A man is suing NJ transit after the tragic train crash in Hoboken caused him to lose his finger. The case is likely the first of many to come from the train accident, as victims start to look for who is responsible for their injuries.
This particular man says he was sleeping at the time of the accident. He briefly woke, but did not realize that the train was speeding up instead of slowly down. In addition to losing his finger, he also suffered injuries to his neck and face.
How Could NJ Transit Be Responsible?
The case claims that the transit system did not do its part to provide a safe environment for passengers. There are plenty of arguments for why this might be the case. We already wrote a post about how positive train control could have prevented this train accident, and it is possible that by failing to keep up with safety standards the transit system has endangered its riders.
Others claims that there are more traditional safety mistakes that the transit system might have made. The train was going far faster than is considered safe at the time of the accident. Many are saying the train engineer, who says he does not remember the crash, is guilty of negligence. They are holding the NJ transit for the mistakes of their employee.
Whatever the particular basis of future complaints, it is safe to say that we will see many more cases like this one come to light.
Will All of this Make NJ Transit Safer?
With the string of lawsuits and public outcry that come from a tragedy like this, the hope is that the community will come together to pressure our leaders and transportation providers into making some changes. It is distressing to many that in 2016, with all our technology, trains appear to be getting more dangerous rather than safer. Congress has already required that all transit systems adopt positive train control by 2018, but now is the time for us to work together to find additional safety solutions to ensure that something like this will not happen again.