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November 26, 2014

MBTA Subway Trolleys Collide in Dorchester: Passengers Injured

An Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway trolley collision this morning, injured a reported seven passengers according to WCVB.com and Boston.com.

The accident occurred around 6:40 Wednesday morning on the Mattapan line in Dorchester just outside of the Butler Street station, as the trolleys were en route toward Ashmont. An out-of-service trolley car, luckily carrying no passengers at the time, apparently hit another trolley, which was carrying passengers, an MBTA spokesperson told reporters.

The spokesman also stated that there were at least seven people who were injured in the collision; several reported experiencing some back pain, as well as minor bumps and bruises. Two of the injured individuals included trolley operators.

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November 7, 2014

Woman Fatally Struck By Red Line Train in Boston at Downtown Crossing

A woman died after she was hit by a train at the Downtown Crossing Station last night. The Red Line was bound for Braintree. The victim was reportedly hit as the train approached the station. The fatal Boston train accident caused serious delays on both the Orange and Red lines.

According to one witness, the woman had been standing with a companion on the platform but leaning over the cautionary yellow line. Media reports are speculating that she may have fell onto the track or purposely jumped in front of the train.

Last night’s Boston train accident comes a little over a week after another person, a man, was struck by and then trapped under an Orange Line train at Haymarket Station. He died from his injuries. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said that victim was trespassing in the right of away when the incident happened.

Please contact our Boston train accident lawyers if you or someone you love was injured in an incident involving a train or another type of accident at a station. Aside from injuries caused in train crashes, injuries and deaths can also happen on MBTA property, whether involving train or some hazard that should have been remedied or never existed. Unsafe conditions or failure to establish the safety precautions and warnings to protect patrons can be grounds for a Massachusetts premises liability case.

We also represent clients who were injured at a train crossing or were the victim of a violent crime while at a train station, subway station, or bus stop. Your first consultation with one of our MBTA injury lawyers is free. Altman & Altman, LLP also represents Massachusetts train crash victims and their families with claims against other train companies and any other parties that should be held liable.

Woman Struck, Killed by Red Line Train at Downtown Crossing, Boston.com, November 6, 2014

Man hit by Orange Line train at Haymarket Station dies, WCVB, October 9, 2014

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority


More Blog Posts:
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Amtrak Train-SUV Crash in Mansfield, Massachusetts Kills Three
, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, October 28, 2014

Boston Commuter Train Crashes With Elderly Woman's Car in Train Crossing
, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, March 30, 2011

October 28, 2014

National Transportation Safety Board Announces Likely Cause of NY Train Derailment

Nearly 11 months since a Metro-North train derailed in New York City, killing four people and injuring dozens more passengers, federal investigators believe they have reached a conclusion as to what caused the horrific wreck.

According to WCVB reports, the National Transportation Safety Board said it is prepared to announce today the probable causes of the December 1, 2013 train derailment and address four other Metro-North accidents in both New York and Connecticut, which all occurred within 11 months in 2013 and 2014.

The NTSB said it has poured over hundreds of documented findings from the investigations. It is only now that the board has reached probable conclusions as to why the crash occurred. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut stated that he has seen the report, which, according to Blumenthal, “document[s] the cascading catastrophes over a single year illustrating the urgent need for dramatic upgrades and improvements in safety and reliability."

Though no confirmation has yet been made, early reports in April suggested that the engineer of the derailed train, William Rockefeller, suffered from undiagnosed sleep apnea, which ultimately interrupted his sleep dozens of times each night. Likely, Rockefeller was overly drowsy at the time the accident occurred, according to these preliminary reports. Investigators questioned Rockefeller on whether he was clearheaded enough to realize he was hitting the curve at such a high rate of speed, to which Rockefeller replied, “apparently not.”

According to WCVB, other accidents within the 11-month span include a derailment and collision in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that injured more than 50 people on May 17, 2013; the death of a track foreman who was hit by a train in West Haven, Connecticut, on May 28, 2013; the derailment of a freight train on Metro-North tracks in the Bronx on July 18, 2013; and the death of a Metro-North electrician who was hit by a train in Manhattan on March 10, 2014.

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June 23, 2014

Amtrak Train-SUV Crash in Mansfield, Massachusetts Kills Three

Three people were killed overnight when an Amtrak train and a sport utility vehicle collided with one another in Mansfield, Massachusetts. All three of the victims were SUV occupants. No one on the train was hurt.

Authorities say that the train was moving at about 125 miles per hour when the Massachusetts train-SUV accident happened. They are trying to figure out where the SUV came onto the tracks. The debris field is at least one mile long, which is making the vehicle's entry point hard to identify.

Massachusetts Train Collisions
If you or someone you love was injured in a train crash, you should speak with a Boston train accident lawyer right away. There are federal and state statutes and regulations that govern civil cases involving trains and you want to make sure you speak with a Massachusetts personal injury law firm that is familiar with these laws and knows how to pursue your recovery.

