David Cassidy, originally from Ireland, Lost Both Legs In Manhattan Subway Accident After Accidentally Falling Onto The Train Tracks
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY (January 10, 2022) – David Cassidy was heading back to his Queens apartment when he lost both of his legs after being run over by a subway train.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place in December. David Cassidy accidentally stumbled onto the subway tracks.
Bystanders saw what happened and attempted to help him. But he could not be hauled back to the platform before being run over by an oncoming subway train.
David Cassidy lost both of his legs below the knee leaving him seriously injured. He was rushed to the Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan so that he could receive treatment.
Family members are grateful that he survived the accident. They told reporters that he will have to undergo multiple surgeries and faces a long rehabilitation.
Liability In Manhattan Subway Accidents
Deaths and serious injuries with MTA subway trains are very rare. But they are still more common than many people may think. According to one study in the Journal of Forensic Science, there were 211 subway train fatalities between January of 2003 to May 31, 2007. Many of these tragedies were intentional, but about 1/3 were actual accidents. There are a number of potential causes for an MTA subway accident.
- A pedestrian could trip due to wet or slippery surfaces on the floor.
- Raised surfaces or cracks in the floor could cause someone to fall while walking.
- Unexpected movement by the subway could cause someone to loose their balance.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a subway accident. The MTA has a legal responsibility to maintain subway stations in a reasonably safe condition. When a property owner is a aware of a dangerous condition on their property, they must take measures to correct the dangerous condition. Failing to correct a dangerous condition prior to an accident could create the basis for a negligence claim. However, in most circumstances, the MTA must have received written notice of the hazard 15 days prior to the accident.
A subway conductor could also potentially be liable for an accident. Subway conductors must scan the tracks ahead of them and take reasonable maneuvers to avoid hitting pedestrians. There is only so much a subway can do because it can’t leave the tracks. But it is still true that some accidents can be avoided if conductors apply their brakes in time. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any MTA subway accident.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- An experienced subway accident attorney should be consulted.
Any person that is injured in a New York City subway accident may be entitled to financial damages through a personal injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. There are, however, very strict statute of limitations associated with claims against the MTA. Victims must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident. Failing to act within the statute of limitations can result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A Manhattan Subway Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to David Cassidy as he continues to recover. It is our sincere hope that the MTA takes steps to prevent additional accidents like this. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators.
Have you or someone that you loved been injured in an MTA subway accident? There are a number of laws designed to help victims. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping accident victims get the medical and financial support that they deserve. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.