New York City residents rely on the subway system for transportation, but it is not always reliable. Not only can there be late departures or power outages, but there is also a risk of sustaining injuries. NYC subway injuries can occur due to a wide variety of reasons, including poorly-maintained platforms, runaway trains and acts of violence.
The dangers of the subway system were present on the day that two people died and one got hospitalized in separate incidents all within 14 hours. According to the New York Daily News, the first incident occurred when a man was found dead on a downtown A train. Police believe this was due to natural causes.
Later that day, a man fell onto the train tracks as the train was entering the station. The conductor started braking but did not have enough stopping distance, causing the subway car to roll over the man on the tracks. Surprisingly, the man did not come into contact with the train. First responders were able to pull him out from under the car and transport him to a local hospital. He did not have life-threatening injuries and authorities reported him as being alert and conscious.
Another occurrence involved a man who was responding to a smoke condition in the subway tunnel. First responders found his dead body after he suffered electrocution.
These deaths and injuries are happening just after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced its plans to cut thousands of jobs to save millions of dollars.
People who get hurt while using the subway system deserve justice. Talking with a personal injury attorney after a subway injury can help victims understand their legal options.