Preventing a train accident from occurring is beyond most passengers’ control. That being said, each and every passenger can take personal safety measures to help keep themselves injury-free when riding on the railway. To prevent an unnecessary accident — like a slip and fall — from occurring, following these easy safety tips:
Enter and Exit the Train Cautiously & Consciously
You may be tempted to look down at a phone, at another passenger, or at something else distracting when getting on and off of a railway, especially if you’re a seasoned rider. But not matter how frequently you ride, you should always exercise the utmost caution when entering and exiting the train. Put your cell away, and pay attention to where your feet are placed – a single misstep on a rail can be disastrous.
Staying alert isn’t important only when getting on and off the train – you should also pay attention to your surroundings when waiting on the platform and while riding. From preventable slip and fall accidents to persons who might be tempted to grab your wallet, there are multiple hazards associated with train riding.
Wait a Safe Distance from the Tracks
Rail tracks are extremely dangerous, and as SEPTA warns, “Tracks are not for people.” Never walk the tracks, which could be fatal, and never wait for the train in an area that is close enough to slip, fall or be bumped into the tracks. Always keep at least five feet between yourself and the tracks, and hold children’s hands while waiting. Also, put your music or phone away when waiting for a train – both may prevent you from being able to see or hear and oncoming train, which could cost you your life.
Finally, in regard to tracks, make sure you never cross the tracks, even if you don’t see a train coming. Always use designated crossing ways (underpasses and overpasses) to get to where you need to go.
Not all train accidents are avoidable, even when you’re exercising safe behavior. If you’re involved in a train accident that isn’t your fault, you don’t have to pay for your injuries out of pocket. Instead, you have the right to file a claim for damages against the liable party.
To learn more, read our blog about injury claims after a SEPTA accident. And for legal representation that you can count on, make sure to contact the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC. Call us at 215-642-2335 or contact us online.