Certain Safety Facets of Train Travel have Decreased
In the past year, train accidents involving fires have doubled. Moreover, hazardous toxic substance leaks caused by train accidents have increased over the last two years. While certain agencies are doling out new train accident safety rules, those same agencies have suppressed data in government reports that project twice as many train derailments will occur over the next several years. The Federal Department of Transportation released new rules last month which will further regulate tank cars carrying crude, ethanol and other flammable liquids. However, it is interesting to note that the NECIR’s findings on train accident safety coincides with a response by the train industry to address the public’s concerns over recent train accidents.
The new tank car federal regulations will permit older, less-safe tank cars to continue to run with the hope they will be less susceptible to accidents. The troubling issue is that if there is an increase in the transport of flammable liquids, there will be an increase in train accidents resulting in serious explosions due to the nature of the toxic leaks.
New Tank Car Rules Challenged
The Department of Transportation’s new rules for tank cars have been challenged in a federal appeals court by a combination of environmental groups, which includes Earthjustice. The coalition is questioning why the agency would acknowledge that there are inferior tank cars on the rails but would allow them to continue to run for the next ten years. Train safety advocates are pushing for stricter regulations for train cars that will be carrying possible hazardous materials, and to no longer allow old train cars to operate on the railroads. If the environmental group’s efforts are successful, train accidents similar to Philadelphia’s Amtrak derailment can be prevented.
Philadelphia Train Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Consider Train Passenger Safety Number One Priority
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