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 personal injuries.
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.