According to news sources, there has been a major public transportation accident in NYC. A subway train carrying 1,000 passengers derailed on May 2nd, 2014, injuring more than a dozen people. Rescuers reported that four people sustained serious injuries and were hospitalized. Fifteen others were treated at the scene of the derailment. The derailed train was an express F train headed toward Manhattan and Brooklyn. Six of the eight cars on the train derailed at approximately 10:40 a.m, just south of 65th Street station in Queens.
Witnesses reported that the train suddenly started to tilt and shake before it came to a screeching stop. The train filled with smoke and sparks, frightening many of the passengers as it came to a halt. When the derailment occurred, dozens of firefighters, police officers, and paramedics converged on the scene. The rescuers used ladders to help passengers climb out of the train and reach track level. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.
History of Train Derailments in NYC
Subway train derailments in NYC are rare but still occur. The last derailment occurred in May 2013, near 125th Street in Manhattan. There were no injuries in that incident. In August 1991, a derailment at Union Square killed five passengers and injured 200. The investigation of that accident revealed that the train driver was drunk. He was eventually tried and convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
When train derailments in NYC cause injury or death, complex legal issues often arise. The injured parties, or the next of kin of a deceased party, may be entitled to recover damages for the injuries or loss that they suffered as a result of the accident.
In many of these types of accidents, victims suffer serious losses that go far beyond the financial loss of property. Severely injured victims incur medical expenses and often lost wages. In addition, many of the victims suffer from severe pain as result of their injuries. Victims who have suffered injuries or losses due to a subway train derailment should seek the assistance of experienced NYC public transportation accident attorneys right away.
How to Recover Damages
In order to recover damages from losses suffered in a public transportation accident, the plaintiff’s attorney must show that the defendant was at fault in the accident and, if the defendant was at fault, how much should be awarded in damages in order to fully compensate the plaintiff for his or her losses. Losses can include medical expenses, the costs of repairing damaged property, and even money to compensate victims for the pain and suffering that they experienced because of the accident.
If You’ve Been Involved in a New York City Public Transportation Accident, Call Alatsas & Taub!
If you or a loved one has been involved in a New York City public transportation accident, contact the experienced NYC public transportation accident attorneys today at Alatsas & Taub, P.C. We have the skill and experience to aggressively pursue your claim and to ensure that you are fully compensated for your losses. Contact us today, at (718) 891-1200.