Over 24,000 people are injured in bus crashes every year. 90 % of these wrecks are caused by driver negligence. Most buses do not have lap/shoulder seatbelts, and according to the Federal Government, 794 injuries and about 8 lives would be prevented each year if they had such safety devices.

Every year thousands of people are needlessly injured by the negligence of the New York City Transit Authority [NYCTA], the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], the Long Island Rail Road [LIRR] and Metro-North Rail Road].  Between 1996 and 2007, the MTA admitted that almost 87,000 valid claims were made.

These injuries and deaths are preventable.

If you or a loved one have been injured on a bus, subway or train, call one of the experienced, knowledgeable and hard working Bus and Subway Lawyers at Sonin & Genis.  We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.

For many New Yorkers, commuter buses, private charter and public buses, trains and subways are their primary means of transportation. When these companies fail to safely operate or maintain these vehicles or their premises, injuries and accidents occur and the results are often catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to negligence by a Mass Transit Carrier, you need an expert New York bus or subway accident lawyer to navigate the complicated legal terrain surrounding mass transit cases and secure justice and compensation for the victims and their families.


When it comes to the New York subways, studies have found that most accidents happen on the platforms or stairways in or to the station. The failure of the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) to properly maintain and inspects its stations is the main cause of unnecessary harms suffered by these members of our community.

According to an in-depth study by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Safety Investigation, the passenger casualty rate as a safety index shows the rate of passenger injuries of the NYCTA is approximately twice that of the rest of the nation’s rapid rail systems.

The findings of the Federal Government showed that:

  • the fitness for duty of NYCTA employees, many of whom hold safety related positions, is not ensured due to the absence of systems to assess and monitor employees for performance and violations of substance abuse policies before shifts.
  • Unlike modern rail systems, NYCTA does not contain sophisticated control and communications networks to assist in safe train operation, and deficient rules, supervision and monitoring and supervision.
  • Worn stairways, deteriorated structures, too few station exits and those in existence are poorly lit, “deferred maintenance” and “poor safety practices” – 64 % of passenger casualties and 51 % of employee accidents occurred within transit stations.

Negligent acts or omissions by the NYCTA that are substantial contributing factors in causing injuries or death on platforms or stairways of train stations include:

  • defective platforms or steps
  • Inadequate or missing handrails
  • Slippery or unmaintained platforms and steps
  • Leaks
  • Excessive gap from platform to train
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Inadequate warnings
  • Inadequate barriers and barricades

Workers and passengers can also be injured or killed on the tracks themselves when they are run over by trains that are not safely operated; trains that are not properly operated cannot be stopped in time to avoid serious harm to members of our community. Last year, there were about 55 deaths-by-subway, and approximately 150 incidents where people were struck and seriously injured by subways. These deaths and serious injuries are proximately caused by the following negligent acts or omissions:

  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices
  • Failure to keep proper lookout
  • Failure to see what is there to be seen
  • Inattentive operators/conductors/motormen and drivers
  • Inadequate headlight
  • Inadequate equipment
  • Failure to properly inspect and maintain resulting in mechanical problems and equipment failure
  • inadequate communication and inadequate equipment to communicate
  • fatigued operators/conductors/motormen and drivers
  • inadequately trained operators/conductors/motormen and drivers
  • substance abuse by operators/conductors/motormen and drivers
  • Improperly maintained train doors
  • Train collisions or derailment

Survivors of New York subway accidents often require extensive medical care, at times requiring lifelong treatment. The expert New York subway accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis can help victims win compensation that cover the high costs of such care, as well as compensatory damages for their pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of earnings.

Common injuries sustained in subway accidents include:

  • death
  • Head and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spine injuries
  • Full or partial paralysis
  • Loss of limbs
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Surgery
  • Internal injuries and damages to discs, nerves, muscles and tissues in the spine, to joints and their tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage – especially vulnerable joints like knees, shoulders, wrists, feet, ankles and elbows. Protruding, bulging or herniated discs can be disabling. Other disabling injuries include: torn rotator cuffs to shoulders, torn meniscus and chondromalacia to knees, carpal tunnel syndrome to wrists, and other injuries.

Trauma to joints can affect growth cause premature onset of arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Surgery may help but not cure these injuries.

Recovering from these life-altering injuries is not only painful; it requires costly and time-consuming medical treatment, doctor visits and rehabilitation. Costly medical treatment and doctors visits are required to treat these injuries.

Victims are often temporarily or permanently unable to work, or work with difficulty, limitations or restrictions and have a diminished work life and diminished earnings because of their injuries.

You need a lawyer that understands and knows the engineering, medicine and biomechanics of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires.

You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts that the defendants routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.

We have an excellent medical, forensic and engineering reference library.  We read and research medical and other journals regularly.  Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues.  Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.

You need a lawyer that knows how to gather the evidence, including Event Data Recorders [EDRs] and Sensing Device Modules [SDMs] – the “Black Box” data and the voice and video recordings from the Communications Unit that can prove what happened, and records of complaints, claims, inspections, maintenance and repair records, the records of the Station Department and other departments that they will look to hide, in order to bury the “smoking gun”.

Depending on where and how someone became injured in a subway or train accident, Sonin & Genis’ accomplished New York Subway accident lawyers are able to find the party or parties responsible, whether it be the MTA, the NYCTA, another public corporation or authority, their contractors or manufacturers, and obtain the largest possible verdict or settlement for their client, no matter how big and powerful the opposition may be.


Unfortunately, New York City has one of the highest rates of bus crashes. Public buses, long distance buses, and casino buses all experience high accident rates, leaving many injured or even dead. The New York bus accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis are experts at navigating the many laws that govern transit accidents.

Whether the cause is negligence on the part of the driver, poorly maintained buses, unsafe bus stops, or defective roadway conditions, their attorneys will identify the liable parties and bring them to justice.

Passengers, pedestrians, other drivers, and bicyclists all suffer injuries each year in bus accidents. Sonin & Genis’ experienced New York bus accident attorneys fight for those who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones, and have successfully won large settlements and awards for their clients.

Frequently referred to as “the heavy hitters with heart,” Sonin & Genis’ New York subway and bus accident lawyers are known as much for their tenacity as for the compassionate treatment of victims. The firm’s trademarks include exhaustive preparation, determination, and extraordinary courtroom performance.

Many of their clients come via referrals from other New York personal injury attorneys who know that Sonin & Genis are capable of taking on the toughest bus and subway accident cases and winning maximum awards and settlements for the victims.

It’s important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a city or municipality – including incidents involving buses, Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MABSTOA) or subways or trains– ], the New York City Transit Authority [NYCTA], the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit Authority, Port Authority of NY & NJ,  or countless other public entities), the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York bus, subway and train lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

There are extra short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, usually within one year and 90 days, so it is important to act quickly!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a mass transit accident, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert New York subway accident lawyer today.

*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on New York subway and bus accident cases