New York, NY (PRWEB) December 05, 2013
New York City railroad accident lawyer Edgar Romano of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP today said the deadly crash of a Metro-North Railroad passenger train in the Bronx on Dec. 1 illustrates how train accidents can quickly result in multiple injuries and fatalities and require a thorough investigation.
According to The New York Times (“Speed Is Cited as Possible Cause of Deadly Train Crash,” December 2), Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the train may have been going too fast as it came into a curve in the tracks. The report states that the train derailed, and four people died and dozens more were injured.
“A train accident like this can be a frightening and life-changing experience,” said Romano, whose firm handles accident cases, including train crashes in New York involving injuries and fatalities to passengers and workers. “Our thoughts are with the victims who were injured and the families of those who died. Anyone who was injured should seek immediate medical attention and continue to make follow-up appointments with doctors. Even if you think you have a minor injury, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor. Your actions now can make a difference in the future.”
According to the Times, the governor said authorities are looking at three possible accident causes – the condition of the tracks, equipment failure or human error.
With speed a possible factor in the crash, Romano said authorities will have to determine if the brakes failed or were never used. According to the Times, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority official said the engineer told emergency personnel that when he realized he was coming into the curve too quickly he “dumped the brakes,” which is an emergency procedure to slow the train.
The Times reported that the train engineer was injured, but will be questioned by the National Transportation Safety Board. Authorities also will analyze data on the train’s black box, which could reveal the train’s speed and how the brakes might have been applied, according to the Times.
In handling a train accident case, Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP, typically would pore over accident reports and interview witnesses. The firm would work with accident reconstruction experts to help determine the cause of the accident. The experts typically look at the physical evidence, including the damage at the accident scene, Romano said.
According to the Times, large cranes were at the scene of the accident a day after the crash. Workers were using the equipment to right the passenger cars and clear wreckage, according to the report.
“These cases can be complicated, and expert testimony is critical,” Romano said. “An expert in accident reconstruction can help find out what happened and also can help explain complex scientific ideas in court.”
Romano said the personal injury attorneys at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP, have helped many New Yorkers over the years obtain compensation after serious accidents. The law firm has several offices throughout New York, including a Bronx office at 369 East 149th St. which can be reached by calling (212) 341-7900.
About Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP
Edgar Romano was named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York” in 2012 and 2013 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School.
With 80 years of experience hearing over 100,000 cases, Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP has obtained settlements totaling over a billion dollars for New Yorkers. With 100 legal professionals on staff, the law firm has won numerous accolades for providing its clients with strong, reliable legal representation and has a well-earned reputation as one of the top law firms for cases involving personal injury, workplace accidents and cases involving workers’ compensation and Social Security disability.
Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP has ten locations across the five boroughs, southern New York, and Long Island. For more information, visit http://www.workerslaw.com/.