MTA Train Accident At Jackson Heights Train Station Critically Injured Man After Both of His Legs Were Run Over
QUEENS, NEW YORK (January 22, 2018) – A man was critically injured and his legs were run over in a train accident at a subway station in Queens.
Witnesses are saying that a man who may have been having a mental episode laid down on the subway tracks at the Jackson Heights station. The number 7 train was not able to slow down in time and ran over both of the mans legs.
The victim appears to have lost both of his legs in the train accident and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition.
An investigation into the MTA train accident that injured the man remains ongoing at this time.
LIABILITY IN MTA TRAIN ACCIDENTS
Generally speaking, MTA train operators have a responsibility to keep a watchful eye out for people on the tracks and exercise due care to make sure that no one is injured. Even if a person voluntarily puts themselves on the subway tracks in an attempt to commit suicide, the train operator cannot act with reckless disregard for this person’s life. In Stephens vs New York City Transit Authority, a young man was critically injured after he was run over by an MTA train in an attempt to commit suicide. The NYC transit authority reached a settlement with Milo Stephens after evidence was presented that the train operator demonstrated some negligence for failing to stop the train sooner. In New York, personal injury claims are evaluated under comparative negligence. In other words, even if a victim is partially responsible for an accident, that doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to file a claim for damages.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to learn that a man was critically injured after being run over by a number 7 train at the Queens subway station. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim and his family as he continues to recover. Every single human life has dignity, purpose and meaning. We hope that the victim is able to get the treatment that he needs, and that steps are taken to help prevent this from happening again. MTA operators are trained to spot and avoid people on the tracks. There needs to be an investigation into why this train was not able to stop in time.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a train accident in Queens, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.