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Fatal Train Accident Prompts Concerns about Safety System Delays

A deadly crash where a car was struck by two Long Island Railroad trains has created new urgency for installation of the Positive Track Control (PTC) safety system on LIRR and Metro-North trains. The accident occurred near the School Street crossing in Westbury when a car apparently ignored the flashing lights and drove around the […]

U.S. Buses and Trains Lack Safety Features that Are Standard Elsewhere

News stories about serious bus and train accidents often focus on the direct cause of the crash, whether it is a negligent driver, mechanical failure or something else. What sometimes goes unsaid is that several reasonably simple measures recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board and used successfully in other countries could cut down on […]

Delays in Adopting Safety Mandates Make NYC Susceptible to a Train Disaster

A disturbing but not surprising report in the New York Post states that commuter railroads serving the greater New York City area are unlikely to meet the December 31, 2018 deadline for installing positive train control (PTC), an anti-crash technology. This technology could have prevented the deadly Amtrak derailment on December 18, 2017 in Washington […]

Did Transit Engineers’ Sleep Apnea Cause Two Derailments?

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into two train derailments in the New York metro area revealed that both engineers were suffering from obstructive sleep apnea at the time of their crashes. In September 2016, a NJ Transit train derailed in Hoboken, causing an avalanche of debris that killed a woman standing on […]

How to Save on Costly Appeals Involving the TA

Over the last several years, our firm has gotten numerous successful verdicts against the NYC Transit Authority. The TA appealed every one. That’s what the TA does. Regardless of how dismal its chances of overturning a verdict, the TA appeals. That’s important to know if you’re thinking of bringing a case against the TA. Appeals […]

Difficulties of Dealing with the TA

Our firm was recently contacted and interviewed by a local newspaper doing a story about the NYC Transit Authority. The TA was on the reporter’s mind because following a subway derailment in Harlem, TA management blamed the derailment on track workers for not properly securing equipment to be used in repairs. But the TA was […]

NTSB Preliminary Report Does Not Cite Cause of Hoboken Train Crash

On Thursday, October 13, the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the September 29 crash of a New Jersey Transit train at the Hoboken terminal that killed 34-year-old Fabiola Bittar de Kroon and injured 108 others. The report does not cite a reason for the crash. The NTSB’s report does confirm the […]

Deadly 2015 Amtrak Crash Caused by Human Error?

On May 12, 2015, an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others. The train from Washington to New York had been traveling at 106 mph, along a curve designed for speeds of up to 50 mph and jumped the track shortly after 9 p.m. On Monday, February 1, […]

Fatal Crash Revives Metro North Safety Concerns

On Monday, February 1, 2016, a teenager was struck and killed by a Metro North train passing through the Bronx at about 3:30 p.m. According to News 12 Westchester, the victim was the second Fordham Prep high school student killed by a train in two weeks. The accident, which wreaked havoc on the evening commute, […]

Amtrak Faces Only Limited Liability for the Crash in Philadelphia

Regardless of how negligent Amtrak may have been in causing the train derailment and crash in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens more, its liability for the accident cannot exceed $200 million.  The cap applies to all passenger railroads, and it includes punitive damages, which may come into play if the train […]

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