The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks injuries in the U.S. and has found that injuries and violence are the leading causes of death in the nation for individuals ages 1 to 44 when compared to other leading causes of death. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 it is estimated that almost 3 million individuals were hospitalized due to injuries. Almost one million of these personal injuries required time away from work. Continue reading
CBS New York recently reported that there has been an increasingly vocal lobby calling for Subway Platform edges to be made safer in the wake of several deadly accidents. For example, last month two men were involved in an altercation on an elevated train that spilled out onto the platform, causing both men involved to fall onto the tracks. One of the men was struck by a train and killed after the other was able to climb out onto the platform.
A transit committee has suggested that the MTA implement sliding doors at the edges of all outdoor platforms to keep people from falling onto the tracks. Although many commuters are in favor of anything that will prevent deadly accidents, others understand that the costs will be significant and feel as though it is the responsibility of the commuter to stay safe while on the platform awaiting a train. If you or someone you love has been injured in a subway accident the first step you should take is to contact an MTA accident lawyer for a free consultation to help you evaluate your case.