Transportation Accidents

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Subway, Train & Bus

The New York City Subway System and Commuter Rail Lines such as Metro-North and the Long Island Railroad are the primary ways for New Yorkers to get around. Unfortunately, some of facilities, equipment, operating and training procedures endanger commuters and transit worker. Dangerous and defective conditions existing within the subway stations such as broken, uneven, poorly lit, or poorly painted and marked areas can result in injuries from slips, trips and falls. There are further potential dangers associated with the operation of the trains, such as being hit by a train, being caught in train doors, system elevator and escalator malfunctions, inhaling smoke during a train fire or electrical malfunction, or suffering injuries as a result of being a passenger in a train involved in an accident. Transit injuries can vary from smoke inhalation to neck and back injuries to broken bones, from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to loss of limb to death.
New York City’s public bus system is similarly affected by unsafe facilities, equipment, operating and training procedures that regularly endanger and injure commuters and the general public. It is not uncommon for injuries to result from the negligent, reckless of erratic operation of busses, causing accidents with other vehicles, collisions with pedestrians and sudden stops that can cause fall injuries to bus passengers. Similarly, bus passengers all too often suffer injuries when the drivers rapidly pull away from bus stops without giving passengers a reasonable opportunity to either sit down or hold on to a pole.


Accidents in the subway often result in serious injuries. The New York City subway system has also witnessed an increase in deaths since 2012. More than 50 people were killed in subway related incidents in 2012 alone.

Types of Subway Injuries Accepted by Certain & Zilberg:
  • Subway Collisions
  • Trip, slip and falls in the stations, or inside subway cars
  • Injury or death when personal property gets caught on the gate
  • Transit work accidents
  • Elevator and Escalator malfunctions
  • Hit by trains pulling up
  • Tripping and falling into track trenches
  • Subway assaults and pushes
  • Caught in doors of cars
  • Injuries sustained during sudden stops
  • Electrocutions
  • Falls
  • Panic & anxiety attacks
  • Grievous head injuries
  • Fractures
  • Shocks and trauma
  • Fire and Burns Injuries
  • Asphyxiation due to fire and smoke engulfing the cars


Railroads and trains are inherently dangerous. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), every year there are thousands of train accidents and hundreds of deaths. Injuries may occur when train companies fail to protect their employees or the public adequately.


Certain & Zilberg accepts train and railroad injury cases. If you or somebody you know has been injured in a train accident, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free no-obligation case consultation.

Types of Train Injuries Cases Accepted by Certain & Zilberg:
  • Train collision or derailment
  • Train carrying toxic or hazardous materials derails
  • Train employees exposed to toxic or hazardous materials
  • Railroad crossing accidents
  • Railroad worker injuries

If an injury is caused because the railroad company failed to provide proper training, equipment, safety conditions, or use adequate safety precautions the company may be held liable for failing to keep its employees or the public safe. This is called negligence. If a railroad injury lawyer can prove that the railroad company failed to do something it should have done which caused your injury, they can be held financially liable and required to pay you compensation.

Examples of Railroad Company Negligence:
  • Failing to establish a safe working environment
  • Using improper equipment
  • Failing to provide adequate training to employees
  • Not performing frequent inspections
  • Improperly maintaining trains or equipment
  • Failing to properly mark or maintain a railroad crossing
  • Over-working employees, creating a dangerous work environment
  • Failing to maintain train crossings
  • Exposing employees to toxic substances




Thousands of bus accidents occur each year. Due to the size of buses, injuries resulting from bus accidents are often severe or even life threatening.
Public bus transportation companies have a responsibility to ensure that the passengers on their buses arrive to and from their destinations safely. Buses should be extremely safe and well maintained. Federal law requires private companies and public authorities operating buses to provide a high degree of safety to their passengers and when this is violated, causing injury, they need to be held responsible. Our lawyers have a long history of have helped numerous bus accident victims get the compensation they deserve and we are ready help you.

We handle a wide variety of bus accident cases, including:
  • NYC Transit, MTA, New Jersey Transit and other local mass transit buses
  • School buses
  • Airport shuttles
  • Charter and tour buses
  • Greyhound, Trailways, Peter Pan and other interstate buses
  • Bus and pedestrian accidents
  • Bus and bicyclist accidents
  • Bus and car accidents

Contact Certain & Zilberg, PLLC today to arrange a free no-obligation consultation.