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Public Transportation Accidents

Richard C Bell: A Personal Injury Attorney Dedicated to Fighting for Clients Involved in Public Transportation Accidents in New York

NYC public transportation accidents

Injuries that are sustained as a result of public transportation accidents often require the immediate attention of a personal injury attorney who has extensive experience in the field. Richard C. Bell can provide you with the legal assistance and knowledge you’ll need to acquire the compensation you’re already entitled to. The New York City subway system(New York City Transit Authority-NYCTA), the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Amtrak, the Staten Island Ferry, Metro North and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) have all seen their share of injuries that occurred as a result of a public transportation accident. If you have suffered physically, mentally or emotionally simply because you boarded a subway, bus, railroad or other form of public transportation, you may have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence. Richard C Bell is dedicated to people involved in public transportation accidents in New York. He will perform a thorough investigation in order to allow you the best possible opportunity to receive the compensation you deserve.

Public Transportation Accident Statistics

Public Transportation accidents are an all too common occurrence in New York. In 2010, there were 78 cases of regional rail collisions, 177 total regional rail accidents, 74 fatalities and 87 injuries, all of which were a result of negligence on behalf of the regional rail system. Some of the parties who sustained injuries were not even regional rail passengers. They were simply by-standers who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, 38% of the fatalities mentioned above involved non-passengers. Of the 177 reported regional rail accidents, 110 of them were attributed to the unsafe actions of a specific individual.

The Public Transportation Safety Board Conducts Investigations of Each Accident

It is important to note the fact that in the event of a public transportation accident, the Public Transportation Safety Board begins investigation immediately. Their investigations are conducted, not for the benefit of the injured, but rather for the benefit of the transportation companies.  In 2010, the PTSB reported 57 bus accidents which caused a total of 187 injuries and 11 fatalities.

32% of New York bus accidents in 2010 were cited by PTSB as being the fault of the bus driver. 33% of them were attributed to an equipment malfunction and 25% of them were said to be the fault of a driver in a separate vehicle. With all of this reported negligence, it is important that public transportation accident victims obtain the type of legal representation Richard C Bell can offer. He is tough on New York‘s public transportation companies who attempt to avoid paying money to the victims of negligence.

You should also know that when a subway or train customer slips and falls or trips and falls as a result of a defective condition or other negligence of any of the above transportation authorities (MTA, Subway, LIRR, Metro North, Amtrak, or Staten Island Ferry), you may be entitled to money damages for your injuries.

Strict time limits, known as statutes of limitations, apply so do not delay in consulting an experienced attorney to file your claim and pursue your lawsuit.

Richard C. Bell:  Over Three Decades of Legal Expertise

Richard C. Bell has been representing New York City public transportation injury clients for more than 31 years. He has a firm understanding of local laws and statutes that were designed to protect the public from being bullied by large public agencies. He will do everything that is in his power to ensure you the maximum compensation for your claim. He also understands how public transportation accident injuries can affect the lives and overall well-being of his clients.  If your injuries are serious and caused by the negligence of public transportation agencies, you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering and lost wages. Some common places people incur injuries either on or near public transit include:

  • MTA Stops and Stations
  • LIRR Stops and Stations
  • Subway Stops and Stations
  • Metro North Stops and Stations
  • Amtrak Stops and Stations
  • On or Near the Staten Island Ferry

Whether you were boarding the Staten Island Ferry, traveling on the New York City subway system(New York City Transit Authority-NYCTA), riding on the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) or doing anything else involving New York public transportation when your injury was sustained, you might have experienced any or all of the following as a direct result:

  • Death
  • Deformity
  • Paralysis
  • Scars
  • Serious Back Injury
  • Serious Neck Injury
  • Seizures
  • Other Debilitating Injuries

Sustaining an injury of any kind can make it hard to deal with the various aspects of day-to-day life. For example, if you have a serious neck or back injury it could be difficult or even impossible to travel to and from work, subsequently leading to job loss or loss of wages as a result of injuries sustained. Evidence in public transportation accident cases should be obtained and reviewed immediately after an injury is sustained. Eyewitness reports, medical records, photographs and anything else leading to the cause should immediately be pursued. Richard C Bell is committed to bringing justice in the courtroom for public transportation accident victims. If you are a New York City resident who has been injured as a result of a public transportation company’s negligence, call 877.CALL.LAW (225-5529) or call 212.714.0988.

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