Subway derailment injuries could lead to premises liability suits

Dozens of people were injured recently when a subway train derailed. According to reports, the transportation infrastructure of New York has suffered from several issues lately, and now an accident has occurred that could lead to several premises liability lawsuits. As many as 34 people were injured in this last incident.

Up until the derailment occurred, the biggest worry of those who used the subway was the chance of an unexpected but long delay. Ancient equipment caused has these delays to happen more and more frequently. In fact, hundreds of passengers were recently stranded on the subway when the doors jammed, and they couldn't pry them open. That is just one of many incidents that show the strain of an aged railway system.

Passengers describe the moments during and immediately after the train's derailment as chaos. As they rode along, the train suddenly jerked, and everything went black. The smell of thick smoke became overwhelming, and no one knew what was happening to them. There were over 800 people trapped on the tracks, coughing and vomiting from the acrid smoke, and it took over an hour to rescue them all.

Dozens of people were injured, and many were taken to nearby hospitals. Anyone in New York who has been injured, lost time from work, or had to be hospitalized because of faulty equipment or substandard safety measures may choose to consult with a personal injury lawyer. This attorney can advise the victim as to whether he or she has the grounds for a premises liability case.

Source: The New York Times, "Subway Derailment in Manhattan Injures Dozens", Marc Santora and Emma G. Fitzsimmons, June 27, 2017

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