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New strategies might increase risk of train accident

Connecticut commuters may have already seen the news about positive train control, the innovative new safety technology that removes a lot of potential for human operator error. Positive train control is to be implemented nationwide by next year. With some railways already utilizing the technology meant to reduce the risk of a train accident, customers and experts have already noticed potential snags. 

Many say that positive train control slows a train down, and this could be bad for business. The use of trains is actually making a comeback, and it is becoming clear that commuting via train to a large city is a way to open up employment opportunities to people who need a job but have no means to make such a commute by personal vehicle. Already, passenger trains carry hard-working people from Connecticut to and from work each day. 

There is now concern that, if the trains begin to run late, people will be unable to explain the tardiness to an employer, and taking the train to work will no longer be a reliable option. One idea is to revamp portions of the tracks across Connecticut, straightening sections that are currently curved. A more direct route could shave time, but experts warn that the curves in the track were designed that way for safety reasons. Changing these design features could increase the risk of a train accident. 

When a person becomes a victim of a train accident, he or she may not know what to do or who to contact to take legal action. Medical bills, loss of wages due to inability to work because of injury, and other financial matters can deeply impact a victim. It might be advisable for a victim to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney can help a victim bring the responsible party to justice in a court of law, and help ensure that a victim knows how to collect any monetary damages to which he or she may be entitled as a result of his or her suffering. 

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