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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 […]

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 […]

One Person Hurt After LIRR Train Collides with Car

A Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train was recently involved in an accident in Patchogue when it struck a car. It was the second LIRR accident in the span of just two days, and has brought even more attention to the recent calls for new amendments to federal legislation that would greatly improve the safety […]

Appeals Court Reverses Ruling in Favor of Injured Passenger in Train Accident

A Court of Appeals recently reversed a decision made by the Appellate Division, First Department to apply res ipsa loquitur in a case involving a Metro-North Railroad train’s swinging ceiling door that reportedly injured a passenger. The passenger, who was at one time an administrator at the Montefiore Medical Center located in Yonkers, claims to […]

Lawmakers Propose Use of New Technology to Prevent Further Metro North Accidents

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney from the 18th district of New York is pushing for the use of new technology in the state’s mass transit system to prevent further accidents like the deadly Metro North crash that took place in early February. He and Rep. Nita Lowey of the 17th district have been working on a […]

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