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Ice Buildup Affects Trains

April 22, 2015 Train Accidents

Given the amount of snow and ice that has hit New York in the last few months, it’s no wonder city transit leaders are likely breathing a sigh of relief now that the worst is likely behind them. Such weather can have a serious impact on various types of transportation systems, as well as on independent traffic that typically clogs New York City streets.

Ice buildup affects trains systems in several ways. It can affect some of the mechanical operations of the trains, for example, when heavy ice builds up around couplings or around electrical components. It can also affect the consumer use of the trains, such as when ice builds up around door areas, making it more difficult for doors to open and close. In addition, there may be risks related to flying sheets of ice and ice pieces coming unattached from train cars traveling at high speeds.

De-icing Solutions

Responsible city transportation departments use de-icing solutions to prevent ice buildup on train cars. In New York, workers often sprayed de-icing solutions on the third rail of the system, in order to mitigate the impact of winter precipitation.

Safety starts with accessing the systems, and looking for winter effects that need to be mitigated or dealt with. The same applies to depots and areas around the trains where there may be liability related to slip and fall injuries.

Keeping Travelers Safe

Metropolitan transportation departments rely on the concerted efforts of many individuals to keep systems running smoothly and safely. Train conductors need specific training and resources in order to have a positive influence on traveler safety and know how to respond to emergencies. Maintenance workers and others in the department also play a vital role in making sure that the utilities and systems in use are in serviceable and safe condition. Administrators have a responsibility to handle compliance with all internal and external rules and regulations that have been set up to make trains run more safely.

New York Personal Injury Lawyers

In looking at train accident cases and other injury cases related to public transportation, personal injury lawyers look at the full context of a case, to include a review of the types of common-sense safety protocols and procedures that have been put in place by planners and whether those rules have been followed. In general, injury attorneys are looking out for their client’s best interests by looking at possible third party responsibility and determining whether any sort of negligence or inattention to public safety could contribute to a case for compensation to help the injury victim deal with the costs of care and recovery.

Call Our New York City Train Accident Attorneys For Help With Your Case

If you or someone in your family was injured in New York City or the state of New York, call the train accident attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff. Our attorneys have experience helping injury victims move forward with a personal injury case to help secure money for lost wages, medical bills and more.