A fatal subway accident in New York City claimed the life of a commuter earlier this month. The victim was struck by the 7 Train during rush hour on December 3rd. The unnamed victim was killed in Grand Central Station and all service along that line was halted until the body was able to be retrieved from the tracks.
Fatal accidents involving indigent individuals living or traveling in areas closed to the public as well as accidents involving commuters are fairly rare. However, safety advocates have for years have been urging the City and MTA for more stringent protocols at stations all around the city. Citing safety precautions in other similar-size cities around the world, these safety advocates say NYC isn’t doing enough to protect its citizens.
Indeed, when you examine the mass transit operations in places like London, England or Paris, France you find safety installations such as barriers and other devices that prevent commuters from getting too close to the tracks when trains are inbound at the station. However, NYC does not intend to install such potentially life-saving measures. When asked why the city doesn’t investigate safety barriers at subways station years ago, an MTA official simply stated that installing such measures would break the MTA’s budget.
The answer might seem to suggest that at the present time it is cheaper for MTA to pay out an award or settlement when found liable for an injury or death suffered by commuters using its services than to install these potentially life-saving measures.
Demonstrating liability in such terrible subway accidents in New Yok City is always difficult and hinges on finding negligence on the part of the City and MTA. In order to be successful, victims who have been injured or family members of those who have died need the expert help of a New York City subway accident lawyer.