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Premises liability claim expected after fatal train crash

Last September, a 34-year-old mother dropped her 2-year-old toddler at the day care before going to the station to commute to work by train. New Hampshire residents likely remember the tragedy that followed. This was in another state, and, as the young mother stood on the platform along with hundreds of commuters, the train crashed into the station. A premises liability lawsuit is reported to follow this incident.

Over 100 people suffered injuries, and flying debris reportedly struck the woman, causing her death. During an investigation into this tragic accident, investigators determined that the engineer that operated the train failed to stay awake because he was a sleep apnea sufferer. The transit company has apparently since changed their crew requirements on their trains, and new rules require two engineers to be in control of their commuter trains.

The surviving family members of the woman who lost her life in this tragedy recently reported their intention to file a lawsuit against the transit company and the operating engineer. The company is accused of failing to implement positive train control and safety technology that would prevent such incidents. Furthermore, the complaint will allege that the commuter company was negligent in not requiring a 2-crew operating team prior to this tragedy; furthermore, the company failed to take note of the engineer's medical condition, nor did the company monitor or treat it.

For any New Hampshire family, taking on a large company in a civil court may be an overwhelming prospect. However, they need not do this without the support and guidance of experienced premises liability attorneys. A team of seasoned attorneys can navigate the claim on behalf of the family in pursuit of the maximum available compensation.

Source:, "Family of New Jersey Train Crash Victim Files Notice of Intent to Sue", Dec. 29, 2016

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