NEW YORK – A pair of subway trains derailed Tuesday morning in Manhattan. It is the latest incident that has affected New York commuters this year.
Authorities said a southbound train scraped against the tunnel wall shortly before 10 a.m., causing the two cars to shift off the tracks in Harlem. According to CBS New York, at least seven passengers suffered injuries.
An MTA spokesperson downplayed the injuries as ‘minor,’ but similar incidents have resulted in long lasting pain and frustration for passengers.
An experienced train accident lawyer said a legal investigation could help many passengers recover costs to help pay for:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Lost Wages
- Pain and suffering
- And other associated costs
In many cases, passengers may not experience pain associated with an injury for days – even weeks following a New York City train derailment. Attorneys say the collisions and sudden jolts can often cause injuries to the head, neck and spine.
One passenger told CBS2 that the accident felt like “a runaway roller coaster — like a bucking horse.”
“I don’t want to get back on the train – for a long time,” Michelle Ayoub told CBS reporter Emily Smith.
Another passenger added that the derailment was the “worst experience of my whole life.”
It is unclear how fast the train was going, or what caused it to scrape against the side of the tunnel, but these are facts that could be answered with an extensive legal investigation.
A New York train accident lawyer says there are often a variety of factors that lead to a derailment, and every possible piece of evidence should be examined to help injured passengers recover the best results possible.
- Pieces of evidence attorneys will be looking at include:
- Potential flaws in the track
- Structural faults with the tunnel
- Operator error
- Mechanical malfunctions on the train
- History of accidents along this line
- Maintenance records
- Engineer experience and qualifications
- Eye-witness statements, and photo/video evidence
New York train derailment attorneys say when an injured passenger files a claim, it can also place pressure on the railroad companies to make structural or mechanical changes that can improve the safety of future passengers.
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