When Is It Not a Good Idea to Ride the Train?

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Recently, the Metro System in Washington DC recorded a number of incidents of injuries involving riders who were intoxicated.

Taking public transport is definitely much safer than operating a car. That is especially true if the person is under the influence of alcohol, However, for a person who is heavily under the influence of alcohol, riding trains could actually be very dangerous, and should probably be avoided.

So, when is it not a good idea to ride the train? Recently, the Metro System in Washington DC recorded a number of incidents of injuries involving riders who were intoxicated. In most of these cases, the riders were severely intoxicated, and in at least one case, the person had a blood-alcohol concentration level that was at least three times the maximum permissible level for operating a car. There were a number of incidents in which intoxicated persons fell onto the rail tracks, or fell down escalators. Some of these persons suffered serious injuries, including head and neck injuries. In one case, surveillance cameras recorded a man, who was walking down an escalator at the station, lost his balance and fell approximately 20 feet below. He suffered head and neck injuries. In another case, passers-by had to help a severely drunk woman, who had stumbled and fallen onto the track bed, get up and off the track.

In fact, so serious have been these incidents that Metro officials recently began warning riders that drinking too much alcohol and riding on the rail system, can could seriously increase their risk of being involved in injuries. Falling onto track beds, falling from escalators, and falling onto platforms-all of these are serious situations, and there is a definite risk of injury, or even death. According to Metro officials, there is not just a risk of getting hit by a train when you fall on a track, but also a serious risk of getting electrocuted.

Public transportation is much safer for people who have had little to drink, and may not trust their driving skills to be 100%. However, if a person is heavily drunk, taking a taxi may be the best option.

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Train Driver Admits to Excessive Speeding, Distractions Before Train Accident

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The driver of a train that crashed in Spain last week killing 39 people, has admitted that the train was travelling at excessive speeds in the moments before the crash.

The driver of a train that crashed in Spain last week killing 39 people, has admitted that the train was traveling at excessive speeds in the moments before the crash.  He is also believed to have admitted that he was having a conversation on a cellphone with the train’s on-board ticket inspector in the seconds before the crash.

Investigators have tried to understand the reasons for the crash, one of the worst in Spanish history.  79 passengers died when the train which was traveling at excessive speeds, went off the rails, and crashed into a wall.  Besides the heavy fatality toll, more than 180 people are believed to have been injured in the accident.  Most of the injured are still in the hospital, and these include many children who remain in a critical condition.  As many as eight foreigners, including an American citizen, died in the accident.

Train accident lawyers have managed to confirm that the train was traveling at excessive speeds in the moments before the crash, and are trying to determine the cause of this.  The drive has also admitted that the train was speeding.  He has also apparently admitted to investigators that he was talking on the phone to the ticket inspector on the train just seconds before the accident.  However, he claims that he hung up the phone just before the crash.  According to his version, he received a call from the ticket inspector, asking which platform to take on arriving at the station, and he attended the call in the seconds before the crash.

The accident seems to have occurred just as the train approached a risky curve, and according to Spanish officials, the driver was required to slow down speeds before reaching the curve, which does not seem to have happened.

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