Transportation Law Attorney in New York and The Bronx
According to the New York Department of Health, there are almost 13,000 hospitalizations each year throughout the state due to motor vehicle and transportation injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a transportation accident, you may be able to build a case with our dedicated team of attorneys at Leav & Steinberg LLP and receive possible compensation.
What Is a Transportation Lawyer?
Transportation attorneys can provide counsel for those who have been injured either on or from public transportation, such as buses, subways, or trains, or have been involved in a bicycle, motorcycle, or car accident. New York operates under a “No-Fault” law, which means that negligent drivers may be held accountable for injuries caused to others within a certain period of time. For motor vehicle accidents, this is usually 30 days after the incident. Cases of accidents or injuries involving public transportation must meet several preconditions within a short period of time before a lawsuit can be filed. Work with an experienced transportation accident attorney to determine if you have a case and to help ensure these conditions are met.
Our team can also help you in cases where vehicles were improperly maintained or if environmental factors contributed to an accident, such as poor lighting or improper placement of signs or rails.
Types of Transportation Accidents Throughout New York City and The Bronx
Other types of transportation accidents include bicycle and skateboard accidents, hit and run cases, drunk driving, pedestrian accidents, and motorcycle collisions. Leav & Steinberg specializes in the following:
- Bus Accidents may have multiple parties at fault depending on the details of the accident. If the accident was a direct result of improper maintenance, then the bus management company may be at fault for your injuries. The bus driver might be at fault if the accident was a result of negligent driving, driving under the influence, or operating the bus without proper training. In other cases, multiple parties may be at fault, depending on the details of the accident. Our legal team can help determine who to hold liable for injuries or any other damages resulting from the incident.
- Subway Accidents usually result in injuries from operator negligence, sudden stops, subway car crashes, and poor maintenance. The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) or Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) may be held liable if a subway accident resulted from improper maintenance or unsafe conditions of subway cars, tracks, or stations. Subway accident claims have strict deadlines, and a notice of claim needs to be filed within 90 days of the accident.
- Train Accidents often involve the victim being hit by a train, trapped between the train and platform, and falling while riding a train. Gather as much evidence as possible if you’ve been involved in a train accident before you seek legal counsel. The at-fault party may be the train engineer, maintenance workers, train management, or other related parties involved.
- Bicycle Accident injuries fall under an insurance company’s no-fault coverage. Bicyclists are entitled to the same rights as drivers in New York and must adhere to traffic laws, but they’re considered pedestrians under New York’s no-fault laws. No-fault insurance coverage can help cover expenses incurred from an accident despite which party is at fault.
- Motorcycle Accident victims don’t fall under no-fault coverage the same way bicyclists and pedestrians do and aren’t required to prove that their injuries meet the serious injury threshold of New York Insurance Law. Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer severe injuries in an accident, and infrastructure issues can be more hazardous for motorcycles than other vehicles, which is why it’s important to speak with a lawyer about legal options following an accident.
Our attorneys can analyze the details of your accident by reviewing your accident report, medical records, photographs from the scene, and other information. Never put off seeking medical attention, sign anything, or give any statements until you have our team advise you on the best course of action. Because transportation cases are so time-sensitive, the only way to determine if you have a case is to call an attorney to immediately review the details of the incident.