Metro-North Train Derailment – It’s Time to Make a Change to Our Transportation Safety

A Metro-North train derailed on Sunday morning in the Bronx along the Hudson River.

The 5:54am train left from Poughkeepsie station headed to Grand Central. On board were 100-150 people.

Suddenly, a jerk disrupted the train and derailed in the Bronx. All cars of the train flew off the tracks and several landed on their sides.

Four people onboard will killed in the crash and 60 were injured. Three of the four dead were thrown from the train after the windows blew out.

It was not clear how fast the MTA train was going. An MTA official said that the operator had reported that the train was going into the turn too fast and that he had performed an emergency braking maneuver.

It’s time to make a change to our transportation safety! This accident was the latest episode for Metro-North. In May, two Metro-North trains slammed into each other in CT and in July, a CSX freight train derailed near where the Metro-North train left the tracks on Sunday.

This recent derailment tells us that something must change as this is an unsafe working environment and form of transportation. Every day, our lives are threatened by the railroads whether we are commuters, homeowners exposed to toxins and dangers of the tracks, or employees of the MTA.

The railroad industry is now the worst in the nation when it comes to whistleblower complaints since Congress awarded whistleblower protection to railroad employees who complain about the safety of the employees. Punitive damages are awarded in an attempt to force railroads to practice a safe work environment. However, this has not changed the unsafe, abusive ways of the railroad industry, including Metro-North.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of our neighbors and fellow travelers affected by this terrible tragedy. We are here to help.

 

Source: www.nytimes.com

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP