A Metro Transit Authority (MTA) passenger train derailed in the Bronx on Sunday, killing 4 and injuring more than 60. The train accident occurred on a sharp curve where the Harlem and Hudson Rivers meet. Unfortunately, the MTA already knew the stretch of rails is dangerous, as a freight train derailed in the same location in July.
“That is a dangerous area on the track just by design,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
To safely navigate the turn, the train must slow from approximately 70 mph to 30 mph, but officials insist this section of the railway has had a good safety record over a long duration of existence.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the NYC fatal train derailment. Hopefully, the investigation will give convincing answers as two why such a horrible accident could occur.
The train crash could have been caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Train conductor negligence
- Dangerous/defective railroad tracks
- Overloaded train cars
- An excessive number of train cars
Injured train passengers have an opportunity to collect money damages for the resulting harm, but New York City law requires claimants to follow strict rules or they forfeit their rights. If train derailment victims don’t file a notice of claim within 90 days, then they waive their right to bring a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the MTA and New York City.
To ensure that your claim is properly investigated and filed in accordance to law, contact an experienced NYC municipal accidents attorney.
Source: CNN.com, “New York Passenger Train Derails, Killing 4 And Hindering Monday Commutes,” Eden Pontz, Dec. 2, 2013