The December 31 deadline for implementing new train safety technology will only be met by a small number of U.S. railroads, according to Federal Railroad Administration officials. Only three out of 38 inter-city passenger, commuter, and freight railroads have submitted the necessary plans to certify they have advanced technology systems.
Congress imposed the December deadline in 2008, and if railroads fail to implement the technology in time they face fines or service suspension unless lawmakers extend the deadline. The technology that is required to be implemented would have prevented the deadly May 31 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, according to experts.
Reasons for the delay include high costs, which can run into billions of dollars, and technological difficulties. The technology involves a complex system of sensors and automated controls that can stop or slow down a train. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the technology would have prevented 300 deaths and over 6,700 injuries over five decades.
If a person is killed or injured in a train wreck or derailment, that individual can seek compensation from the railroad and other negligent parties involved. The injured individual may be entitled to damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. If you have been injured in a train accident, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit our Facebook page.