What You Need To Know About NYC Subway Accidents

Any New Yorker knows that subways are as much a part of the urban landscape of the east as foliage and vineyards are to the Napa Valley of the west. They provide a fast, efficient way to get to work and are ultimately cleaner for the environment when compared to automobile transport for the same amount of people. But the subway comes with a downside as well. Accidents, trip and falls, defective conditions, and assaults all play a part in the dangers and potential perils of subway transport.

Have you or someone you know been a victim of a subway accident? If so, contact a New York City Subway Accident Attorney at the Law Office of Michael Gunzburg today!

The incident data for New York City subways suggests that the most dangerous place within the system is the train platform. Although some incidents may start on the train itself or even on the street, it’s the platform where 90 % of incidents will occur. That said, there are some precautions that you can take to increase your chances of remaining safe within the New York City subway system. It’s always a good idea to never run for your train, pass through moving subway train doors or stand within the yellow caution line at the subway platform. To protect yourself from potential attackers, carry your keys in your hands so you can fend off any would-be attackers. Always be aware of your surroundings, so as not to be caught off-guard. Several people have lost their life because they were pushed into the path of oncoming trains by malicious or mentally-ill people.

There are other times when things can seemingly come out of the blue and you simply couldn’t have prepared for or prevented the accident. Consider a June 2006 case reported by the New York Times where three workers were injured when an eight-car subway train they were traveling on slammed into a protective block in a Canarsie train yard. The subway operator apparently suffered a seizure while trying to park the train after it had been washed down at the yard. Luckily, there weren’t other passengers on the train at the time, but the three subway workers involved suffered injuries. The Metropolitan Transit Authority issued a report in 2007, stating that 238 NYC subway workers had been killed in work accidents since 1946. The majority of cases occurred when the victim was hit by a train while working on the tracks, but still others were electrocuted on the third rail or died from falls or during train collisions. Half of the total number of deaths that they reported occurred in the 1940s and ’50s alone, indicating that subway safety has steadily improved throughout the years.

In August of 1991 a drunk train operator, Robert Ray was going more than 40 mph in a 10 mph area and caused 200 people to be injured and 5 people to die when his No. 4 train derailed near Union Square. It was the worst subway accident in 63 years, disrupting service for 6 days while workers scrambled to clear the wreckage. Robert Ray was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

We can bring justice to the parties responsible for your subway accident. As experienced subway accident and injury lawyers, we know how frustrating it can be to find yourself the victim of a random event. We can help you fight back to claim the maximum money that you are entitled to. We’re New Yorkers ourselves, with families and loved ones. We understand the full impact caused by a tragic event. We know that not only do you and your family suffer, but your quality of life does too. You may not be able to work as much or have injuries that prevent you from working at all. We’ve secured millions of dollars for clients that sustained personal injuries due to no fault of their own. We can’t undo what’s done, but we can help you see a brighter future.

Michael Gunzburg is a New York City Subway Accident Attorney serving the New York metropolitan area including New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange County.

Our attorneys stand ready to help you and your family in every way. When you call our offices, you can speak directly with one of our attorneys for legal advice regarding your situation. And best of all, the initial phone consultation is free! Call us today at 212-725-8500 or visit us online at http://www.gunzburglaw.com.

Have you or someone you know been a victim of a subway accident? If so, contact a New York City Subway Accident Attorney at the Law Office of Michael Gunzburg today!

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