Train, Bus & Subway Accidents
Kreindler & Kreindler protects the rights of mass transit accident victims.
Typically, mass transit is safe. However, a small mistake, an act of negligence, or a defective part on a train, bus, or subway can have catastrophic consequences. Whether one person was seriously injured, or dozens were killed, Kreindler attorneys will work to find out why the accident happened, make sure it doesn’t happen again and ensure that injured individuals and families can move forward supported by a fair financial foundation from those responsible.
Public Service by Private Attorneys
By holding public transportation authorities accountable, Kreindler’s legal team has helped to strengthen safety regulations and practices – ensuring that what happened, never happens again by forcing changes in safety procedures, redesigning a dangerous component, and changing the law.
Kreindler in the Media
After a major train, subway or bus crash, TV and print media outlets often turn to Kreindler’s attorneys to offer insight and analysis.
Train, Bus & Subway Accidents Demand Experience
Though mass transit accident cases can be quite complex, the extensive knowledge, resources, and litigation skills that our lawyers possess have produced consistent favorable results for our clients.
Some of our more notable train cases involved systems that lacked Positive Train Control (PTC) technology which can stop or slow a speeding train to prevent a derailment or one that is on a collision course with traffic ahead:
- MTA Spuyten Duyvil Derailment, Bronx, NY
- Amtrak 188 Derailment, Philadelphia, PA
- Metro North Collision, Valhalla, NY
This safety technology has existed for 40 years; the NTSB listed it on their “Most Wanted” list in 1990, and Congress made it required by law in 2008, with a deadline of December 2020 for implementation. But most rail roads were delinquent in installing the technology and preventable accidents occurred during the repeatedly extended deadline. Currently, there are several commuter railroads behind the deadline.
Mass Transit Attorneys for Even the Most Disastrous Events
Not many law firms have the necessary financial resources to fight the entities involved in mass transit systems like trains, subways, and buses. Kreindler does. Beyond experienced Kreindler attorneys, we engage industry experts to investigate the accident and help us identify who was responsible. Our investigations often begin where official government inquiries end. With such an extensive body of experience, we know what to focus on.
Kreindler attorneys will file suit against any and all negligent parties, including municipalities, cities and government entities, to help victims obtain the largest possible compensation for their injury or loss.
The Transportation Accident Firm That Other Attorneys Turn To
Most of our transportation accident cases are referrals from other attorneys who were originally contacted by a victim or the victim’s family. We’re glad to partner with legal colleagues in serving clients and working together on their behalf.
The firm is often retained by multiple passengers which affords us more leverage with the responsible parties and allows for greater efficiency in strategy, tactics, legal procedures expenses, and costs.
What are the deadlines for compensatory damages claims?
What if public transportation operators attempt to limit their liability?
How do you project all the costs of your future medical needs?
How does a deceased victim’s family demonstrate to a jury all they’ve lost?
Kreindler attorneys have the answers, and we’re here to help.
What are some of the most common causes of serious mass transit accidents?
Operator error: Drivers or other operators of public transportation vehicles who are tired, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted by cellphones or another worker, or otherwise act in a reckless, dangerous or negligent manner;
Mechanical problems: Problems with a mechanical part on a bus, train, or ferry;
Poor maintenance: Government agencies or private companies that operate such vehicles have a responsibility to properly maintain them;
Defective parts: In some cases, a manufacturer’s faulty part or design flaw can be to blame;
Unsafe conditions: From bad weather to poor lighting, mass transit accidents can be linked to dangerous road, rail, or water conditions and an operator’s obligation to use reasonable care under the circumstances.
Kreindler attorneys understand that more than one of these factors may have contributed to an accident. Kreindler has a stellar record of success in major accident cases of all types. This includes overcoming attempts by transportation operators to limit their own liability.
Referring Counsel: Let’s Discuss Your Client’s Case
Kreindler regularly partners with attorneys who already have a relationship with the victim or their family. If there is an award we share our fee while allowing referring attorneys to be as involved as is appropriate.
Lawyers unfamiliar with the complex challenges of train, bus, and subway accident law may miss key issues, and therefore opportunities to secure and maximize compensation. We have the resources to dig deep and challenge even large international companies in court.
Call on Our Experience
Kreindler’s experience covers not only accidents in train, bus, and subway accidents but also includes mass tort, product injury, and complex personal injury. Having helped so many others, we really do understand the impact a train, bus, and subway accident can have on your family and your life. Sadly, what has been done cannot be undone. However, we are here to help you achieve a sense of closure, justice, and financial security to help you move on following a tragedy.
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