Connecticut readers may recall an Amtrak collision that involved multiple members of the United States Congress in 2018. This week's headlines tell of another collision that occurred on the same line of tracks. In fact, for the first time in the Buckingham Branch company's 30-year history (a railroad owned by CSX), a single train was involved in two separate crashes on the same day.
Trains are a common mode of transportation in Connecticut. Many people use them to commute to and from work. Railroad companies are obligated to provide proper training and equipment to keep workers and passengers safe. When railroad accidents occur and passengers are hurt, investigators must determine whether negligence was a causal factor in a particular incident.
Many Connecticut railroad workers and their families have been devastated in the aftermath of serious train collisions. Railroad accidents often make national news headlines because they are so disastrous, often resulting in fatalities. Many of those who survive endure long, arduous recoveries.
If a Connecticut train is moving along the tracks and a negligent driver is nearby, it could possibly lead to disaster. Railroad accidents often occur when cars try to beat a train at a crossroads. In such situations, if employees of the railroad were to be injured, they would typically file claims to collect benefits under the Federal Employers Liability Act. This is the system that provides injury benefits to workers and also allows workers to sue their employers if they believe they are liable for their injuries.
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.