New York Train Platform Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident involving a fall from a train station platform, you may be entitled to compensation. Alarmingly, it is not uncommon for people in New York to fall from train platforms, and when these accidents occur, the consequences can be dire. People falling from the platform can be seriously injured or even killed. Sadly, in many instances, an individual falling off a train platform could have been prevented if another party not been negligent. If you or someone you love has fallen from the train platform, you should not have to deal with the injuries, pain, and suffering on your own. To get help, call the train accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP today at (212) 779-0057 for a free consultation.
Falling off of a train platform is extremely dangerous, and the accident can leave the victim and their family reeling as they try to deal with injuries, the stress of accumulating medical bills, lost time at work, and lost time with family and loved ones. A fall off a train platform can lead to very serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, spine and neck trauma, severe bruising, and torn ligaments, among other things. In some cases, the victim may even have to cope with amputation and its complications. Trying to heal from injuries suffered as the result of a fall off a train platform can be a long and stressful process. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are here to help you get your life back on track.
The New York train platform accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP have over 100 years of combined personal injury experience, and over those years we have collected over a quarter of a billion dollars for our clients. With a team of highly qualified and dedicated attorneys on your side, you can rest easy knowing that we won’t stop fighting until you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP today by calling (212) 779-0057, starting an online chat on our website, or filling out a contact form.
Falling from the Train Platform
Much of the population in New York commutes or travels by train, including rail and subways. With over one billion people riding the subway in New York annually, accidents can be quite common. One such accident is when an individual falls off the train or subway platform, injuring themselves on the tracks below and putting them in grave danger if there are oncoming trains.
In 2016, there were 168 incidences of people falling off train platforms and coming into contact with trains, with 48 people being struck and killed. While this seems like a staggeringly high number, it was actually a five-year low for fatal subway encounters. In 2017, there were 181 incidences of people coming into contact with trains after falling off platforms, and 44 of those people were killed. Although train operators have a duty to keep passengers safe while riding and while waiting on platforms, they fail in this duty all too often.
The New York Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) has listed safety tips to avoid falling off of train platforms:
- Keep away from the edge of the platform.
- Hold tightly to children’s hands, and make sure they stay next to you while on the platform.
- Never lean over the platform edge to check if a train is coming. You can lose your balance and fall from the platform, and trains come from both directions so you could be looking away from an approaching hazard.
- Wait for the train to stop completely before stepping forward.
- Never go on the train tracks; if you drop something, tell a police officer or train station personnel.
- Always walk on the platforms, never run.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
While these tips can help keep you safe, train operators also have a duty to ensure your safety as you wait on the platform for your train. If a train operator fails in their duty to keep you safe, they may have acted negligently and may be liable for any harm you suffered as a result of their failure to exercise reasonable care.
One way the subway and railway administration can be negligent is by knowing there are safety issues and still ignoring them. For instance, if the Metropolitan Transport Authority has taken safety precautions to prevent people from falling off train platforms at some stations and not others, the question is raised as to why they did not correct safety issues at all stations. Depending on the specific facts and circumstances of any given case, this failure to standardize safety measures may amount to negligence. A legal action for negligence can be complex and is best left to experienced attorneys like those at Hach & Rose, LLP.
When an accident happens on railway property or in the subway, there may be multiple parties that can be held accountable, including the city, the state, and private companies that operate the trains or have other duties as a contractor. Determining liability in a train accident case can be incredibly complicated and should not be something you have to worry about while you are trying to heal from your injuries. That’s why the highly qualified attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are here to help; we will handle the legal complexities of your case so that you can focus on your recovery.
If you or a loved one fell off a train or subway platform and were injured or killed, Hach & Rose, LLP will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. We understand that dealing with the aftermath of such a tragic accident can be incredibly difficult for you and your family. Dealing with the medical bills, rehabilitation, time off of work, and pain and suffering can be overwhelming and stressful. That is why the experienced and aggressive train accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP are here to fight for your rights.
While we understand that money cannot undo the harm suffered as a result of falling off a train platform, compensation can help alleviate the stresses associated with the consequences of such an accident. Over the years, we have collected hundreds of millions of dollars for victims and their families. You can trust that we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call Hach & Rose, LLP today at (212) 779-0057 to set up a free consultation.