NEW YORK – A Long Island Rail Road train struck a bumping block in Brooklyn Wednesday morning, causing the train to jump of the tracks during the morning rush hour.
According to the FDNY, at least 103 people were injured in the train accident. Fortunately, none of those injuries are considered life threatening. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the worst injury is a possible broken leg.
Although officials are calling the accident “minor,” passengers said the scene was chaotic for dozens of commuters.
Passenger Rebecca Bazzey told PIX11 News she suffered a head injury during the sudden jolt.
Rider Natasha Mosley told CBS New York she also hit her head in the Brooklyn train accident. Natasha Mosley said she was sitting in the first car when the train lurched off its tracks.
“People were just crying,” Natasha Mosley told reporters. “Another person fractured their arm.”
Another rider, Robert Fried, described the accident as a sudden jolt that left passengers confused and many others injured.
“Everybody in front of me was actually doing a head jerk and falling,” Robert Fried told CBS New York. “It was pretty intense and pretty scary.”
Passenger Michelle Reed told reporters that, despite the injuries, the incident could’ve been much worse.
“I’m just shaken and sore right now,” Michelle Reed said. “Thanking God that I’m walking away.”
Many other passengers echoed the same sentiments but just three months after a similar crash in Hoboken, N.J., riders are left wondering: how could something like this happen again?
A Brooklyn train accident attorney says a detailed legal investigation will look at all the factors that may have contributed to the accident.
These factors could include:
- Operator error
- Potential track flaws
- Mechanical issues
- Structural faults
In addition to investigating what specifically caused the derailment, an experienced Brooklyn accident lawyer will look at the history of train derailments like this and a detail-oriented analysis will look into the train operator’s records to determine whether they had a history of other accidents or an illness like sleep apnea that may have played a role in the accident.
Gov. Cuomo said the train didn’t stop when it was supposed to. Although it is currently unclear how fast the train was moving at the time of the derailment, an experienced legal team could obtain the facts and use them to help accident victims get compensation for their injuries.
This compensation can help pay for:
- Hospital expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future medical costs
- …and more
Passengers Natasha Mosley, Robert Fried and Michelle Reed all described the Brooklyn train accident scene as ‘chaotic’ and dozens of other riders were taken to New York hospitals for treatments. Although the official injury tally stands at 103, doctors are prepared to treat other passengers since some injuries – especially whiplash injuries – can manifest hours, days or even weeks after an accident.
Experienced accident attorneys will gather all the evidence these victims need to get the best result possible. A solid legal team will not only look at accident reports – they will also look for other pieces of evidence that could help accident victims. This evidence could include:
- Train accident records
- History of incidents at the station
- Surveillance video
- Eye-witness statements, recordings, photos, and other media
- Maintenance records
- Train engineer experience records and qualifications
- Records of mechanical flaws and malfunctions
When an injured victim files a claim, their legal team can also put pressure on the railroad companies to make their trains, tracks and stations safer for everyone.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a train accident, contact one of our Brooklyn personal injury attorneys at 800-888-8888.