New Yorkers were left shaking their heads earlier this month when a Brooklyn teenager was hit by a subway train after she jumped onto the tracks to retrieve her cell phone. Remarkably the 17-year-old only suffered minor injuries and was even seen using the phone as she was being carried out of the station on a stretcher. Though the girl may have escaped with her life, this incident should serve as an example of how not to conduct yourself on a subway platform. Accidents on the tracks can lead to serious injuries and even death.
This week alone, two subway accidents occurred within an hour of each other at separate stations on 14th Street in Manhattan. First, a man somehow made his way onto the tracks at the 8th Avenue stop and got his leg caught between an E train and the platform when he tried to climb back up. One block away, a woman had both of her legs severed when she was struck by an oncoming 3 train. It is believed that she was standing too close to the edge of the platform when she passed out and fell onto the tracks.
Three men at the City Hall Station in Lower Manhattan jumped into action recently to save another individual who fell on the tracks. Witnesses say the man was unconscious and bleeding when the men went down to pull the man up before an R train arrived at the station two minutes later. Though the trio saved the man from being run over, the MTA does not want anyone going onto the tracks for any reason. Commuters are instructed to stand far from the edge of the platform for fear of falling onto the tracks. A simple slip, trip or fall could cost you your life.
Riders should be proactive when it comes to subway safety to avoid a serious accident. Even the most careful person could still be injured though if another party’s negligence is involved in causing the accident. If you or someone you know has been injured in a subway accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C., to be your voice against those responsible for your pain and suffering.