Serious Injuries Sustained in MTA Accidents
Recent reports show that the number of injuries to MTA bus riders in the absence of collisions have increased this past year - by a significant 11 percent. These numbers show that the risks of serious injuries exists even when buses do not crash, as 494 injuries were reported without a collision. According to MTA, riders can get thrown around or can slip and fall if a bus swerves or lurches, which is common due to erratic bus driving behavior in New York City traffic. These throwing motions and falls have been causing serious injuries to MTA riders, and if you’ve been injured in an MTA accident, you should consult with an experienced New York City personal injury attorney today.
Injuries Common to MTA Accidents
Every MTA accident is unique, but there are several types of serious injuries that bus passengers commonly sustain, including:
Broken Bones – A broken bone is a painful injury that can be slow to heal. When a broken bone doesn’t heal properly, it can lead not only to chronic pain but also to a permanent disability. A broken bone often requires victims to miss a significant amount of work and to suffer the financial consequences of those lost hours on the job. Accidents that jolt and jostle riders, serious falls, and nearly any other kind of MTA accident can lead to broken bones.
Traumatic Brain Injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by an impact to the head. Because these injuries affect the brain, they are extremely serious and extremely unpredictable. Our brains house what it is that makes us uniquely ourselves, and when that is altered in the course of an accident, the negative consequences are likely to be overwhelming. A significant TBI can alter the course of the victim’s life and lead to immense physical, financial, and emotional damages. Many sufferers of traumatic brain injuries experience cognitive or physical impairments that prevent them from returning to work for quite some time. The impact of a crash, derailment, or serious slip and fall accident can all lead to a TBI.
Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal cord injuries can happen anywhere on the spinal cord, and they are extremely painful injuries that often lead to significant decreases in mobility. If the injury is serious, the victim can be permanently paralyzed below the site of the accident. The overarching negative consequences of such an injury are difficult to overestimate. Spinal cord injuries are not uncommon to the impact of a crash or to accidents involving sudden stops that throw riders to the ground or against unyielding objects.
Injuries Caused by Electrical Accidents – Electrical accidents are prone to causing extremely severe injuries that require specialized and ongoing care. The MTA’s trains and subways are powered by high-voltage electricity that is exceedingly dangerous when not properly controlled. Dangerous exposure to electricity can happen when the power source isn’t effectively shut down during the evacuation of a subway car or train.
If You’ve Been Injured in an MTA Accident, You Need an Experienced Brooklyn Personal Injury Attorney on Your Side
MTA accidents can lead to serious injuries, but the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman in Brooklyn have decades of experience successfully advocating for the legal rights of victims like you. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 212-285-3300 for more information today.