Although New York can boast about its massive transportation system with many options that allow its inhabitants to get around with ease, the commute in the Big Apple is still frustrating.
And the commute is not only regarded as a waste of time for some people, but it can also be potentially hazardous. From slip-and-fall injuries on train platforms to road rage car crashes, there are many possible risks waiting as New Yorkers make their way to and from work.
One way to stay safe on your work commute is to be aware of the most common dangers associated with your choice of transportation. Here are some prevalent commuting dangers New Yorkers face when they leave their homes:
- Car Accidents: If we drive our own vehicles to the job, we find ourselves in the “rush hours” where our risk of injury increases simply due to the sheer amount of people on the road. You can also get hurt if you take a taxi or rideshare. During rush hours, you’re more likely to be rear-ended, or collide at an intersection. There is also an increased risk of road rage when people are in a hurry.
- Pedestrian Accidents: Some people walk to work, which puts them at risk of pedestrian accidents – a big problem in congested cities such as New York. Pedestrians are vulnerable to being hit by a car, or even a bike messenger. If you’re braving the commute to work by walking, keep an eye on your surroundings and double-check for cars when crossing the street.
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents: Slip-and-fall accidents are common on train platforms, whether due to water or snow on the walking surface, lack of barriers onto the train tracks, or bad lighting. A slip-and-fall can result in very serious trauma, such as a brain injury.
- Bike Accidents: Bike to work in New York? Only if you dare! In the city where many vehicles change lanes with no warning, run traffic lights, and “door” cyclists on the daily, biking is not for the faint of heart. Make sure you are comfortable on your bike and familiar with traffic laws, and if you see a driver making risky moves, avoid them at all costs.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a commuting accident in NYC, give The Case Handler a call at 212-203-4795. After sustaining any injury, it’s important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to determine whether you have a claim.