Sometimes, the negligent party is the the train operator, a railroad company, or others affiliated with the train, such as Amtrak or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. At other times it is the driver of another vehicle or someone else that caused a train crash to happen. An experienced Boston train collision lawyer can help you figure out what happened and who should be held responsible.

At Altman & Altman, LLP, we help victims with injury and wrongful death claims involving subways, trains, buses, commuter rails, trolleys, and public ferries. In addition to claims over injuries caused by collisions, we also handle cases involving accidents and injuries that occurred on MBTA premises, including subway stations and bus stops. These injuries may have been caused by unsafe conditions, which can be grounds for a Massachusetts premises liability case. We also represent victims who were injured because of a violent crime, such as a rape or a physical assault, on MBTA property. To explore your legal options, contact our Boston injury lawyers today.


3 Dead After Amtrak Train Hits Vehicle On Tracks In Mansfield
, BostonCBSLocal, June 23, 2014

AMTRAK


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April 30, 2014

Elderly Woman Struck By MBTA Commuter Rail Train

An elderly Framingham woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a commuter rail train in downtown Framingham earlier this week.

The woman was struck by an inbound train near the Framingham rail station and it is still unclear as to how or why the accident occurred. The woman was medflighted to a Boston-area hospital for treatment of serious injuries and she is expected to make a full recovery.

MBTA ACCIDENTS

Whether you are someone who utilizes public transit on a daily basis or only occasionally, there is always a risk of injury as the result of human error (such as an operator’s behavior), equipment failure, as well as unsafe conditions on commuting premises. Unsafe conditions can be present in a number of locations, including at bus and train stations, on station platforms, on stairways and stairwells, and on entryways, and exits.
When these types of accidents occur, victims inevitably wonder what their next step should be along with recovery from their injuries. Common concerns may include payment for medical bills, compensation for lost wages because an injury prevents a normal work schedule, property damage, pain and suffering, and long-term care and disability.

No matter what the specific details of your incident, the attorneys at the law offices at Altman & Altman have the knowledge and experience to assist clients in filing a claim against the parties responsible for their injuries and help them achieve the financial compensation they deserve and are entitled to. In addition to assisting clients receive financial relief, we also connect clients with some of the most respected and knowledgeable health professionals to ensure that they receive the highest level of care available.

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March 24, 2014

Drowsy Driving May Have Been a Factor in CTA Train Crash That Injured Over 30

According to CTA union president Robert Kelly, the operator of the Blue Line train involved in a train crash at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago early Monday morning may have fallen asleep at the wheel. The train train jumped the platform and went up an escalator.

Over 30 people were injured in the CTA train crash. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the accident. After the train crash, the eight-car train remained stuck on the escalator so investigators could try to figure out what happened.

Kelly suggested that a bumping post, which serves as a metal shock absorber, might have shot the train off the track. This could have caused the driver’s hand to push the lever forward, increasing the train’s power and sending it off and over the post.

He also noted that there are signs to indicate that that train operator, who works a lot of overtime and had been off just 17 hours before beginning her overnight shift, may have been tired at the time of the accident and dozed off.

Massachusetts Train Crashes
Our Boston train accident lawyers represent victims that were injured in a Massachusetts that was caused by someone else’s negligence. Example of common causes of MBTA injury cases include train malfunction, derailment, operator error, crossing gate malfunction, drowsy driving, and distracted driving. We also handle MBTA injury cases involving incidents that occurred on the premises of a station, including injuries caused by violent crimes. Please contact one of our Massachusetts premises liability lawyers to find out about your legal options.

Altman & Altman lLP also handles cases involving injury accidents caused by unsafe conditions on trains, buses, station platforms, escalators, elevators, stairwells, and entries, and other MBTA locations. Please contact our Boston MBTA accident lawyers today.

Drowsy Driving
A train operator who is tired can pose a safety risk. His/her reflexes may be slower, which can make it hard to respond quickly and appropriately in an emergency situation. Falling asleep at the wheel of any vehicle can prove catastrophic for passengers and others involved in a crash.

The New York Times says that in 2009, drowsy driving was a factor in about 730 fatal motor vehicle crashes. Another 30,000 drowsy driving crashes occurred in which there were no deaths. Imagine how high the death and injury toll can be when the vehicle involved is as large as a train and carrying so many occupants.

Focus in CTA crash falls on operator fatigue, speeding, Chicago Tribune, March 24, 2013

Drowsy Drivers Pose Major Risks, New York Times, January 4, 2013

National Transportation Safety Board

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority


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March 11, 2014

Multiple Injuries in MBTA Green Line Derailment

At approximately 12:30pm on Monday, March 10th, an MBTA Green line train heading outbound toward Riverside derailed and struck a wall near the Beacon Street portal where the D and C lines intersect, according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. Multiple minor injuries were reported, with conflicting accounts coming from Boston EMS and MBTA Transit Police. Boston EMS reported via Twitter that 10 people, including the train operator, were taken to local hospital, while MBTA Transit police reported six injuries. Four people, including the operator of the derailed car reported having back pain following the crash, according to WHDH. Though most of the injuries reported were from the derailed train, some passengers in a train directly behind the accident were treated for injuries as the operator had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the disabled train.

