main Street and Kissena Boulevard in Queens by a casino bus that struck her. That bus was operated by Skyliner Bus Travel & Tours and later spotted in Connecticut. Another recent case in NYC involved a man who was fatally struck by a bus after getting out of a cab. The MTA bus was traveling through the Bronx and hit the 23-year-old man who was getting out of the cab because he felt sick.
Many recent accidents have involved pedestrians but other types of accidents are very possible as well. These are some of the types of public transportation accidents that cause bodily harm to unsuspecting riders.
- Subway platform or stairs accidents
- Subway accidents
- Intoxicated, over-medicated or distracted bus or train operators
- City bus collisions
- Charter or Tour bus accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Pedestrian accident cases involving city or private buses
- School bus accident cases
- Poorly maintained buses or trains
Your Rights after MTA Accidents
Many people who are involved in bus accidents mistakenly believe that they do not have legal rights against the at-fault party involved. In the state of New York, all buses are required to carry no-fault insurance, which could compensate you for damages you’ve suffered because of the accident. Additionally, pedestrians are covered for up to $50,000 for medical bills and lost wages by the New York City Transit Authority; however, medical bills for serious injuries often exceed this amount.
What to Do after a Bus Accident
As with any accident that results in injuries, the first thing to do after you’re involved in a bus accident is to seek medical attention immediately. Also make sure to report the accident to local law enforcement. If you are able, document what you can at the accident scene, including the names and contact information of the driver, other passengers, and witnesses. As you begin to heal, get copies of all of your medical records and take down notes and personal statements from friends and family members who are knowledgeable about your condition.
If you have been in a bus accident and are injured, it’s a smart idea to consult an attorney to ensure that you are fairly compensated for damages you’ve suffered please call Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum at 718-237-5586. MTA accident lawyers may be able to assist you with your public transportation claim. Avoid disclosing information to insurance companies until you’ve discussed the situation with your attorney and understand your options. But don’t delay, because bus accident lawsuits have a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time that you have to file a claim.
Last month, an MTA bus driver had been operating his Q59 bus south on Union Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The driver turned left on Grand Street and struck a 15-year-old girl who had been in a crosswalk. The girl had a walk signal when the bus turned left. The bus pinned the girl under the left front wheel. Following the accident, emergency personnel rushed the girl to Bellevue Hospital, where she remained in serious condition. The girl suffered serious injuries to one leg, which may have to be amputated.
Earlier this month, an accident in New York’s Westchester County involving an SUV and commuter train killed six people. During the evening commuting rush hour, a northbound Metro-North Railroad train hit a car stopped on the tracks at Commerce Street in Valhalla, which is about 28 miles north of midtown Manhattan.
The crash happened after the gates at the train crossing came down on top of a SUV stopped on the tracks. A Metro Transit Authority official said, “the driver got out to look at the rear of the vehicle, drove forward and was struck.” The train had been traveling 58 miles per hour when it saw the SUV and applied the emergency brake. The speed limit is 60 miles per hour.
New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority operates one of the largest public transit systems in the world. The MTA includes a complex network of subways, railways, and buses. Given the vast transit network and millions of riders, every year hundreds of accidents occur and innocent riders are injured. So far, 2014 has been no different.
CBS New York recently reported that there has been an increasingly vocal lobby calling for Subway Platform edges to be made safer in the wake of several deadly accidents. For example, last month two men were involved in an altercation on an elevated train that spilled out onto the platform, causing both men involved to fall onto the tracks. One of the men was struck by a train and killed after the other was able to climb out onto the platform.
A transit committee has suggested that the MTA implement sliding doors at the edges of all outdoor platforms to keep people from falling onto the tracks. Although many commuters are in favor of anything that will prevent deadly accidents, others understand that the costs will be significant and feel as though it is the responsibility of the commuter to stay safe while on the platform awaiting a train. If you or someone you love has been injured in a subway accident the first step you should take is to contact an MTA accident lawyer for a free consultation to help you evaluate your case.