City Officials Call for Investigation into Recent Subway Deaths
New York City officials are calling for an investigation into the recent subway deaths in an effort to curb the number of incidents. According to a CBS New York news report, six subway deaths have already been reported in 2013. There were 55 deaths on the subway in 2012. The city is on track for 100 subway deaths this year, almost twice as many as last year, according to Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President. Stringer stated that the accidents are increasing in frequency and affecting many New Yorkers. He called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to investigate and come up with possible solutions.
Some of the potential solutions presented by the MTA include platform barriers and safety doors. Stops such as Port Authority and AirTrain in Queens and New Jersey already use these types of doors. Other safety measures include better audio warnings and signage. Officials say now is the time to look into precisely what is causing these incidents and how they can be prevented in the future. MTA had previously ruled out safety barriers because they can be cost-prohibitive.
Several Incidents in January
There have been several incidents on the subway in New York City since the start of this year. On New Year’s Day, a young woman was killed when she stumbled on to the tracks. Also, in January, a man fell on to the tracks as he was between cars defecating. During another weekend in January, three people were killed just within a 24-hour period.
In response to these fatalities, the Transport Workers Union has launched a campaign urging train operators to slow down as they enter stations. The MTA has also called for an aggressive campaign that urges people to stand away from the edge of the platform.
Liability in Subway Accident Cases
There are a number of parties that may be held liable for a subway accident depending on the circumstances of the incident. If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a subway accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. In one case, our firm represented a man who jumped in front of an oncoming subway train and had to have his legs amputated below the knees. We recovered a $3.22 million verdict for our client despite being advised during the trial by a well-respected judge to settle the case for $90,000.
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Source: CBS New York