Slip, Trip or Fall Liability on NYC Buses and Subways

In the constant hustle and bustle of New York City’s concrete jungle, accidents are bound to occur. Whether you trip on a broken step in the subway station or slip on a wet surface on a city bus, there are circumstances where you can receive compensation. However, the most common question in such cases, is who will be held liable for these accidents and your subsequent injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip, trip or fall in a New York City bus or subway, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury attorneys has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation.

In the event that you are injured in a New York City bus or subway accident, you may suffer damages such as hefty medical bills and lost wages, so filing a lawsuit is almost always necessary. However, deciding who is to blame for the accident that caused your injuries can be based on a variety of factors, the most important being where exactly your accident took place.

For example, if you are injured on a subway platform or subway train, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is liable. More commonly known as the MTA, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is responsible for maintaining all subway grounds. Therefore, in the event than an individual slips, trips or falls either on a platform or in a train, the MTA is liable for any and all hazards that they should have had reasonable knowledge about.

Accidents that take place in New York City buses however, are not quite as easy to define liability in. This is because there could be more than one entity held liable in such cases. Some of these parties may include the bus’s driver, the bus company, the bus manufacturer and the transportation companies that may be responsible for the route on which the incident occurred. Many of these companies, including Port Authority and New York State Metro Transit, advertise mission statements in which they claim to provide safe and secure environments to the public. In the event that these mission statements are somehow violated or representing false advertisement, the company may be held liable for your accident and subsequent injuries.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip, trip or fall accident on a New York City bus or subway, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation while fighting for the compensation you need and deserve. Call us today at (877) 504-5562. You may also email us at [email protected].

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

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