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A fatal Amtrak collision occurred recently near Tacoma, Washington and the New York Times indicates that the train crash is currently under investigation.  The goal of the investigation will be to determine the direct cause of the collision and to assess what new policies or protocols, if any, need to be put in place going forward to better protect Amtrak riders. When accidents happen on Amtrak trains or on any other type of public transportation, there are added complexities associated with victims taking legal action to try to recover compensation. The rules differ for pursuing claims against government entities, and victims who need help taking action should contact a New York City catastrophic injury attorney for help as soon as possible following an accident.

Amtrak Crash Under Investigation

Read more: Amtrak Crash Investigation Focuses on Speed, Driver Distraction

SOUTHBOUND 6 TRAIN ACCIDENT LEAVES PEDESTRIAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (March 12, 2017) - A woman was critically injured after falling onto train tracks, according to DNA Info. Police have not been able to identify the woman that was hit by the train. Authorities are saying that the accident took place near the 51st Street station near Lexington Avenue. Paramedics rushed to the scene of the crash in order to treat the woman. It remains unclear how the accident occurred. Authorities are interviewing witnesses in order to try to figure out what happened. Our staff at the RMFW Law Firm were deeply saddened to learn about this tragic accident involving the Southbound 6 train.

SOUTHBOUND 6 TRAIN ACCIDENT LEAVES PEDESTRIAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (March 12, 2017) -  Police are trying to determine the identity of a woman that was hit by the Southbound 6 train around 1:26 PM. The FDNY is investigating the accident. Train accidents happen for a number of different reasons. Sometimes pedestrians simply do not see the train or miscalculate the train's speed. However, there are certain circumstances where there may be liability on the part of the MTA for the accident. For example, if there was a large crack in the ground near train tracks and someone tripped on it, then the MTA be liable under that circumstance. The RMFW Law Firm extends its deepest sympathies to the woman that was injured in this crash.

SOUTHBOUND 6 TRAIN ACCIDENT LEAVES PEDESTRIAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (March 12, 2017) -  A woman is still in the hospital after being hit by a southbound 6 train according to the NBC News. Police have not yet been able to determine what caused the accident. It remains unclear if the fall was accidental or deliberate. Paramedics rushed to the scene of the collision in order to treat the woman that was injured. She was taken to the Bellevue Hospital. The MTA train schedule was briefly disrupted following the incident, but trains are running again as before. Police have still not determined the name of the woman that was involved.

According to statistics, in 2015, there were 11,762 rail accidents and incidents in the United States. These accidents caused 9,013 injuries and 752 fatalities. According to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration, 96% of all injuries and deaths related to rail accidents and incidents occur at railroad crossings or caused by trespassing. Almost all of these deaths are preventable. Additionally, the FRA reveals that railroad crossing incidents are the second leading cause of fatalities that are rail-related in the US.

Common Questions about Train Accidents

Here is a look at some of the most common questions about train accidents and claims:

Q1: What should I do if I am injured while on a train?

Read more: FAQs about Train Accidents in New York

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