RTD Light Rail Accidents

Posted Tue 19th Feb, 2019 | by | on Accident Law Firm, Injury Law Firm, Legal Insights | Accidents Law Firm, Denver injury attorney, Denver personal injury attorney, Kidneigh Kaufman, light rail, rtd

RTD Light Rail Accidents

The light rail is a safe and convenient way of travel for anyone living in the Denver area. With multiple stops throughout Denver, the light rail provides a way for people to avoid traffic, spend less money, and reduce their carbon footprint. However, that does not mean that the light rail is free from danger. Even though it remains a safe way of transportation, there are many ways that people can be injured in a light rail accident.

HOW ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN

In some cases, accidents can happen because of product defects or mechanical failure. Since the light rail is electric, there can also be electrical malfunctions that could cause harm to the passengers of the light rail or cause collisions with traffic. The light rail moves at an average speed of just under 20 miles per hour. Even at these speeds, a sudden stop due to a malfunction could cause a rider to fall or lose their balance.  Even when riding the light rail, it is important to pay attention and make sure that you hold on to something as the train can stop suddenly and without warning.

PAY ATTENTION AND BE CAREFUL 

People who are not even passengers on the light rail can also be injured in accidents involving the light rail.  Specifically, cars and pedestrians can be hit by the light rail if they are not paying attention. Most often this is due, to drivers and pedestrians who are not paying attention. The light rail generally moves at a pace just under 20 mph and takes time to slow down or stop. It is critical that drivers and pedestrians pay close attention at any light rail crossing.  Just as you would at an intersection, drivers and pedestrians should look both ways before proceeding across a light rail crossing.  When drivers and pedestrians see or hear the train coming, they should wait for the train to pass .    The light rail is still a train and any type of accident or collision involving light rail can result in critical injuries to both passengers and drivers and pedestrians.    Almost all accidents involving RTD or light rail implicate the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA) so it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one is injured in a light rail accident.

So, it is important to stay safe around the light rail. If you are walking, pay attention to who has the right-of-way and don’t walk in front of a moving light rail. If you are driving, pay attention to the warnings and don’t try to beat the light rail across the tracks. The light rail is an amazing resource for people in Denver, but it isn’t free from danger.  For more information on light rail in Denver, please go to RTD’s website for more helpful information:  http://www.rtd-denver.com/HowToRideLR.shtml  

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an accident regarding the light rail, please call the attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman, P.C.