According to the verified MBTA Twitter page, service between Kenmore and Fenway on the D line and Kenmore and St. Mary's Street on the C line was shut down for the remainder of the day. Crews worked through the night to make sure MBTA service returned to normal this morning just after 5:00am.

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December 3, 2013

Fatigue and Human Error Possible Factors in NY Train Derailment

Officials investigating the train that derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in Bronx, New York over the weekend believe human error may have been the main cause of the fatal incident.

The passenger train, which was en route to New York City early Sunday morning, jumped the tracks after going into a curve at 82 mph, nearly three times the speed limit. Four people were killed and dozens more were injured.

Anthony Bottalico, the leader of the rail employees union and the representative for William Rockfeller, the engineer responsible for the crash, said that human error was what may have caused the accident. On the day of the crash, Rockefeller was on the second day of a five-day workweek and reported for duty at 5:04 a.m. after working a typical, nine-hour shift the day before. According to Bottalico, Rockfeller said that he had been in a daze and that his mind had been wandering when he realized the train was in trouble. Rockfeller allegedly caught himself dozing off, and put the train into emergency only six seconds before the train and seven of its cars jumped off the tracks.

National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said that investigators have not yet found any evidence that there were any mechanical issues with the train and New York law enforcement officials have launched a separate investigation to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against Rockfeller. Alcohol and drugs have not been cited as factors in the accident, and officials are still investigating the cause.

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June 17, 2013

AAA Says Hands-Free Calling & Texting Devices Don’t Prevent Boston Distracted Driving Accidents

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, sending and reading text messages with a hands-free devices or talking on a cell phone without using your hands while driving are no less distracting than doing these activities manually. The AAA’s study comes as voice-activated technologies that let people talk, text, and Facebook while driving continue to grow in popularity. This is the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. In Massachusetts, please contact our Boston injury lawyers if you believe that your car crash injuries or a loved one’s death was caused by a negligent driver.

Per the study, which sought to gauge how mental or cognitive distraction affect driving, even these hands-free devices don’t take away the mental distraction that can arise from engaging in so many other activities while operating a motor vehicle. As the mind becomes more distracted, the brain’s reaction capabilities slow down, as does its ability to detect vital cues on the road, including pedestrians and stop signs.

These findings are important for hands-free device manufacturers and also makers to know so that they can make sure that consumers don’t end up thinking that these types of products make it safer to text and talk while driving. AAA CEO Robert Darbelnet even called the surge in hands-free technology a “public safety crisis” just waiting to happen.

When a driver is distracted, whether by technology, cell phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, texting, reading, watching a movie, or engaged/thinking about any other activity, he/she is more prone to causing (or failing to avoid) a Boston car crash. In the US, distracted driving kills more than 3,000 people a year, causing hundreds of thousands of additional injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, almost one out of five auto crashes in 2010 involved distracted driving. During June 2011 alone, more than196 billion texts were received or sent in the US—that’s almost a 50% rise from the amount of texts sent and received throughout June 2009.

Bottom line, you don’t need to be using your hands to become mentally distracted while driving. If anything, a driver might be lulled into a false sense of security and safety, causing him/her to become less vigilant and careful. Our Boston distracted driving lawyers would like to offer you a free case evalution to find out whether you have grounds for a claim.

The AAA Study (PDF)

Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving, NPR, June 12, 2013

Distracted Driving, CDC


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December 10, 2012

MBTA Fires “Inattentive” Driver Involved in Boston Train Crash

The MBTA has fired the driver of a Green Line train that recently collided with another train, sending numerous riders to the hospital.

The reason for the termination is that the driver was “inattentive” at the time of the crash, said MBTA General Manager Jonathan R. Davis.

Davis said the driver was “solely responsible” for the accident. The driver had worked another, non-MBTA job from midnight to 8:00 a.m. before starting his MBTA job at 11:00 a.m., approximately an hour before the crash. The MBTA has not released the name of the driver or a description of the second job.

MBTA rules do not specifically prohibit employees from working additional jobs, but by not having sufficient rest before reporting to work, the driver was unfit for duty, violating MBTA policy, said Davis.

“Because of his alarming disregard for customer and employee safety in performing his duty as a Green Line operator, today he was fired,” Davis said at a news conference prior to a regularly scheduled meeting of the state transportation board. “The conclusion is he was inattentive to his duties as a Green Line operator, resulting in a collision with the other vehicle.”

The driver reported to investigators that he did not fall asleep while operating the train, said Davis. Investigators were unable to determine if that was in fact the case, said Davis.

The collision between two Green Line trains at the Boylston Street station occurred just before noon on Thursday, injuring tens of people. The train was entering the station when it rear-ended another train that had stopped on the platform.

37 people were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries. “People went flying, got their knees banged up. It was pretty hectic,” said one rider.

None of the trolleys were damaged in the crash and the station opened in time for the evening commute.

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