NYC Public Transportation Accident Lawyer
Public transportation is a necessity for many people. We all feel fairly safe on public systems like taxis, buses, and trains, but accidents do happen and people get hurt. When this happens, it can sometimes take a team of investigators to figure out who’s responsible, but they won’t necessarily be working on your behalf.
To make sure your interests are fully and professionally represented, your best course of action is retaining an NYC public transportation accident lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP for help getting compensated for your personal injury claim.
Types of Public Transit Accidents
Public transportation accidents can occur while you’re riding, boarding, or disembarking or even by getting hit by one of the many types of public transit vehicles:
- Rideshares such as Uber and Lyft
- Station or terminal accidents
Causes of Public Transportation Crashes
Accidents can be caused by innumerable factors, and that makes determining how many entities are at fault very difficult. It’s important for your NYC public transportation accident lawyer to conduct a full investigation to ensure that you maximize your compensation.
The causes of these accidents can be any of the following:
- Road, track, or other pathway hazards
- Driver, pilot, or conductor negligence
- Improper training or negligent hiring
- Inadequate maintenance
- Defective parts and equipment
- Hazardous stations and boarding areas
- Poor safety measures
- Other passengers or third parties
Claims Against Government-Run Public Transit
When it comes to filing a claim, where do you even start? It all depends on if it’s a government vehicle and if the driver was at fault for the accident. If so, then it gets very complicated, because filing suit against the government has many restrictions.
If another vehicle was at fault, then you would file a claim with the government vehicle’s insurance against the other driver. This would apply to trains, buses, ferries, and any other government-supplied public transportation.
Rideshare Car Accidents
Dealing with Uber or Lyft accidents is new legal terrain, because these drivers are considered independent contractors, own their own cars, and have their own insurance policies.
Whether the driver is financially liable or the rideshare company is depends on whether the Uber or Lyft driver was working at the time of the accident. This can be hard to verify because the only evidence is if the driver’s phone app was running or if a paying fare was being transported. In that case, there may be grounds to hold Uber or Lyft financially accountable for any injuries or damages. If not, then this would be treated as any other car accident.
Consult an NYC Public Transit Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving public transit of some kind, you deserve compensation for your injuries and damages. These cases are incredibly complicated and difficult, so discussing your case with Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can go a long way toward clarifying your options.
Call us at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an NYC public transportation accident lawyer. You can also fill out the contact form below to set up a time for us to reach you later.