New York City Subway Accident Lawyers
Personal Injury Attorneys Helping Subway Accident Victims Recover Compensation
If you are a regular on the subway, you have probably steeled yourself to the process and don’t think too much about your safety. The fact is, however, that subway accidents are not infrequent, and they are often extremely serious. If you have been injured in a subway accident, consult with an experienced subway accident attorney today.
Subway Accidents and Their Causes
Subways ferry large numbers of people to their jobs, homes, and activities every day, and the metro system is charged with doing so as safely and efficiently as possible. It’s a tall order, and as such, there are several common culprits that typically lead to train accidents:
Train conductors need the appropriate training and experience to operate subway trains safely. Further, when the conductor speeds excessively, fails to slow down or stop, is distracted, impaired, or generally drives unsafely, he or she endangers everyone on the tracks.
Tracks That Are in Bad Repair
When subway tracks are in bad repair, it can lead to extremely dangerous accidents. The transit company is responsible for maintaining its infrastructure in safe working order, including keeping the tracks well maintained.
Like all vehicles, subway trains need proper maintenance to operate safely, but because subways transport so many people, staying on top of this ongoing task is critical. Part of this process is hiring experienced mechanics, using quality tools and parts, and closely adhering to a well-considered maintenance schedule.
Taking Subway Safety Seriously
We can all do our part to help make our New York subway system safer. This begins at the very top with the government, which should implement stricter safety regulations related to mass transit. The transit company itself should do more to make boarding and disembarking from its trains less hazardous and should pour more resources into safely maintaining its infrastructure. Train conductors must have adequate training and experience and should always make driving safely their top priority, which includes avoiding distractions, never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and always adhering to the safety rules of the tracks. Even passengers can help keep our subways safer for everyone by paying attention to and following all posted safety warnings, by filing on and off the cars in an organized fashion (no pushing, shoving, darting in and out, or mad dashing), and by never standing too close to the tracks.
Subway accidents are often tragic accidents that, with some basic safety precautions, can usually be avoided in the first place. Next time you head to the subway, instead of cruising on autopilot, think about how you can travel on the subway more safely.
If You’ve Been Injured in a Subway Accident, Consult with an Experienced New York Subway Accident Attorney Today
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a subway accident, the dedicated legal team at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman in New York is here to help. Our firm was established 80 years ago, and our experienced subway accident attorneys are proud to maintain our legacy by helping clients like you see your claim through to the best possible resolution. For a free initial consultation, please contact or call us at 212-285-3300 today.