New York Personal Injury Lawyer David Perecman Supports Comprehensive Safety Review of Metro-North Following Train Derailment

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New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm lauds a U.S. Department of Transportation comprehensive safety assessment of the Metro-North Commuter Railroad.

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We cannot go back in time and bring back or completely heal those innocent people who were killed or injured in train accidents, but we can move forward and create an environment of trust and safety.

Personal injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, lauds a Federal Railroad Administration safety assessment that will deeply examine the operations and “safety culture” of the Metro-North Railroad. According to The New York Time s (12.13.13), this type of in-depth investigation has never been conducted for a passenger railroad before.

The safety review is a consequence of the recent derailment and “a series of episodes on Metro-North” this year, said The New York Times.

“We cannot go back in time and bring back or completely heal those innocent people who were killed or injured in train accidents, but we can move forward and create an environment of trust and safety,” said Perecman.

The comprehensive review and assessment will include analysis of the procedures at control centers, employee protection, communication, locomotive engineer oversight, and maintenance of track, signals and rolling stock, according to a press release (FRA 31-1 3, 12.12.13) issued by the United States Department of Transportation. The investigation, known as Operation Deep Dive, is expected to last 60 days.

The latest Metro-North incident was a commuter train derailment that killed four people and injured more than 60. The accident occurred after a train operator allegedly lost focus and went into a daze while at the controls, and took a sharp curve at high speed, said The New York Times.

Other Metro-North train incidents this year include a train collision in May, which injured many passengers; the death of a track foreman who was hit after a trainee rail traffic controller opened a section of track without proper clearance, also in May; and a freight train derailment in July, reported The New York Times.

One goal of the railroad administration is to “help restore public confidence in Metro-North” said the press release.

“There are no short cuts to safety. It is something that must be maintained day in and day out, year in and year out,” said Perecman.

The Perecman Firm handles serious train and other vehicular accident cases throughout New York. The firm’s personal injury lawyers know how to use New York negligence laws to each client’s advantage.

The New York Times story cited is “U.S. Orders Sweeping Safety Review of Metro-North.”

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a train accident, car accident or other vehicular accident, contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, civil rights violation, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases, including Metro-North train accident cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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