If you don’t ride the trains or work with them, you may not realize how many people are riding trains in the United States. Train usage is on the rise. Unfortunately, so are derailments. Back in 2008, a catastrophic California train accident led Congress to require positive train control (PTC), a technology intended to prevent collisions or derailments caused by excessive speed. The safety issue came into play again this year when an Amtrak train derailment killed eight people and injured hundreds outside of Philadelphia. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board said the new technology could have prevented the accident. If you are injured in a train accident or derailment in southern California, discuss your rights and legal options immediately with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.
Congress initially gave railroad companies seven years to complete the installation of the PTC safety system. But the industry is behind schedule and may not have the technology available nationally by the December 31 deadline. The U.S. rail industry has already sunk a whopping $6 billion into the PTC system. What are the reasons for the delays? There are a limited number of suppliers, the scale of the project is daunting, and some of the required onboard and back-office systems are still under development. CSX, for example, has spent approximately $1.3 billion adopting PTC technology since 2009, but they’re still only about forty percent through the process.
If you’re injured by the negligence of a railroad company, an operator, or a manufacturer, you are entitled to full reimbursement for your medical costs, lost income, and all other injury-related expenses. However, train collision and derailment cases are difficult; multiple parties can be involved, so you’ll need the help of a dedicated and experienced personal injury lawyer. If you’re injured in any accident involving a train anywhere in southern California, seek medical treatment immediately, and then discuss your case as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.