Long Island Train Accident
The railroad system in New York is a busy one, with millions of passengers boarding trains daily. Based on the number of people who ride trains each day in New York and the number of trains that travel through New York and the rest of the state of New York, it is not shocking that accidents happen. While major accidents involving derailments or collisions are not common, other types of accidents that leave seriously injured victims are relatively uncommon. Regardless of the type of train accident, victims often suffer injuries that are serious and sometimes life-changing. For example, it is not unusual for victim of train accident to suffer a back injury, neck injury, brain injury, broken bones, or spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, in some instances train accidents involve fatalities. The law related to train accidents can be complex. In addition, there are several different local government entities that may be involved such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Long Island Rail Road or the Metro North Railway. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, speak with a skilled Long Island train accident lawyer for guidance. You may be entitled to compensation for the losses you suffered.Types of train accidents
According to federal statistics the most common types of railroad accidents are derailments, collisions with cars, and collisions with other trains. The causes of these accidents are many, including:
- Alcohol or drug use
- Malfunctioning railroad crossing signals
- Poor maintenance of tracks and signals
- Failure to properly inspect tracks
- Operator fatigue
- Excessive speed
In addition, there also accidents that do not involve collisions or derailments, but involve victims suffering injuries in stations, platforms and on trains from falls and other types of incidents.Pursuing a claim
Depending on the facts of your case, if you are hurt in a train accident, on a train platform, or in a train station due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation based on the losses you suffered.
- Medical bills: Through a personal injury claim you may be able to recover expenses for medical treatment related to the injuries from the accident including your hospital stay, surgery, outpatient treatment, medication, rehabilitation and visits to your doctors and specialists.
- Loss of income: If your injury is serious you may need to stay home from work for an extended period while you recover. This means that you will not receive your regular paychecks or have access to certain benefits related to working. You can ask for compensation to cover these lost wages to recover these losses.
- Pain and suffering: You may also be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering that you experienced as a result of the accident. Suffering refers to not only the physical suffering caused by your injuries. It also refers to the emotional pain and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Wrongful death: If a family member was killed in a train accident, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim and seek compensation for the victim’s medical expenses, for funeral expenses and other losses.
If you have been seriously injured in a train collision or derailment, or in an accident in a train station or on a platform, you are probably facing significant medical expenses, time away from work, and a range of difficult emotions. Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims resulting from train accidents, subway accidents, as well as other types of accident such as slip and fall accidents, SUV accidents, car accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.