It’s not clear yet what caused the tragic May 12 train derailment near Philadelphia that killed seven and injured dozens of passengers, although the cause may be determined by the time you’re reading this. What’s certain is that the train wasn’t equipped with a potentially life-saving brake technology that’s been available for years. Positive train control (PTC) slows or even stops a railway transport that’s rolling too rapidly or moving into a danger zone. Actually, federal law will require PTC implementation on all of the nation’s trains by the end of this year. In response to a collision that killed 25 near Los Angeles in 2008, Congress ordered the nation’s railroads to adopt PTC by December 2015.
PTC is a system that combines GPS, wireless radio, and computers to monitor trains and stop them from colliding, derailing, or speeding. If a train isn’t obeying the signals, speed limits, or other safety rules, PTC technology will decelerate the train or stop it entirely. While this automatic braking technology has been available since the early 1990s, it remains widely unused, and it’s now increasingly unlikely that the December 2015 deadline will be met. Prior to the Pennsylvania derailment, some members of Congress had proposed extending the deadline through 2020.
If you or someone you love is injured in a derailment or a railway transport collision in California, take your case at once to an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer. If you’re injured by the negligence of a railroad company, an operator, or a manufacturer, you have the right to compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, and additional expenses. Train collisions make complicated personal injury cases, so you’ll need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney. If you’re injured in any accident involving a train in California, seek medical attention at once, and then put your case as soon as possible in the hands of an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.