On February 3, 2015, a tragic train-SUV collision in Valhalla, New York took the lives of six people. Now the widow of one of the victims is planning to sue Metro-North, the town of Mount Pleasant, and Westchester County for $25 million.
According to the claim filed on behalf of the widow, her husband suffered severe burns, lacerations, and other physical trauma in the fiery crash. The notice of intent, filed on April 29, alleges that he experienced pain and suffering prior to his death.
The claim also alleges that Metro-North neglected to:
- Provide adequate lighting and safe crossing gates
- Inspect and maintain the third rail, which was severely damaged during the crash
- Respond to state recommendations to redesign the crossing after a similar crash in 1984
- Prioritize safety over timeliness
- Install adequate brakes
- Ensure that the train engineer was in a state to properly operate the train
The claims against Westchester County and the town of Mount Pleasant allege similar acts of negligence.
This is the second claim filed in connection with the collision. On May 4, Attorney Philip Russotti of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP filed a notice of claim on behalf of the family of the SUV driver killed in the accident.
If you or someone you love has been killed in a New York train accident, you have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help you establish your claim and get you the rightful compensation you need to cope with the lasting damage. To schedule a free consultation with one of our dedicated legal staff, call (212) 986-7353.