Navigating New York’s Public Transport: Safety Tips for Tourists

Navigating New York’s Public Transport: Safety Tips for Tourists

New York is renowned for its expansive and accessible public transportation system. As a tourist, the subway and bus network can seem impossible to navigate. However, there are precautions you can take to reduce your risk of injury and reach your destination safely.

By being proactive and alert, you can potentially avoid the costs of sustaining a serious injury, such as medical expenses, loss of income, or pain and suffering. If your injury was the result of another party’s negligence or intentional harm, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover these costs.

The personal injury lawyers of Cellino Law are committed to maximizing your compensation for your damages through dedicated service. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our team by calling us at (888) 888-8888 or contacting us via our online form today.

Navigating New York's Public Transport: Safety Tips for Tourists

Be Aware of Your Surroundings and Limit Distractions on Public Transport

When you are in an unfamiliar place, it is easy to become distracted by the sights and sounds of a new city, trying to navigate using the map of a busy public transportation system, checking the time, coordinating a reservation, or keeping up with your group as you travel. 

As a pedestrian, you are more vulnerable, and being distracted makes you an easier target for pickpockets and other people with malicious intentions. If you aren’t paying close attention to where you are stepping, you are also at a greater risk of a slip and fall accident. Instead, keep a close eye on your environment.

Practically speaking, that means leaving your headphones out, waiting to make a call or send a text, and keeping your head on a swivel. Taking a proactive approach can also help alleviate some risks. For example, plan your route ahead of time so that you have a friend to ride with instead of taking the bus.

Don’t Ride the Subway Late at Night, Especially Alone

It can be risky to ride the subway at night, even for locals. If you know that you will be leaving the office, a friend’s house, a show, or an event after 10 p.m., you should consider taking an alternate form of transportation, such as a cab, an Uber, or getting a friend to drive you home.

If you don’t have other options, make sure to let someone else know that you are taking the subway or bus and what time you should arrive home. Try to sit at the front of the bus or in the conductor’s car, especially if you have to travel alone. Keep self-defense tools like pepper spray handy.

Whenever possible, you should stay in well-lit, well-populated areas. Don’t get into an empty car; there’s probably a good reason that no one else is riding in it. Plus, if something goes wrong, whether that be a medical emergency, a robbery, or an assault– there are fewer witnesses and no one to intervene.

Conceal Your Valuables and Keep Track of Your Belongings

If you are traveling with expensive items on public transportation, place them out of sight whenever possible. This means zipping up your purse or backpack, hiding your chain or necklace under your shirt, turning the stone on your ring inwards towards your palm, and keeping your phone out of sight.

If you have gone shopping, avoid carrying bags with the names of expensive stores onto public transportation or removing items from your bags. The point is not to advertise anything of value that you may be carrying with you, lest you risk inviting unwanted attention. 

It is often best to keep your purse, backpack, or bags firmly in your grasp rather than setting them down, where they could easily be snatched. When it is your turn to get off, have your items in hand to avoid delays. This avoids inconveniencing other riders and reduces the time someone has to grab your valuables while you are distracted.

Adopt a Firm Attitude and Beware of Potential Scams

Unfortunately, tourists are often the target of scam artists. Panhandlers often congregate near transport hubs and try to catch tourists off guard or swindle them out of their money. Others will fake an injury, try to convince you to bet on a game or bump into you in a crowd to grab your phone or wallet.

As a tourist, it is generally to your benefit to blend in and appear confident. Walk quickly and appear as though you have a destination in mind. Ignore panhandlers, and don’t hesitate to use an assertive tone to tell people to back up. This can potentially help ward off confrontations from pushy scam artists to violent individuals.

Obviously, this is a balancing act. In some cases, it is in your best interest to avoid or de-escalate a situation as your first line of defense to avoid exacerbating the situation any further. You can also involve nearby law enforcement, who are stationed throughout the city, including subway stations.

Choose Cellino Law Group to Represent You in a Personal Injury Claim

With over six decades of experience, the personal injury attorneys of Cellino Law are the team that you want to represent your claim to secure a fair settlement. We have deliberately cultivated a reputation for outstanding client satisfaction by being supportive, honest, and effective.

Our team of skilled personal injury attorneys has secured incredible results for our injured clients, which has allowed them to rebuild their lives after being seriously injured, and we are prepared to do the same for you.

Contact Cellino Law About Your New York Personal Injury Lawsuit Today

Taking public transportation as a tourist in New York can be a convenient, affordable, and fun way to explore the city. If you use common sense precautions, you can substantially reduce your risk of being accidentally injured, assaulted, or robbed while taking the bus or subway.

However, you can’t completely eliminate the risk. At Cellino Law, we can offer you the benefit of more than 65 years of experience in personal injury law, a vast network of resources, and access to a team of trustworthy, organized negotiators who will vocally advocate for you and your personal injury lawsuit.

You can reach out to our team to schedule a free consultation by calling us at (888) 888-8888 or contacting us via our online form today. We can provide you with the legal support you need to maximize your compensation in a New York personal injury lawsuit.

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Content checked by the personal injury attorney Ross Cellino. As a family man and a trial attorney, I pride myself on winning cases and serving the community. With over 35 years of experience, I understand the function of a jury, how juries arrive at conclusions, and the role that the jury plays in administering justice. I know how to win cases. You can find us in Manhattan, Buffalo, Melville, Rochester, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and other locations throughout New York.

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