It is not uncommon to live in Westchester County and work in the city. Every weekday, more than 600,000 people commute into New York City from Westchester County and other New York counties as well as Connecticut and New Jersey for work. Commuters enter the city through a variety of means: trains, buses, ferries, and for many, crowded highways.
If you commute into the city each day, there is always the chance you will be injured in an accident. During your commute, take safety precautions to reduce your chance of being involved in an accident, whether you drive, take public transportation, or if your commute involves a combination of these. If you are injured because of another party’s negligence, you could be entitled to recover compensation through a personal injury claim.
Where am I Most Likely to be Injured?
If you drive from Westchester County into the city, be especially careful on the following roadways:
- The Saw Mill River Parkway;
- Route 6; and
- Broadway (Manhattan).
These are a few of the roadways that have been recognized by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as having the greatest number of accidents resulting in serious injury.
If you ride a bus, you are at risk of being injured in an accident on the same roadways where motorists are at risk of being injured. You can also potentially suffer an injury at the bus station at either end of your commute. If you are a rail commuter, your injury concerns are a bit different from those who ride the highways into the city. On a train, you can potentially suffer an injury if the train collides with another train, if the train derails, or if there is an accident involving a pedestrian or vehicle on the track.
How Am I Most Likely to be Injured?
In any commuter accident, you can potentially suffer any of the following injuries:
- Broken bones;
- Tissue or organ damage;
- A brain or spinal cord injury; and
- Sprains and strains.
In many cases, car and bus accidents are the result of driver negligence. A motorist or a bus driver might disregard the posted traffic signals, putting that driver and all others on the road at risk of being injured in an accident. Sometimes, vehicular malfunction is to blame for an accident, such as a brake failure or a faulty component of a vehicle’s electrical system that prevents the vehicle from starting. On a train, negligence can come in the form of a poorly-maintained train or track, poor communication between conductors, and unauthorized third parties going onto the track.
Work with Our Team of Experienced Westchester Personal Injury Attorneys
If you are facing substantial expenses because of an injury sustained in an accident during your commute, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for those expenses through a personal injury claim. To learn more, contact our team of car accident lawyers at Grant & Longworth, Attorneys at Law to schedule your initial consultation in our office.