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Bus and subway accidents a danger for New Yorkers

New York is a commuter city with people needing to ride public transportation to get around. Because of that, there is an inherent trust placed in those who are operating buses and trains. These methods of transport are predominately safe. However, there are sometimes bus and subway accidents that can cause injury and even death. If there is an accident with a public transportation vehicle, those who were involved need to know that they have the right to seek compensation for all they have lost including medical costs, lost wages and more. With a death, the family has a right to pursue litigation.

A Long Island Rail Road train crashed when it arrived at its Brooklyn stop. The train was moving slowly when it hit a bumping block and crashed. A rail penetrated one of the cars of the train. The accident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. Around 100 people were treated for injuries. There were passengers who had to be taken off the train via stretcher. Others were sitting on the sidewalk with cuts and other injuries. One passenger had a broken leg. The investigation is ongoing.

With any accident, there is the chance of catastrophic injury. While there might not be any major injuries at first glance, that does not mean there were not significant issues that the victim did not realize had affected them. For example, the symptoms of a brain injury often take some time to manifest and become problematic. Once they do, it can lead to long-term issues. There could have been a back injury or other damage done that did not initially show itself in the first hours after the motor vehicle accident. Any injury can lead to massive medical bills, surgery, rehabilitation, and the need for long-term care. With any accident, it is imperative to receive medical care and speak to an attorney.

In this accident, a number of people were injured in a train accident. Even though it is not believed that there were severe injuries, those who were on the train should make certain that they protect themselves in case something does arise in its aftermath. Contacting a lawyer can prepare for a case and help with seeking compensation.

Source: CBS News, "LIRR train crash in New York City injures dozens," Jan. 4, 2017

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