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Tragic New York bus accident kills four, injures 67.

Public transportation accidents, like the bus accident in New York, can be devastating. Those injured in these accidents may be able to receive compensation to help cover the cost of care associated with injuries.
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    December 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Tragic New York bus accident kills four, injures 67.

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Public transit offers commuters the ability to get to and from their destinations without the headache of maneuvering their vehicles through congested city roads. New Yorkers are known to make use of various forms of public transit, from taxi cabs to light rail and commuter trains. Generally, this form of public transportation offers a safe alternative to the use of one's own vehicle. Unfortunately, this was not the case in December of 2013.

On December 3, a commuter train derailed after traveling almost three times the posted speed limit on a curved portion of the track. A union member released a comment stating that the train driver, who had no prior reprimands on record, was "in a daze" just before the crash. According to a report by Reuters, this is not an unusual occurrence. In fact, falling into a daze is so common that it has its own term: highway hypnosis.

Highway hypnosis refers to the loss of perspective after viewing the passage of rail after rail during a commute. The reporter for Reuters noted that a similar experience can occur after a driver spends a long period of time on an open highway and the driver nods off for a moment.

Public transit accidents and victims: remedies are available.

Although the driver may have made an honest mistake, other factors are involved in this instance that could have decreased or even removed the risk of accident in the first place. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended the Metro add a Positive Train Control (PTC) system for years. This system is designed to slow a speeding train. Railroad experts note that such a system could have stopped this tragic accident.

The accident is receiving national attention, including a recent CNN report highlighting some of the injuries suffered by passengers. Those who suffered injuries may be eligible to receive compensation through a negligence claim. Negligence is a legal term that refers to the failure of the defendant to operate with due care. In this case, it could be alleged that the railroad failed to operate with due care by not installing proper safety mechanisms.

Whether or not this specific argument will be successful, one thing is clear: those injured in train, bus or taxi accidents can qualify for compensation to help cover costs associated with these injuries. However, claims can be barred by statute of limitation guidelines. As a result, those injured in a public transportation accident should contact an experienced bus and public transportation accident lawyer in a timely manner to help better ensure that their legal rights and remedies are protected.

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