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Boston Green Line Train Derailment Causes Concern
Shortly after 6:00 a.m. on August 7th, a Green Line D train derailed around the Riverside area according to a Boston MBTA spokesperson. No one was reported injured, but the incident did lead to damage to the automatic operating signals along the train’s route. Following an investigation by transit authorities, the cause of the crash has been deemed to be errors made by an experienced driver, and not because of track conditions or mechanical failures.
Fortunately, there were no injuries, and the train line was back up and running that very day, but it serves a reminder that train accidents happen from time to time. We at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., understand how these accidents can throw a wrench in victims’ lives, and cause great injury or even death.
While there a variety of reasons that a train accident might occur, from diver error to an obstructed track, there are steps that passengers can take in order to stay safe. Here are some methods to stay safe while taking the train.
Commuter Train and Light Rail Safety Tips
- Be aware of your surroundings. When waiting for a train or crossing a track, be aware of oncoming trains. Not all trains stop at every station, and they can come from either direction at any time. Many commuter trains make minimal sound when coming down the line, so obey all warning signs and be mindful of wearing headphones around the tracks.
- Be cautious of train overhang. Some train cars hang far off the dimensions of the track, and some commuter trains even overhang on station platforms. It is important that everyone around a train track keeps a safe distance in order to avoid being stuck by the parts of the train that may jut out. When waiting at a platform, pay attention to painted or raised markings at the platform edge, and stay at least three feet from the train while it is through the station.
- When aboard, hold on. Hold on tight to poles, straps, or seats, and listen carefully to directions from the train conductor, operator, or transit system staff for any safety instruction.
- Be aware of emergency procedures. Most commuter trains are equipped with both emergency exits and emergency service buttons. When taking your seat, be sure to note where both are located.
- Be careful entering and exiting the train. Believe it or not, a large amount of passenger injuries on trains take place when individuals are entering or exiting a train car. There may be a gap between the train and platform, so be mindful when boarding or leaving a train.
While there are steps individuals can take to avoid injury while riding a train, many times it is out of the passenger’s hands. If you or a loved one are injured in a train accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., can help you though the legal process, and help you get the compensation you are deserve. Call our Boston office at (617) 870-0907 for a no-obligation, free consultation.
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