Each year, over a billion passengers ride the subway to get to work, visit friends and family, or explore the city. With so many people taking the subway, it can be difficult for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to maintain each station to prevent injuries. Travelers may be exposed to an increased risk of accidents and injuries, including slip and falls.
Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
Unfortunately, individuals using the New York subway may slip and fall due to the conditions of a poorly maintained station. Because many stops are underground, people need proper lighting so that they can see where they’re walking. Dim bulbs or broken lights make it difficult to avoid obstacles and uneven floors, which can cause someone to fall. If a station doesn’t have stairway railings, that makes it more likely that a passenger will fall down the stairs and hurt themselves.
Who Is at Fault for Slip and Fall Injuries in the Subway?
Slip and falls can cause injuries anywhere, but in a subway station, there is the added risk of falling onto the tracks. Even if someone isn’t hit by a train, they may be electrocuted by the third rail, which has 625 volts of electricity running through it at all times. Along with the risk of falling down a stairway with damaged handrails, there are several factors in a subway station that could lead to severe injuries or death. In general, the MTA is responsible for making sure that its stations are safe for passengers to use. They must make repairs to damaged stairwells and lighting, as well as clearing snow and ice at the entrance to a station. They must also post signs of hazardous conditions, including wet floors and construction.
If you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury in a subway station, you’ll need a strong case to take on an organization as large as the MTA. At Leav & Steinberg LLP, our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience helping clients who have been injured in transportation accidents. Our team can help you receive the compensation you need to cover your medical costs and lost wages. To request a free consultation, call 212-766-5222.