The New York City Transit Authority operates the seventh-largest subway system in the world with a ridership of over 1.75 billion a year and 5.6 million riders a week. Their job is to make sure that all those riders are safely delivered to their destination. Since 2009, Mitchel Ashley has fought for the rights of subway riders as the leading NYC Subway Accident Injury Attorney.
Injuries Caused by Subway Accidents
Faulty equipment; inadequate lighting; broken platforms or stairs; defective escalators are all potential causes for serious injury for which the Transit Authority would be responsible. Statistics show that last year there were over 50 subway-related deaths and this number continues to rise each year.
Injuries resulting from unsafe conditions, including slip and fall hazards aboard trains or in stations, account for thousands of cases each year. Those injured in subway accidents – especially those injured through no fault of their own – have specific rights, and may be entitled to financial compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages resulting from the accident injuries. Injuries from subway accidents may be minor, or they may require long-term medical care, including surgery and physical rehabilitation. In some cases, those injured may be unable to work, and may face long and expensive recovery processes.
Lack of Safety Measures
Regulations relative to speed limits coming into the station have been suggested but to-date have not been implemented. Improved maintenance of trains and facilities can also reduce the injury risk, yet the Transit Authority has been lax in implementing these safety improvements. The media and the public need to be made aware of the dangerous conditions of our current subway system so that improvements can be made to enhance rider safety.
An Experienced NYC Subway Accident Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured riding the subway, or while moving in and out of the subway stations, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who knows transportation law and can make sure that the New York Transit Authority is held fully responsible for their riders’ injuries. Attorney Mitchel Ashley of The Ashley Law Firm in NYC has had over 40 years of experience filing these claims for his clients and getting the compensation they deserve.