The New York subway system boasts a number of trains that cater to millions of passengers every year. On New Year's Day, a Manhattan subway sadly had one of its first casualties of 2013. The police said that a young woman was stumbling on the platform and had fallen onto the tracks. While stuck on the tracks, a train hit her.
Mass transit accidents are common in the city. An average of one fatality per week happened last year, based on a report from the Daily News. The recent subway accident happened at the No. 2 line station on Seventh Avenue and 34th Street. The scene of the accident is near Times Square, where many people celebrated the New Year.
The police continue to investigate the New Year's Day accident at the Manhattan subway. The identity of the woman is still unknown.
There are a lot of possible incidents that may happen at the subway. Some people may slip and fall on the stairs, which can cause serious injuries and even fatalities. Slippery walkways, especially near the tracks, can cause a fatal accident to commuters. A gap between the platform and the train could also lead to falls for people riding the transit system.
When an accident happens, victims or their immediate family members can sue the train operator and the employer to seek compensation. This is necessary to start an investigation aiming to unveil whether the operator exerted any efforts to stop the train. The MTA may also be liable if negligence was found on their behalf. Filing a claim will enable the victims and their family to receive compensation for their losses.
Source: Timesunion.com, "Woman dies after fall onto tracks," Jan. 1, 2013