Will Improved Transit-Rail Safety Oversight Help Prevent Train Accidents?

By Peter DePaolis

Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys Helping Injured Clients in Washington D.C.

highway traffic Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a media event in Washington, D.C. to announce its list of “Most Wanted” safety recommendations. The NTSB’s recommendations included plans to improve transit-rail oversight to prevent train accidents.

What are the NTSB’s “Most Wanted” Safety Recommendations?

The “Most Wanted” safety list includes the top 10 recommendations for preventing transportation-related property damage, injuries and deaths throughout the US. The NTSB has been issuing the list for 26 years and uses it to develop a plan for a safer future for all modes of transportation, from cycling to rail travel.

The latest “Most Wanted” list includes the following transportation safety recommendations for 2017 and 2018:

  • Expand recorder use
  • Improve transit-rail safety oversight
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Improve medical fitness requirements for operators
  • Expand the use of collision avoidance technology
  • End drug impairment and alcohol use amongst transportation operators
  • Implement stronger protections for transportation occupants
  • Ensure hazardous materials are shipped safely
  • Lower the number of accidents related to fatigue
  • Prevent the loss of control for operators during general aviation flights

Many of these recommendations address issues that have plagued us for some time. Whether the NTSB’s increased focus on solving these specific problems will lead to significant progress remains to be seen.

Personal injury law firm Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP works to help those injured in train, bus and other transit vehicle accidents in the Washington, D.C., region. Contact us today to speak to one of our attorneys. We offer free consultations. 

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.