If you’re one of the millions of New Yorkers who utilize public transportation daily, you understand just how important it is to be able to rely on the buses, subways, and trains here in the Big Apple. When accidents occur leading to personal injury, you need a caring, competent Long Island Personal Injury attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve. Whether the accident involved multiple victims or only you, a good Long Island Personal Injury attorney will know how to proceed to achieve the best possible results.
Investigating a Car Accident on Long Island
What will occur during an investigation? Every angle of the accident will be gone over with a fine-tooth comb, looking for all plausible explanations for the incident. This will include witness interviews, photographic evidence, and a review of equipment maintenance schedules and mechanical issues. The operator will be examined, looking for indications of incapacity or error. Weather, lighting, and other conditions specific to the accident will be examined to determine all factors that may have contributed to the event.
In addition to local agencies, the National Transportation Safety Board is a key agency assigned to investigate accidents involving mass transit. They will issue a report outlining the following:
- Particulars of the incident;
- Evaluation of the facts;
- Explanation of the likely cause of the accident;
- Expert consultations; and
- Recommendations for improvements in safety.
Causes of Transit Accidents in Long Island
Most transportation service providers are considered common carriers, meaning they are licensed by the state and given operating authority by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). Operators are required to do everything in their power to ensure passenger safety. Nonetheless, accidents do occur. Common issues include:
- Equipment failure;
- Inadequate maintenance;
- Operator error;
- Electrical problems; and
- Dangerous conditions.
Common Carrier Laws in Long Island
Common carrier laws relate to entities that provide transportation options to the public, including trains, trolleys, buses, subways, and taxis. These entities have a duty of care in regards to their customers, meaning they must provide safe and reasonable accommodations for passengers, as well as warnings for any hazards. Failure to do so could be determined to be negligence, resulting in liability concerns. When a passenger experiences an accident that results in injuries, it could be argued that the carrier breached their duty of care, leading to physical and/or emotional injuries, in addition to medical bills, lost wages, and other costs.
Following a Long Island Accident
Whether you are involved in a large public transportation incident such as a train derailing, or one that is particular to you, such as a fall on a subway escalator, you deserve aggressive, thorough legal representation. At the Falkowitz Law Firm, we work diligently to ensure the best possible outcomes for you. Contact us today at 844-GET-GARY for a free, confidential consultation in our Garden City Office.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.