The Most Dangerous Injuries on Public Transit
In New York City, thousands of people rely on public transportation every single day. While the majority of people who take the subway will arrive at their destination safely, there are plenty of instances where public transit staff or operators have acted in a negligent manner, resulting in catastrophic injuries for all passengers involved.
If you’ve been injured in an accident while riding the subway, the bus, or the train, our personal injury attorneys at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. are here to help you understand who is accountable for your injuries. Although these cases can be incredibly complicated to navigate, you’re not alone in this fight – and we bring more than 20 years of experience to increase your chances of compensation.
For more information about our legal services, call (646) 681-7055 today.
Catastrophic Injuries in Public Transit Accidents
Public transportation serves an important function in our society: It helps to eliminate heavy traffic congestion, reduce smog, and lower car accident rates, all of which have the potential to hurt and inconvenience NYC residents. But in spite of these benefits, public transit gone wrong can also exact an excruciating toll. In 1918, a massive failure by Brooklyn Rapid Transit led to the deadliest subway crash in history, forcing major reforms of the transportation system.
Over 100 years later, public transit methods like the subway and train are safer than ever before. Of course, because human error is still the prevailing cause for most road and railway accidents, these methods are no less susceptible to the negligence of transit operators – and the human body is no less fragile when thrown against a train or subway car.
Here are some of the most brutal injuries seen in public transit collisions:
- Severe burns from explosions and fires
- Crushed organs from high-velocity impact
- Broken and amputated limbs
- Electrocution injuries from high-voltage power
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injury
Determining Liability for Public Transit Injuries
Because any personal injury claims for subway accidents and bus accidents must be directed to a public transportation injury, these cases are known for being complex. To make matters even more complicated, passengers aren’t the only people who can be affected by a public transit crash. From pedestrians to nearby residents, the fallout from these intense collisions can reverberate through the city.
When you call Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P., we’ll carefully investigate all the circumstances of your incident and sort out where negligence occurred. Whether it was an operator asleep at the wheel or a negligent manufacturer, we can help all victims involved to find the right party, and recover compensation for their expenses.
Call (646) 681-7055 to schedule your free consultation in NYC.