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Monday, October 31, 2016

33 Injured After Two Long Island Rail Road Trains Collide

What causes train accidents in New York?

Thirty-three people were recently injured when two Long Island Rail Road trains sideswiped each other.  The accident occurred shortly after nine p.m. on Saturday, October 8 on the Main Line.  A single car maintenance train entered the track space of a 12 car commuter train carrying more than 600 people, tipping several cars off the tracks and leaving frightened passengers trapped for nearly an hour as emergency crews struggled to rescue them.  The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating the incident and has not released a cause of the accident at this time.

This Long Island train crash comes just a week after the catastrophic Hoboken Terminal accident in New Jersey.  One person was killed in the Hoboken crash and over 100 injured when the New Jersey Transit train ran into the station wall.  These two accidents, coupled with several other high-profile train crashes last year, have caused some to question the safety of trains. 

Common Causes of Train Accidents

Statistically, train accidents are still uncommon.  Unfortunately, when these accidents happen, people are often seriously injured or even killed.  Train accidents may be the result of human error or mechanical failures, or some combination of these factors. Some of the most common causes of train accidents include:

  • Collisions with cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles trying to cross the tracks;
  • Derailing;
  • Train conductor negligence;
  • Faulty train crossing signs;
  • Improper maintenance of train tracks;
  • Collisions with other trains;
  • Faulty equipment;
  • Collapsed bridges;
  • Lack of proper safety equipment.

In the event of a train accident, multiple parties could potentially be held liable for the medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses suffered by train accident victims.  Responsible parties could include the company who owns the train, which is often a municipality, the employees of the train, or manufacturers of train equipment that caused the crash. 

Train accident victims should contact New York City personal injury and municipal liability attorney Arthur O. Tisi.  Attorney Arthur Tisi offers experienced and dedicated representation for the victims of train and other negligence related accidents.  Call (917) 789-1390 today to schedule your free consultation.  

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