If a Connecticut railroad worker is injured on the job, the Federal Employers Liability Act enables the employee to file a personal injury claim if employer negligence was a causal factor in the incident. A railroad accident recently occurred that landed a conductor of a railroad in another state in the hospital. Rescue workers who were dispatched to the scene came upon a situation that necessitated use of hydraulic rescue tools.
When a Connecticut locomotive and commercial vehicle collide, it often results in fatality or serious injury to workers, passengers or vehicle occupants. Such situations often lead to criminal charges, personal injury litigation or both. A railroad accident that occurred in another state involved congressional members of the Republican party, and an attorney acting on behalf of the man who was deemed liable for the incident is challenging the state's evidence against his client.
Any passenger boarding a Connecticut train can reasonably expect that the engineer has had proper training and clearly understands the train signal system and other safety tools meant to keep riders safe along the tracks. Engineers are not the only ones who benefit from such knowledge. In fact, passengers who do a bit of research ahead of time may be able to use what they learn to help improve their own travel safety.
There are thousands of miles of railroad tracks running through Connecticut and many other states. Most of these tracks carry freight and passenger trains, while some run commuter locomotives that travel back and forth between close-distance areas. When railroad accidents occur, injured workers are entitled to benefits to help cover their medical expenses and other costs associated with their injuries.
Changes in the Connecticut railroad system are supposed to be completed before 2018 ends. Such changes will hopefully help reduce the number of railroad accidents, particularly on passenger trains throughout the state. The Federal Railroad Administration has demanded that the new safety requirements be met by Dec. 31.
Many railroad systems, including some in Connecticut, are constructed in such ways that tracks (and trains) exist and travel in suburban areas. In fact, a commuter system in another state has at least four sets of tracks that carry approximately 150 trains through local neighborhoods on a daily basis. There was recently a tragedy on one set of tracks, and a railroad spokesman says he believes he knows a way to help reduce the potential for similar railroad accidents in the future.
Connecticut railroad workers entrust their safety to their employers, co-workers, advanced technological systems and their own instincts. Sadly, railroad accidents involving track workers are often attributed to negligence. Nearly all of these work accidents are preventable.
Many Connecticut residents live in neighborhoods that are close to railroad tracks. When railroad accidents occur, it often affects people beyond those directly involved. A couple in another state who are in their 70s were at home together when their whole house shook, accompanied by a loud noise. The man said it sounded like something had actually hit their house, which prompted them to outside to see what was going on.
The sister of a worker who was killed in another state when a train hit him says she plans to tell her mother that funding is set to be provided to install signals at the intersection where her brother died. The tragedy occurred in 2017. Sadly, it was not the first death on that particular section of tracks. At least four other railroad accidents in the same area had similar outcomes. Connecticut railroad workers and many residents are also concerned with safety at railroad crossings.
A railroad company in another state is grieving the loss of two of its employees. Connecticut railroad accidents that result in injury or fatality to workers are always tragic as well. On a recent Thursday evening, just shy of 8 p.m., lives were forever changed when a terrible crash occurred.