Subway Accidents FAQ

Subway Accidents FAQ

What steps do I need to take following a subway crash?

  • Inform an employee of your injuries and what caused them. Get employee’s name and information.
  • Take photos of conditions that caused your injury. Write down a detailed account of your accident.
  • Get contact information of eye witnesses.
  • Seek medical attention.

Can I take legal action?

You have the right to take legal action if injured. You can file a lawsuit under premises liability due to unsafe conditions. The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) legally has the responsibility to provide a safe environment and is obligated to protect its passengers. This includes areas such as stairs, equipment, trains, lighting, floors, subway operators, and more.

How do you file a lawsuit for subway accident?

You must file a written Notice of Claim within 90 days of your subway accident with NYCTA in order to sue. You should contact an experienced attorney when filing a document of this significance.

A Notice of Claim must contain the following:

  • Name and Address
  • Explanation of what happened (time, place, location, how, etc.)
  • Injuries
  • Damages sought
  • Document must be verified

How long do I have to file a claim?

You must file a claim within 90 days of your injury or your claim will be automatically denied. It is important to file your injury claim with New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) immediately following an accident. If you do not file within this allotted period of time, you lose your right to bring a lawsuit against NYCTA.


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