New York City’s public transportation system is the largest in the country, with an average weekday ridership of nearly 9 million people. You would expect this agency to be one of the highest-functioning in the world as well, but this is often not the case. Public transportation injuries are far too common in New York City, and many of them are the result of employee negligence.
If you’ve been injured in a bus, train, or subway accident in Queens, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. As long as the accident wasn’t primarily your fault, you can hold any negligent parties liable for your injury-related expenses. This includes civilians who may have caused your accident and also the New York Transit Authority itself if an employee’s negligence is to blame.
New York City’s MTA Has Paid Out Over $431 Million In Settlements & Verdicts
Between 2011 and 2016, NYC Transit has settled or adjudicated 4,592 personal injury claims for accidents involving trains and buses, amounting to a total of $431 million. In a 2008 review the MTA inspector general’s office determined that 23 of 27 stations reviewed had major trip-and-fall hazards. Yet somehow, these hazards were not addressed before thousands of people ended up getting injured.
Specific cases of lawsuits against the MTA of New York City include:
- A 19-year old student stumbled on a gap which had been painted over by an MTA employee in charge of safety inspections. He fell onto the track, was struck by on oncoming train, and had to have both legs amputated below the knee. He reached a settlement with the MTA for $9 million.
- A 36-year old woman was struck by an MTA bus while riding her bike. The bus rolled over her legs and dragged her into an intersection. NYC Transit lawyers claimed she was responsible for the crash, but the woman was awarded a $4.7 million verdict after a 20-day trial.
- An 11-year old boy was run over by a city bus and needed more than 8 surgeries to repair is leg. A jury awarded him $7.6 million.
These are just a few of the higher payouts from New York City Transit accidents. As you can tell from their stories, victims of public transportation accidents often suffer debilitating and permanently life-altering injuries. It’s only right that they receive high settlements and verdicts to compensate for the wide variety of life disruptions, expenses, and pain and suffering.
What Should I Do If I Was Injured In A Queens Public Transportation Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an NYC Transit accident, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Personal injury claims offer recourse for victims of serious accidents, but claims against public entities have stricter time constraints than those against individuals and private businesses. You are required to file a notice of claim against the agency within 90 days of your accident.
At Lipsig Queens, we’re proud to stand up for those who have been injured by NYC Transit negligence. We’ll hear your story in a free consultation and will only ask for payment if and when we help you secure compensation. Don’t hesitate – contact us today so we can begin planning for your recovery.