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False Signal Inspection Reports Concern Lawyer

The MTA erodes the trust of New York personal injury lawyers after admitting thousands of track signal inspections were falsified.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – January 10, 2011 ­ Over a month ago, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority report found that workers often failed to do required tests and maintenance on New York City subway signals. The same report found that the managers and supervisors of the workers failed to supervise the workers and find ways to prevent them from filing false reports. Now, transit officials concede that more than 90 percent of signal maintenance workers may have been involved in falsifying signal inspections. This systematic failure is greater than this New York personal injury lawyer thought.

Officials couldn’t identify any accidents or specific subway caused personal injury accidents over the last ten years that may have resulted from the faked inspections. According to subway officials, the subway system is still safe despite the lack of inspections and the situation does not endanger lives.

However, as New York personal injury lawyers understand, signals are vital to a safe train system, and working signals are needed to avoid deadly train crashes like the one that killed nine people in Washington, D.C. Signals keep appropriate distances between trains to prevent subway accidents.

New York City transit heads admitted they were unsure of just how many signal reports were faked over the past ten years. Some New York personal injury lawyers see this as a sign that other corners may have been cut by the MTA, some that may endanger lives, especially after New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast said the problem was a “culture problem” and caused by more than a “few lazy workers.”

Allegedly, management was pressuring workers to submit more inspection reports than they could get done in a typical work day.

“Indeed, many of the tests workers need to perform are complicated, but this is no excuse for not doing them. New York City transit officials say there were no train accidents related to the signals but millions were put in danger because of the MTA inspection fraud. The MTA has a responsibility for millions of New Yorkers and visitors,” said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman.

The questions that may be asked by New York personal injury lawyers are: what other corners has the MTA cut? Have other shortcuts resulted in personal injuries to riders?

If you have been injured in a subway accident, you may be able to collect compensation. The New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm provide representation for victims who suffered personal injuries on the New York subway or other MTA mass transit. Attorneys at The Perecman Firm are experienced in handing mass transit personal injury cases in New York.


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