At Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, our attorneys have vast experience in successfully bringing lawsuits against the New York City Transit Authority and MTA for subway, bus, and commuter railroad accidents. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that being injured in an accident can cause. Our compassionate team of legal professionals is committed to holding all liable parties responsible for the harm that injured victims suffer in these public transportation accidents.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys You Can Trust
Our skilled lawyers have successfully recovered millions in compensation for clients in claims involving commuter train and subway derailments, pedestrians struck by NYC buses and subways, passengers who have been injured while riding the bus, accidents that have occurred in poorly maintained subway stations, and other incidents involving public transportation systems. We understand the challenges, processes, and complexities that come with bringing claims against these municipal agencies.
Types Of Public Transportation Accidents
There are many different ways that people can become injured involving public transportation including:
- Falling off platforms while getting on or off the subway or train
- Train and subway derailments
- Poor track maintenance
- Sudden starts or stops
- Operators who speed or drive recklessly
- Pedestrian bus accidents
- Doors unexpectedly closing or jamming
- Poor maintenance of train & subway stations, platforms, and stairs
- Defective parts and equipment failure
Bringing a Lawsuit For Public Transportation Injuries
Because NYCTA and MTA are municipal corporations, they are afforded certain protections by the courts and plaintiffs must follow certain rules in bringing lawsuits against them. A clear example of this is the requirement to bring a Notice of Claim prior to starting a lawsuit. A Notice of Claim is not a lawsuit – it informs the municipality of an injured party’s intent to sue. If it is not filed it within 90 days of the date of the accident, an injured victim may lose their right to file a lawsuit. Although courts may require a municipality to accept a late notice of claim, the plaintiff must petition a court to do so within one year and 90 days of the accident. Lawsuits must also be started within one year and 90 days of the accident. Failure to file a lawsuit within that time period will mean that a plaintiff will be barred from bringing a lawsuit.
What We Do
There are a number of elements involved in building a strong personal injury claim. At Cannata, Hendele & Cannata, LLP, we know how to bring them all together and develop effective legal strategies and arguments. Our team consults with experts such as accident scene reconstructionists, public transportation authorities, engineers, and medical professionals. We also collect vital evidence which may include accident reports, police reports, witness statements, video footage, and other pertinent information. Our attorneys have decades of experience in handling complex claims against municipalities and other potentially liable parties. We carefully evaluate cases and pursue all potential avenues to help clients get the maximum recovery they need and deserve.
Contact Us To Schedule A Free Consultation
Our attorneys at Cannata, Hendele & Cannata are dedicated to helping injured victims and their families hold public transportation agencies and other responsible parties accountable for their actions. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, contact us or call 212-553-9205 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.