How to Avoid a Subway Accident
The subway is a fast, cheap and easy way to get around densely-populated areas. It is also one of the safest ways to travel. But, even though the trains are safe, as a subway passenger, there are certain safety rules that one has to observe to prevent an accident.
- Riding up or down the escalators on the way to the subway, it is recommended to hold on to the handrail and not walk up or down the moving steps. In peek hour, you share the escalator with hundreds of people and it easy to get pushed, lose your balance and fall. Keep in mind that should someone fall who is behind you, the person can knock you off balance.
- On the subway platform, passengers are warned to keep behind the safety line. Standing too close to the edge of the platform is extremely dangerous as an accidental push could land you on the tracks.
- Upon entering the train, move to the middle of the car. Standing by the doors might put you in danger of being pushed down or out of the car by passengers getting on or off the train.
- While the train is moving, hold on to the handrails for proper balance. A subway train sways, take turns and might have to brake suddenly, in which case you will be thrown forward or backwards. Keep your belongings near you and out of the way of other passengers.
- When exiting the train, pay attention to the gap between the platform and the train. The heel of a shoe can easily slip between the gap and injure a foot.
- Be alert on the train and avoid traveling on your own after dark. Pickpockets, muggers and other criminals prey on lonely passengers. Try not to look lost, but walk purposefully. If you need help, turn to a subway official rather than a fellow passenger.
With these basic subway safety rules, riders should be able to avoid becoming a subway accident statistic. Of course, if you have been involved in a subway accident, contact an atttorney to protect your rights.