Dozens Injured in Brooklyn, NY, LIRR Train Accident
Brooklyn, NY -- January 4, 2017, dozens of people suffered injuries following an accident where a train on the LIRR line crashed at a stop.
The crash occurred at a stop in the Atlantic Terminal in the morning hours of Wednesday.
According to witness reports given to the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the Long Island Rail Road train wasn't moving very fast at the time, but it failed to stop in the designated area, running into the bumper at the end of the track.
The resulting collision affected several people on-board the train, and current reports say that at least 76 people reported injuries following the crash. However, none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.
At this time, officials have not said what caused the accident to occur. There have not been any suggested factors for investigating authorities.
No further information is currently available.
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It's very good to see that injuries are relatively minor in this accident considering there have been train accidents in the past which caused some serious damage, such as the Hoboken train crash back in September. One thing a lot of people might not consider is how Tort Claims can cause complications for those affected by the incident.
Tort claims laws deal with lawsuits directed at government entities, such as a city, school district, police department, etc. These laws usually limit damages that can be claimed or significantly alter the compensation process from how a typical accident, like a car crash, might work. In Texas, for example, say people are injured in a school bus crash. In this case, victims only have a maximum of $300,000 per accident to recover and $150,000 per person. For accidents with several people, this pool of compensation can begin to run thin. And it doesn't get allocated automatically or in proportion to a person's injuries. A person with a broken leg could walk away with $50,000 while the family of someone killed could get nothing.
Tort claims can be very complex for those with little experience. Without experienced representation, victims face many difficulties when seeking compensation for their injuries. Since tort claims laws vary from state to state, it's advisable that anyone involved in an accident with a government entity seeks an experienced attorney as soon as possible to help guide them through the process.
--Grossman Law Offices