In December of 2013, a commuter train in New York City derailed causing four fatalities. The engineer of the train fell asleep and missed a change in the speed limit. The speed limit was reduced to 30 mph and the train was going 82 mph when it hit a curve causing the train to derail. The National Transportation Board says that the engineer suffers from a sleeping disorder and was also affected by a drastic shift change.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 1,210 train accidents in 2013 with 872 of those accidents being derailments. Train accidents, like vehicular accidents, have a variety of causes such as mechanical issues, structural issues with the track, and signal or communication errors. The most common cause of train accidents is human error. Engineers have caused accidents due to the fact that they have operated the train while distracted, fallen asleep, and have not been properly trained.
Our personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC have over a century of combined experience. Our attorneys work diligently to hold the at-fault person accountable for their actions and to recover the maximum compensation for our clients. We have recovered over $350 million for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a train accident, contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation consultation.
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