A recent auto collision with a light rail train serves as a reminder of how important it is to use extreme caution when in close proximity to tracks where light rails operate. According to an abc2news.com story, three people were injured when their vehicle crashed into a light rail at the intersection of Howard and Lombard. Apparently, the impact of the train caused the car carrying the three individuals to move approximately 100 yards. One of the victim’s injuries was deemed serious; however, none of the three individuals’ injuries were reported to be life-threatening. They were taken to University of Maryland Medical Center.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police are still investigating the collision to determine its exact cause. If it is determined that negligence on the part of the train operator was responsible for causing the accident, the injured parties may be able to hold the operator liable for financial costs associated with their injuries and property damage.
Aside from operator inattention, train collisions are also known to be caused by the failure of computerized signal systems, improperly maintained tracks, and even defective train equipment or parts. When innocent motorists or train passengers are injured as a result of a public transportation entity’s negligence or the failure of a train operator to conduct the train in a safe manner, this disregard for the well-being of others should not go overlooked.
In the event that you or a family member is hurt in a train collision and wish to receive compensation to help pay for steep medical bills, pain and suffering, surgeries, property damage, or loss of wages, the assistance of a skilled Maryland train accident lawyer is often needed.