In New York City, riding the subway is a way of life for the 4.3 million people who ride the system each day. It is the way most New Yorkers commute and get to and from work. Using the subway system is also a fast and convenient way for tourists and natives to get to different locations throughout Manhattan and the boroughs.
Recently, there have been many occurrences reported of subway-riders falling onto the train tracks. However, according to a recent article published by the New York Post, statistics suggest that fewer of these accidents are fatal. However, serious injuries can nonetheless still occur. So far this year, 74 people have been hit by subway trains, representing a 20% increase from last year. Last year, 25 people who fell on the tracks were killed, as compared to 18 this year within the same time period surveyed.
Additionally, the MTA has been testing new technology that would alert train operators if there is a person or object on the train tracks. Such life-saving equipment would include thermal imaging devices, closed circuit television cameras, and laser sensors. Implementation of the new system is expected to begin between 2015 and 2019 and may be critical in helping to avoid or eliminate injuries suffered by subway travelers who are caused to fall onto train tracks.
It is important to exercise caution when waiting for the subway. Some safety tips include:
- Do not get too close to the tracks when waiting for the train
- Watch the gap when boarding the train
- Never attempt to get onto the tracks for any reason
- Do not push and shove your way onto or out of the train
- Be cautious of the closing doors
- Consider taking a cab if you are too ill to use the train
Serious injuries can still result from falling onto the subway train tracks. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall or other injury related to the city subway system, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your legal rights and remedies. Call Arze & Mollica, LLP at (718) 996-5600 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.