Pedestrian Injured In MTA Train Accident At the Breakneck Ridge Train Station In Fishkill
DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK (November 11, 2021) – A pedestrian was seriously injured in a train accident at the Breakneck Ridge station in Fishkill.
Dutchess County authorities are saying that the accident took place around 11:35 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9th. A pedestrian was hit by an MTA train and sustained a serious leg injury in the process.
Paramedics and an air ambulance were called to the Breakneck Ridge station. The pedestrian was airlifted to the Westchester Medical Center.
The Hudson Line was temporarily suspended between Cold Spring and Beacon. A full investigation into what may have caused the train accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Dutchess County Train Accidents At The Breakneck Ridge Train Station
Every year nearly 500 pedestrians are killed in train accidents. Thousands more are left seriously injured. Train stations can be dangerous places. Trains can be deceptively fast and many trains come around blind corners. There are a number of steps that train companies can take to reduce pedestrian collisions.
- Conductors should sound their horn to alert pedestrians of their presence.
- Conductors should always scan the tracks ahead for pedestrians.
- Pedestrians should be alerted to the presence of trains near crossings with flashing beacons and alarms.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a train accident. For example, a conductor could be liable for an accident if they failed to slow down for a pedestrian on the tracks. Conductors are trained to scan the tracks ahead of them and do their best to avoid hitting anyone. To that extent, a conductor should brake when necessary and sound their horn to alert others of their presence.
A train station owner could also potentially be liable for a collision. Every property owner in New York has a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. To that end, train station owners must take precautions to protect pedestrians from accidents. This could include installing crossing arms and flashing lights at designated intersections. When a property owner has actual or constructive notice of a dangerous condition on their property they must take steps to correct that dangerous condition. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any train accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
Any person that is injured in a train accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, train companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any collision. A New York train accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Fishkill Train Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the victim of this train accident at the Breakneck Ridge station in Fishkill. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened so that steps can be taken to prevent similar accidents.
This collision raises a number of safety concerns. Was the conductor watching the tracks before the accident? Is there a history of accidents at this train station? Could this accident have been prevented? A large portion of train accidents can be prevented when train stations put a priority on pedestrian safety.