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Personal Injury Attorney for Hoboken Train Accident Victims

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Hoboken Train Crash

September 30, 2016 -  A New Jersey Transit train crashed into Hoboken Terminal early this morning during rush hour traffic.  According to passengers, NJ Train #1614 failed to slow down as it approached Hoboken Terminal. 

A massive emergency response has been implemented, including assistance from the New York City Fire Department.  Rescue efforts, however, are being hampered by severe structural damage to Hoboken Station caused when the New Jersey train crashed through a wall and into the building.  

News reports are approximately 75 passengers and/or train crew members have been injured, and one person has died.  The most seriously injured are being taken by ambulance to nearby hospitals, while passengers and crew with non-life threatening injuries are waiting to be transported to hospitals via NJ Transit buses.

The FRA, NTSB and Highway Traffic & Safety Administration are on their way to the Hoboken train accident to investigate possible causes which may have contributed to the NJ transit accident such as:  defective brakes, misaligned switches, malfunctioning signals, failed radio communications, and/or use of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology.  

Hoey & Farina will keep you updated concerning this NJ train crash as more information becomes available.  (For Live Coverage visit:  NBC 4 News.  Also, New Jersey Medical Center can be reached at (201) 915-2691 for family members concerned a loved one may have been injured in the NJ train accident and taken to their facility.)

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HOBOKEN TRAIN ACCIDENT UPDATES:

The event recorder on the back locomotive from NJ Train 1614 which crashed into Hoboken Station on September 30, 2016, was the first to be recovered.  The NTSB and FRA were hopeful the event recorder would provide details on the throttle position, speed, and application of brakes concerning the Hoboken train accident.  It was determined, however, that the event recorder was not functioning at the time of the train accident.  

Federal regulations require event recorders be inspected every year.  It is not clear when the event recorders on NJ Transit train that crashed were last  inspected.  According to the FRA, the NJ Transit has had more than 180 safety violations and more than 150 accidents since January of 2011, including three train accidents at Hoboken Terminal which involved crashing into the bumping block.  

The second event recorder recovered revealed the NJ train was traveling at eight mph less than a minute before the train crash, and then sped up to 21 mph.  The emergency brake was applied less than one second prior to the Hoboken train crashing into the bumper and onto the platform.

NJ Transit has subsequently implemented a new rule requiring a conductor to join the engineer as trains pull into Hoboken Station.  The new rule would provide a second set of eyes and ears (and hopefully not a distraction).

On October 31st, the NTSB was informed that the enginer involved in the NJ Trainsit train accident was diagnosed, post-accident, with sleep apnea disorder.  According to the NTSB, the dianosis does not mean that that was the cause of the train accident and its investigation continues. 

In March 2016, the FRA and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began seeking data and information concerning the prevalence and consequences of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) amoung railroad workers.  On November 16, 2016, the FRA announced that it will issue a safety advisory to the railroads concerning the need to address worker fatigue more agressively.

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If you have suffered an injury or wrongful death of a loved one in this NJ transit crash, you need a train accident attorney investigating and working on your behalf.  The train injury attorneys at Hoey & Farina can help you.  We are experienced train injury lawyers / FELA attorneys with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury claims against railroads, like the NJ Transit, throughout the United States, while providing compassionate legal services.  Call Hoey & Farina at 1-888-425-1212 now for your free consultation.  We are available to assist you and your family 24 / 7.

IMPORTANT:  The New Jersey Transit Corporation is a state-owned public transportation system.  If you were injured in the Hoboken train accident of September 30, 2016, and intend to file a claim concerning your injuries, you have until December 28, 2016, to notify the railroad of your intent by filing a Notice of Tort Claim with the State of New Jersey.  

Injury Lawyer for BNSF Train Accident

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BNSF Train Accident in Texas

June 27, 2016 - Two BNSF freight trains were involved in a head-on collision and train derailment near Amarillo, Texas.  Following the BNSF collision, locomotives were engulfed in flames and nearby residents were evacuated as first respondersl attempted to put out the fire.  

One crew member was seriously injured after jumping from a BNSF locomotives involved in the train collision. Three BNSF crew members are missing.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and BNSF are investigating the train accident in Texas, looking into possible causes relating to such things as: track conditions, Centralized Traffic Control (CTC), radio communications, switches, signals, etc. Additionally, investigators will determine whether or not new safety technology was active in the area of this BNSF train accident. Positive Train Control (PTC) technology is being slowly implement to prevent train accidents such as this BNSF collision in Texas.

Hoey & Farina, P.C. will keep you updated concerning this train accident in Texas as more information becomes available.

If you have suffered an injury or wrongful death of a loved one in this BNSF train accident in Texas, you need a train accident attorney investigating and working on your behalf.  The train injury attorneys at Hoey & Farina, P.C. can help you.  We are experienced train injury lawyers / FELA attorneys with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury claims against railroads, including BNSF, throughout the United States, while providing compassionate legal services.  Call Hoey & Farina,P.C. at 1-888-425-1212 now for your free consultation.  We are available to assist you and your family 24 / 7.

