His clients call Michael Lamonsoff “The Bull” because he never stops fighting for them. Thanks to “The Bull” and his team of top-rated litigators, the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC., is consistently rated as one of the top personal injury law firms in New York City.
New York City train services are used daily by hundreds of thousands of commuters traveling into Manhattan and the surrounding Boroughs. Considering the city’s density and heavy train use, it is no surprise that there are a significant number of injuries each year from train accidents.
It is the responsibility of the transportation services and the companies or governments that own them to safely transport commuters traveling into New York City. If you are injured on a train, you need the help of an experienced train accident attorney.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff have an extensive history in representing victims of train accidents in some of the highest profile cases in New York and the nation. Because of their skillful and aggressive litigation of these cases, they have been nationally recognized as an authority on train accident lawsuits.
Our expertise in train accident cases
The personal injury train accident attorneys from the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff have spent years representing victims of train accidents in some of the highest-publicized cases in New York and the nation. We have aggressively litigated some of New York’s highest profile train accident and disaster cases, including the Valhalla Train Crash (Westchester train crossing collision), the Fairfield Train Crash (Bridgeport crash), and the Metro North Spuyten Duyvil derailment.
Our experience has made us a nationally recognized authority on train accident lawsuits. Our founder, Michael S. Lamonsoff, has been consulted by the press regarding the biggest train accidents and disasters in recent history. Because of our successes in New York, our firm has been retained by the victims of train disasters in other states such as the Bridgeport, Connecticut train derailment and the Halifax, North Carolina train-crossing collision.
Recent train accident injury award
Intensive investigation and litigation resulted in a $9,157,000 award to our clients who were victims of a train derailment. The case was a high-profile case which appeared all over the media. Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. obtained some of the highest awards for the incident. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, specifics of the case must remain confidential.
“I was in a train accident in May. I was heading home on the Metro North train. When we were one stop away from my home, the train derailed. This caused dislocated discs in my back and neck. I had a lot of pain and suffering.
“I want to thank Mr. Lamonsoff for representing me in my case. Not just for representing me but for all the care he showed me. For 4 years Michael made sure that I was ok. For 4 years Michael tried his hardest on my case. In the end it was all worth it.
“My friend recommended me to Michael and I will recommend all my friends to him too. He didn't treat me like a client, he treated me as if I were his friend. He did a great job on my case.”
Both commuter and distance rail challenge the safety of New Yorkers
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH) are massive rail systems based in New York City. The MTA alone is North America’s largest transportation network, providing 2.73 billion trips each year to New Yorkers.
These companies operate two of the largest commuter railroads in the country, the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and the Metro-North Railroad, which have a combined annual ridership of around 170.5 million. The PATH train serves Newark, Harrison, Hoboken, and Jersey City, as well as Lower and Midtown Manhattan, and has an annual ridership of around 33.8 million.
New York City is also a main hub of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, more commonly known as Amtrak, which operates a nationwide rail network that serves over 500 destinations in 46 states. Amtrak provides train service to over 30.8 million people annually, with its New York City line carrying around 10.2 million of those passengers.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the primary agency that regulates safety throughout the railroad industry, there are around 3,000 train accidents each year in the United States, resulting in roughly 1,000 deaths. Given the extreme amount of rail activity in the New York City metro area, it is all the more likely that train accident injuries will happen in New York.
What causes train accidents?
Accidents are often caused by the negligence of train operators and train owners. Train accident injuries are commonly caused by:
- A train striking cars or pedestrians at crossings
- People struck while boarding
- Track problems
- Train derailment
- Train-on-train collisions
- Electrocution on the tracks
- People struck after falling from the platform onto the tracks
- A slip and fall in the station
Frequently, these accidents result in serious and/or fatal injuries. There are also train accident victims who do not immediately appear hurt after an accident but whose pain may worsen days after the accident. Those people injured should seek medical attention and legal representation as soon as possible.
Who is responsible for injuries that occur in a train accident case?
Typically, both federal and state agencies will investigate a train accident to determine the cause. In New York, this means that the MTA and the New York Police Department, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are likely to investigate a New York City train accident.
In order for railroad company to be held to be liable for damage caused by the accident, it must be found that the railroad company was responsible for the accident and was acting in a negligent manner.
The railroad’s responsibility to injured parties differs depending on whether they were an employee of the railroad, a passenger on the train, or a third party such as a pedestrian or motorist injured at a railroad crossing.
If the railroad is found to be responsible for a train accident, injured victims can recover damages for past and future medical bills, past and future wage loss, pain and suffering, emotion distress, and disability. In the event of death, loved ones will have a claim for loss of income, emotional distress, and the loss of their loved one.
Contact the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff for help with your train accident claim
We will aggressively fight for you in order to win the highest award possible in your case. Our train accident attorneys will investigate the cause of your accident by reviewing all accident reports from eyewitness accounts, expert analysis by engineers in the field, and official investigations such as those released by the National Transportation Safety Board. We will also conduct a thorough review of the train’s maintenance history, the driver’s record, and the driver’s physical and mental condition at the time of the accident.
We retain world-class experts and investigators. Once our investigation determines responsibility, we seek compensation from any potentially liable party.
The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff also boasts some of New York’s toughest and most experienced attorneys. We are ready, willing, and able to try your train accident case against the companies and government agencies responsible for your injury.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a train accident, you may have suffered serious, life-altering injuries. Along with your pain and suffering, you’ve likely incurred medical bills, lost wages, and possibly funeral expenses in the event of a wrongful death. The train accident lawyers at our law firm understand the financial and emotional toll a train accident takes on victims and their families. We’re ready to help.
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