A man was injured in a terrible subway accident in New York City this past August at a Sunset Park train station. The victim, a man, was struck by an incoming train while standing on the platform at around 4:40 in the afternoon. The 59th Street Station was closed down immediately after the crash while the victim was stabilized and an investigation begun.
The victim was taken to nearby Lutheran Hospital and listed in critical condition. Police don’t suspect any criminality in this case but the results of the complete subway accident investigation have yet to be made public.
While it’s not common for innocent victims to be struck by incoming trains while on the platform, it’s not unheard of. Victims of subway accident s in New York City have suffered anywhere from minimal to severe injuries to the head, neck, arms, and legs after making contact with trains pulling into the station.
While there are signs and warning paint instructing people to stay clear of the edge of the platform, visitors to New York’s underground have to be warned about the danger of high-speed subway trains and the potential dangers at the platform edges.
It is difficult for victims to prove liability on the part of the train operator, City of New York and the MTA. However, an experienced subway accident lawyer knows exactly what to look for. The MTA records can show whether the train operator was either distracted, operating the train at unsafe speeds, or failed to verify the safety mechanisms on the vehicle were in proper working order. After all the records are obtained and the necessary deposition testimony taken, an engineer can be retained to determine whether there was sufficient for operator to stop the train before contacting the victim.
If you’ve been injured while riding the NYC underground, contact an experienced subway accident lawyer in New York City to fight for your rights. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.