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09 December 2013

Train Accident In NYC: Putting Speed Before Safety

Railroads connected this country and significantly contributed to its development. Railroad travel is usually safe and is an established part of our transportation system. Unfortunately, when railroad employee negligence or error occurs, the very same trains can turn into high speed death traps that produce serious and often times fatal injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a train accident in NYC, you need the experienced lawyers of Lipsig Shapey Manus & Moverman, P.C., the personal injury lawyers who have a proven record of success in helping victims of train and railroad accidents.

Deadly Accident On Metro North

On December 1, 2013, a Metro North train loaded with holiday travelers derailed as it sped around a tight curve in the Bronx leaving four dead and many others injured including a man with a severe spinal cord injury that faces probable paralysis. Preliminary analysis of the cause of the derailment points to excessive speed as the cause of the train wreck. An injury lawyer in NYC can help these victims get what they’re entitled to.

In addition the Dec 1, 2013 derailment in the Bronx, which killed four people and injured dozens more, Federal Railroad Administration chief Joseph Szabo listed three other recent accidents involving Metro-North trains.

“The specific causes of each of these accidents may vary, but regardless of the reasons, four serious accidents in less than seven months is simply unacceptable,” he wrote in a letter to the head of New York’s transit authority.

The letter also describes a May 17 train derailment and collision in Bridgeport, Connecticut; the death of a Metro-North employee on May 28 in West Haven, Connecticut; and a CSX freight train derailment in the Bronx on July 18. More needs to be done immediately to improve safety, Szabo said.

As was the case there, private citizens account for most of the victims of train accidents in NYC. However railroad employees are also frequently injured in railroad accidents and those employees may have special rights that entitle them to direct compensation from their employers under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).

What Can Be Done For You

Advocating on behalf of clients against railroad companies and transit authorities can be very daunting as there are many specialized rules on the state and federal level that complicate the prosecution of these cases, such as the above mentioned Federal Employers Liability Act.

There are multiple examples of injury lawyers in NYC who obtain full and fair compensation for victims of train accidents. These include a 10 million dollar verdict for a man who fell on elevated subway tracks and was hit by a train, 9.3 million dollar verdict for a 29 year old man who lost his left arm and suffered an open skull fracture as the result of being struck by a subway train and a 4 million dollar settlement on behalf of a 50 year old man who was struck by a train when he fell on the tracks, resulting in amputations of both of his legs. In that case, our firm obtained a favorable jury verdict and the case was settled during the appeal by the defendant.

Are You The Victim Of A Train Accident? Call Lipsig!

Metro North and the M.T.A. have tremendous resources and if you or a loved one are killed or injured as a result of a horrific railroad accident such as the most recent Metro North tragedy, you will need assistance in obtaining compensation from the railroad. Contact the reputable injury lawyers in NYC, Lipsig Shapey Manus & Moverman, P.C. 40 Fulton Street New York, NY 10038 today for a free consultation. Call us toll free at 1 800-9-LIPSIG (1-800-954-7744) or fill out a contact form today for a free case evaluation and consultation. We will come to your home or hospital if you are injured.

Remember, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay a cent until you receive compensation, at which point you are charged a percentage of the settlement. There is never a fee for our consultation. There is no fee for our services unless a recovery is won. We have been fighting to protect the rights and obtain maximum compensation for injured persons for over 80 years and are ready to help you.