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What You Need To Know if You Were Hurt in a Mass Transit Accident
1. If you were injured in a mass transit accident, you need to determine if the party at fault was a private company or a government agency, such as the MTA, Staten Island Ferry, Bee Line Bus, or other public transportation service. This is important information because in New York State, the laws for suing a government agency are different from the laws for suing a private company.
2. In New York State, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is three years. However, suing a government agency is different. In this situation, you must file a document, called a Notice of Claim, within 90 days of the accident. If you decide to go ahead with a lawsuit against the government agency, you must file the suit within one year and 90 days of the accident.
3. Even if your accident occurred on a government agency transportation vehicle, it does not necessarily mean that the government agency is responsible. If you were injured in a mass transit accident, you need to prove that the government agency was negligent or one of its employees was negligent while acting within the scope of their work duties. Negligence occurs when a person acts in a careless manner, or fails to do a specific duty, which results in someone else getting hurt or having their property damaged. For example, a government agency might be liable for injuries caused due to equipment failure, poor construction, lack of facility maintenance, poor lighting conditions, or errors caused by a mass transit operator.
Mass transit accidents can vary from minor to major, occurring on many different types of transportation. We competently represent clients who have suffered injuries in the following situations:
* Bus accidents
* Train accidents
* Subway accidents
* Taxi accidents
* Ferry accidents
* School bus accidents
Many of these cases require us to deal with the proper transit authorities; something that may be complex and difficult. With Mr. Kessler’s experience working for the City of New York, he knows how to easily gather information regarding your bus, train, ferry, or taxi accident.
We are committed to helping you fight for your legal rights and pursuing the monetary compensation you deserve for your physical injuries and emotional suffering. Please call The Law Offices of Jason B. Kessler at 914-220-1088 for a free evaluation of your case.