Reckless driving practices often result in traffic accidents and personal
injury in Sunnyvale and throughout the U.S. In recent years, the advent
of new technology has created new ways for motorists to become distracted
while behind the wheel, with cell phone use and text messaging being one
of the primary culprits. Consequently, the Federal Railroad Administration
(FRA) has proposed an amendment to railroad communication regulations
that would restrict railroad operating employee use of such devices while
a train is in transit. According to a
article, the FRA is also seeking comment on whether or not a violation
of the proposed amendment should result in a revocation of a railroad
operating employee’s certification.
Despite the fact that motorists are prohibited from using cell phones while
operating their vehicles, the question of whether or not the same rules
should apply to public transit drivers is up for debate.
While electronic communication is somewhat of a necessity for public transit
drivers, there have been far too many instances of inattention leading
to injury accidents. The FRA cites numerous examples of inattention, such
as a June 2008 incident where a Union Pacific Railroad Company brakeman
was killed when he moved into the path of a train while engaged in conversation
on his cell phone. Another citied incident took place in May 2004 in Texas
involving a head-on collision between two trains in which 22 personal
phone calls were discovered to have been made by five crew members on
both trains in a span of less than four hours while the trains were in transit.
Transportation companies in Northern California have an obligation to ensure
that all safety measures are strictly adhered to in order to protect not
only passengers, but all other motorists and pedestrians as well. In the
event that a Sunnyvale train accident occurs due to the negligence of
a train operator, particularly if the train operator is distracted while
using a cell phone or other electronic device, then accident victims are
entitled to seek monetary damages from all involved negligent parties.
Damages sought may help cover the costs associated with the accident,
such as medical bills, physical therapy fees, and even wages lost as a
result of injury.
If you have been involved in a Northern California train accident, please
don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Sunnyvale personal injury
attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP. Our skilled Sunnyvale accident
attorneys will fight to ensure that your rights as an accident victim
are protected in a court of law. For more information and a free case
consultation, please call (800) 900-0863 today.