Many people ride New York’s MTA each day, and this form of public transit provides a viable alternative to driving in the Big Apple. People from all walks of life enjoy this mode of transport, including low-income individuals, disabled individuals, and even office workers who would rather not pay for parking in Manhattan. However, the MTA can pose serious risks to innocent people despite its convenience and affordability. This was made clear after two important stories that drew attention to safety concerns in the MTA.
MTA Sued Due to Safety Concerns Surrounding Gaps
On October 31, 2022, it was reported that three disabled individuals had sued the MTA for allowing unsafe gaps on the subway. The plaintiffs argue that these gaps represent a significant danger to disabled individuals and that the MTA has nothing to address this issue despite being aware of it for years. The lawsuit also points out that these gaps represent a significant danger for those with visual impairments.
The danger is that these individuals slip and fall, potentially suffering fractures, traumatic head injuries, and other injuries. Those in wheelchairs run the risk of falling, and many are forced to avoid the MTA for this specific reason. The lawsuit points out that many other transit organizations have what is known as “universal-level boarding,” which reduces gaps and makes train floors completely flush with the station floors. Other potential solutions include retractable ramps and bridge plates.
Opera Stagehand Killed in Tragic Accident
On October 27, it was reported that an opera stagehand and electrician had been killed in a tragic subway train accident. Apparently, the individual became caught in the doors of a subway train before falling onto the tracks. He was then struck and killed by the departing train. Some might dismiss this as a freak accident – and the president of NYC transit has made comments alluding to this in an official statement of mourning. The president also made sure to point out that there was no criminal activity involved. However, an investigation is now underway – and this could uncover evidence of negligence or misconduct. In many cases, so-called “freak accidents” are actually caused by mechanical errors or the lack of proper safety protocols. For example, the subway train’s doors might not have been maintained properly.
Where Can I Find a Personal Injury Attorney in New York?
If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in New York, look no further than The Glassman Law Group. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs, and we know how serious MTA injuries can be. Whether you have been injured on the MTA due to a fall, a mechanical failure, or an assault, you deserve the right to explore your legal options. With the right legal representation, you can hold the MTA accountable and receive a considerable settlement for your medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and any other damages you might have incurred. Book your consultation today to get started.