The deadly commuter train accident in Hoboken, New Jersey has raised questions
concerning the safety of our rail systems. One person was killed, and
another 108 people suffered serious personal injuries when the locomotive
crashed into the train station.
According to intitial reports, at least one recovered black box recorder
was not functioning on the day of the incident. Investigators are hopeful
that others may have been in order to shed more light on just what caused
the accident to occur. In the months preceding the accident, federal rail
officials had discovered numerous violations with the transit system,
noted an anonymous source.
This incident is just the latest in several recent deadly commuter train
accidents, including one on the 2001 California Zephyr route, which was
reportedly the result of "the failure of the rail beneath the train,
due to undetected internal defects" as well as the 2008 a California
Metrolink train crash which resulted in 25 fatalities and more than 100
In addition to concerns about human error, several issues have been raised
concerning the aging railroad infrastructure, and what can be done to
improve safety on our commuter railways.
For more information, or if you have been injured in any type of transportation
accident, please contact the experienced
San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.