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Massive Head-On Train Collision Provides Reminder of Risk of Injury in MARTA Accidents

May 23, 2013

When passengers climb aboard passenger buses and trains to commute throughout Atlanta and the surrounding counties, they may experience a range of benefits, such as avoiding traffic, the cost of gas, carbon emission and even car accidents. Although forms of public transportation like the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) are a good option, the consequences can be devastating when a commuter train or bus accident occurs.

A massive commuter train derailment in Connecticut this weekend serves as a reminder of the potential carnage that may result in a commuter train crash. Two commuter trains collided during rush hour causing a massive disaster scene resulting in 72 people suffering injury that required medical attention. Along with the direct toll on the injury victims, it is anticipated that the collision will cost the region millions of dollars.

Although the precise cause of the massive commuter rail collision is not yet known, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently investigating the crash to determine the cause and assign fault. While not all light rail crashes and derailments are the product of negligence by the public entity that operates the transportation rail line, crashes by trains on a collision course usually do not occur without some form of negligence.

Those who were injured in this train crash may be faced with staggering medical bills and prolonged periods of disability from employment. While the rail accident victims may be able to obtain compensation for their injuries by pursuing a negligence claim, public transportation accident injury claims pose unique challenges. A personal injury claim against a public entity typically involves very specific special procedural and time requirements under tort claims act laws. Further, the process of pursuing a personal injury claim in a train or bus accident involves navigating and reviewing federal investigatory reports of government agencies that conduct mass transit accident investigations.

While it is common to assume that train and bus accidents caused by public transportation carriers almost never occur, approximately a thousand people per year die in train accidents alone. Further, there is a train derailment in the U.S. every ninety minutes. These train or bus accidents can be the result of inadequate maintenance, negligent operators, improper hiring or training and a multitude of other forms of negligence by public entities. In addition to these types of MARTA accidents, government agencies may be liable for accidents that occur in MARTA stations where escalators malfunction or inadequate security leads to violent assaults in MARTA stations.

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Category: Personal Injury

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