Commuter Train Jumps Tracks, No Injuries Sustained By Passengers
A Miami personal injury attorney can provide you with representation if you or someone you love is hurt or is killed in a train accident or is injured or killed in an accident involving any type of public transportation.
Accidents involving mass transport or public transportation can be complicated for a number of reasons. They are often serious and, depending who on is operating the transportation when the accident occurred, there may be multiple parties who could be held legally liable for damages to victims including train operators or their employers.
However, in the event that the transportation involved in the accident was operated by a government entity, there may be limits on when and how compensation can be obtained under sovereign immunity rules. Liabilities may also be capped under the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act for accidents involving Amtrak trains.
It is important to understand your rights and to get appropriate legal help in the event of train accidents because of the myriad complexities associated with these cases. And, unfortunately, incidents involving trains happen far more frequently than many people think, so knowing what to do in the aftermath is essential. In fact, just recently, a Tri-Rail commuter trained jumped the tracks, according to Patch.
Commuter Train Jumps the Tracks
According to Patch, the Tri-Rail commuter train that jumped the track recently was located in Broward County. There were approximately 200 passengers aboard the train at the time of the incident. The train was heading in a southbound direction towards Miami and it had just departed from Deerfield Beach station at the time when the incident occurred.
According to information that Patch obtained from a spokesperson for Tri-Rail, the train jumped the trucks at close to 3:30 PM and at the time it was traveling at just five miles per hour. It was the slow speed of the train that prevented injuries from occurring.
None of the passenger cars on the train were damaged in the incident, and no injuries were sustained by any of the passengers. However, the spokesperson did acknowledge that the train in fact derailed and the wheels came off the train track.
Because of the incident, commuters were told to expect significant delays to occur. Tri-Rail was able to navigate other trains past the derailed train very slowly and the spokesperson indicated that there was a backup bus available and set up in the event that trains were not able to pass. This backup would allow commuters to still get to their destinations.
Officials are investigating the cause of the incident in order to attempt to determine what caused the train to derail from the tracks. However, at the time of Patch’s initial reports on the train derailment incident, it was not immediately clear why the train went off of the tracks.
In this particular incident, passengers on the train and other nearby commuters were lucky no injuries were sustained. However, train accidents don’t always have such positive outcomes. When you or someone you love is harmed in an accident, contact a Miami personal injury attorney for assistance as soon as possible.