New York City has the highest rate of public transportation usage of any city in the United States and is the busiest subway system in the entire western hemisphere. Though the subway is getting safer and safer all the time, with more than a billion and a half riders every year, it is no surprise that subway accidents do happen. It is important to be careful and aware when riding the subway (and always), but to help you keep your guard up, we have composed a list of different types of subway accidents that are common in New York City.
A majority of subway related deaths are due to sickness, accident, or suicide. In fact, almost half of the injuries that occur on the subway involve alcohol. Though these statistics are not tracked by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, we do know that there have been a number of deaths due to natural illness, but also a number of deaths due to accidents and suicides, including people jumping onto the tracks.
There have also been a number of worker deaths on NYC subways due to work-related accidents, including falls, electrocution, train collisions, and getting hit by trains. Though safety for subway workers has dramatically improved throughout the years, it can still be a dangerous job.
Though the subway’s crime rates are surprisingly low for a city this size, crime does still exist on the New York City subways and is another cause of injuries on this popular means of transportation. From pick pocketing and wallet snatching to assault and even the rare murder, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings, especially late at night or during rush hour and other busy times.
If you have been injured in any type of subway-related accident, the Personal Injury lawyers at Alvin H. Broome and Associates are here to help. Our firm has had outstanding results with a record of more than 33 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more. Personalized attention is our number one priority and we are dedicated to our clients and to the aggressive presentation of their cause.