Nationwide in 2015, there were 5 million violent victimizations of people aged 12 years and older. This category includes people who were raped, assaulted, or robbed. These crimes can have devastating impacts on the lives of the victims, ranging from financial troubles related to injuries or loss of work, to mental health concerns that arise from the trauma. The threat of being hurt by a stranger remains on the mind of many people throughout the state of Florida, particularly in the city of Miami. Statistics show that in the year 2016, there were over 6,000 violent crimes and over 35,000 nonviolent crimes just in Miami.
One of the many concerns residents in South Florida have about Metrorail is their safety and security while commuting. We take a look at why that concern is a valid one.
Many inhabitants also have growing concerns over the state of the local Metrorail system, which continues to fail to meet the recommendations put forth to ensure efficiency and safety. This places patrons at risk for even more injuries. Here is what people in the area should understand.
What is wrong with Metrorail?
The Miami metro rail system continues to face a number of different challenges that make it difficult to perform efficiently and safely. Officials cite concerns that, despite recommendations that there be 84 working cars to ensure that the system runs smoothly, generally only 72 can be used. Many of the cars also face mechanical problems due to their age, as the cars have been in operation since the Metrorail first opened back in the 1980s. Metrorail says that plans are in the works to replace the cars throughout 2018, but concern remains that this will only be a bandaid solution for the problems associated with the system.
During 2017 there have been various concerns with the cars, including two derailments that fortunately occurred when no passengers were onboard. The possibility of these types of incidents occurring with a train full of passengers does not escape the notice of many regular riders.
When the cars do not function at the recommended capacity and regularly run despite the threat of breakdowns, passengers often find themselves at risk for various safety hazards. In addition to the obvious risks that come with the potential injury from a malfunctioning train car, disabled trains and overcrowded trains can also place passengers at risk. With overcrowded cars, it can be difficult for security officials to effectively monitor passengers. When trains become disabled, passengers may also find themselves stranded, placing them at risk.
What should passengers do about the Metrorail system?
Considerable discussions are being held by city and Metrorail officials to determine the best course of action for correcting the problems with Metrorail. As already discussed, there are plans for purchasing new cars to replace those that have been running for over 30 years, but this will likely not be enough. Passengers should also speak with officials about the need for safety and security measures while riding the system. With the crime statistics in the city, people must take care to guard themselves and their possessions, and security must similarly do their part.
Passengers must also consider their safety when moving to and from the Metrorail system. With 40,000 crimes reported in the city, passengers must be sure to be alert at every stop in their journey.
What should I do if I am the victim of a crime?
When you have been injured as a result of the actions of another private company or citizen, a personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a legal case and the best course of action for you to take. It is important to gather all the information relevant to such a case as early as possible, including any witness accounts, doctor's notes, and results from examinations, so reaching out to a lawyer early on in the process can help guide you through the steps and provide the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.
It is important when selecting an attorney that you choose one who has extensive experience in personal injury law. There are many intricacies that must be taken into consideration when building a case to ensure that the person responsible for your injuries is held accountable. At Stabinski & Funt, we have the insight you need to ensure that your case will receive the attention it needs.If you have any questions about this topic or believe that someone else’s negligence or recklessness is responsible for your injuries, the attorneys at Stabinski Law can help. For 45 years, we have been the trusted advocates for countless personal injury victims and their families throughout South Florida. We offer risk-free consultations and work on a contingency basis, which means that we do not require you to pay any fees until we have secured a recovery on your behalf. Contact us today by calling 305-964-8644 or filling out a free case evaluation form to find out how we can help you.