Blog | New Jersey & Pennsylvania Catastrophic Personal Injury Attorneys

Did the Engineer in the Hoboken Train Accident Have Sleep Apnea?

In mid-November, The Associated Press reported that the engineer operating the NJ commuter train involved in September’s deadly Hoboken crash was suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea at the time of the incident. Investigators are not yet sure whether the conductor’s sleep apnea played a part in the Hoboken train accident, which led to over a hundred injuries and one woman’s death. However, because of the revelation, the engineer’s sleep apnea has been added to the list of potential causes of the commuter rail disaster. What’s Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes sufferers to wake up repeatedly when trying to sleep because their airways close up, which leads to them not being able to breath. The condition can result in daytime drowsiness. In 2013, a conductor involved in a deadly New York commuter train crash was later diagnosed with sleep apnea. Does NJ Transit Test Engineers for Sleep…
Read More »

Is Honda Doing Enough to Keep Vehicles with Takata Airbags Off the Road?

Officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently spoke to Honda about the company’s failure to do enough to notify vehicle owners about the recall on Takata airbags. Reportedly, the NHTSA expects Honda to do much more to ensure that the owners of over 300,000 Hondas with defective Takata airbags are tracked down so that the vehicles can be repaired. How Can Honda Do a Better Job of Alerting Owners About Dangerous Takata Airbags? Takata airbags use ammonium nitrate to ignite a small explosion that activates the airbag during a collision. However, if the chemical is exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, it can deteriorate. This leads to the airbags rupturing during car accidents and firing shrapnel at vehicle occupants. As a result, 16 people worldwide, including 11 people in the US, have been killed due to faulty Takata airbags. The issue has led to…
Read More »

Is It Too Dangerous to Ride a New Jersey Transit Train?

According to WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) investigation has unearthed several safety violations within the New Jersey Transit train system. The FRA review began in the spring well before the Hoboken train accident in September that left over 100 injured and claimed one woman’s life. What Types of Safety Violations Were Found on New Jersey Transit’s Trains? The FRA review led to the discovery of the following violations: Failing to have on-board emergency tools Lack of working fire extinguisher aboard trains Transit employees using cell phones at prohibited times Trains being stopped too close to one another Operators failing to blow the train’s horn at crossings Failing to perform brake checks on trains The fact that these kinds of violations are taking place is not acceptable. Many people rely on New Jersey transit trains to commute between work and home. You should not have to worry that…
Read More »