Amtrak Train Accident Attorney

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Amtrak’s Palmetto Train 89 traveling from New York to Georgia, along the Northeast Corridor, was involved in a serious train accident near Philadelphia on April 3, 2016.  The Amtrak accident involved a collision with backhoe equipment on the same track as the Amtrak train.  Two Amtrak employees died at the scene and approximately 35 Amtrak passengers and crew members were injured.  

Amtrak has a responsibility to exercise an ordinary duty of care to ensure its passenger rail service is operated as safely as possible and to prevent passengers and crew from suffering serious injuries or wrongful deaths.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are investigating to determine the cause of this Amtrak train accident.  They will investigate why the backhoe equipment and Amtrak train were on the same active track and what if any part speed, mechanical and/or communication failures may have played a part in the Amtrak accident.  (Preliminary NTSB Report)

If you have suffered an injury or wrongful death of a loved one in this Amtrak accident, you need a train accident attorney investigating and working on your behalf.  The train injury attorneys at Hoey & Farina can help you.  We are experienced train injury lawyers with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury claims against railroads, including Amtrak, throughout the United States, while providing compassionate legal services.  Call Hoey & Farina at 1-888-425-1212 now for your free consultation.  We are available to assist you and your family 24 / 7.

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Amtrak Train Accident in Philadelphia

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015, around 9:30 p.m.  The Amtrak accident caused the train cars to leave the tracks - some train cars rolled over and were torn open.  Approximately 145 Amtrak passengers and crew members were injured and 7 passengers were killed.  

Amtrak has set up a special number, 800-523-9101, for family members and friends concerned regarding passengers to call for information.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Amtrak have begun the complicated task of determining the cause of this Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia.  As railroads, such as Amtrak, have a responsibility to exercise an ordinary duty of care to prevent accidents which result in serious injuries or wrongful deaths, the NTSB will investigate what if any part bad tracks, defective brakes, equipment failure, excessive speed, environmental issues, etc. may have had in causing the Amtrak train accident.  

This tragic event, while triggering an immediate investigation, will also likely bring back to the afore front concerns that while railroad profits continue to increase, the number of railroad employees for maintenance and security have decreased and dollars are not being adequately reinvested into the aging infrastructure.

June 9, 2015 Update:  Federal Railroad Administration Recommends Actions to Prevent Passenger Trains from Speeding

February 1, 2016 Update:  NTSB Opens the Accident Docket on the Philadelphia Amtrak Derailment

May 17, 2016 Update:   NTSB Report - Final Synopsis of Amtrak Derailment  Investigation

June 9, 2016 Update:  NTSB Response to David Schanoe's RailwayAge Article   

If you have suffered an injury or wrongful death of a loved one in this Amtrak crash, you need someone investigating and working on your behalf.  The train injury attorneys at Hoey & Farina can help.  We are experienced train injury lawyers with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury claims against railroads, including Amtrak, throughout the United States, while providing compassionate legal services.  Call Hoey & Farina at 1-888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your free consultation.

Train Injury Lawyer for Metrolink Accident

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Metrolink Train Accident February 2015

A Metrolink train accident occurred on February 24, 2015, in Oxnard, Ventura County, California  As a result of the Metrolink train accident in which Metrolink VC Line 102 collided with a truck in the grade crossing, all of the train cars derailed, leaving some lying on their side.  Multiple Metrolink train passengers were injured in the train accident, some critically with head trauma and back injuries.

When there is a commuter train accident, such as this Metrolink accident which resulted in passengers suffering serious personal injuries, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates the train accident to determine the facts, circumstance and probably cause.  The NTSB, as well at Metrolink, will likely listen to radio communications and 911 calls, and view engine and surrounding locations surveillance videos.  Learn why if you have been injured in a train accident, you will need experienced train injury lawyers to represent you and protect your interests.

The train injury lawyers of Hoey & Farina are experienced train injury attorneys with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims against railroads throughout the United States.  Call Hoey & Farina now at 1-888-425-1212 for your free consultation, or complete this form,.

 

Metro North Commuter Train Crash - Passengers Injured

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Metro North Commuter Train Accident in Valhalla

Metro North Commuter Train collided with a SUV near New York City on February 3, 2015.  The SUV involved in the Metro North train accident apparently became stuck on the tracks in between the train crossing gates.  As a result of the Metro-North train crashing into the SUV and catching fire, six passengers in the first train car were killed and many other passengers were injured.  The driver of the SUV was also killed as a result of the train accident in Valhalla, New York.  

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will be reviewing train event recorders and video as part of their investigation into this Metro-North train accident.  

If you have suffered an injury in a commuter train accident, the train injury lawyers of Hoey & Farina can help you.  We are experienced train injury attorneys with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims against railroads throughout the United States.  Call Hoey & Farina now at 1-888-425-1212 for your free consultation, or complete this form,.

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