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Houston rethinking safety after commercial vehicle accidents


Over four million people live in the Houston area. A good number of these people have to get to a job five days a week, and just about all of them have to leave the house for various reasons every day. One way the city has attempted to make traveling around the area easier is by adopting certain public transport systems, such as the MetroRail light rail system.

As anyone who has driven in the city of Houston knows, there are various places in town where the Metro system travels on the same surface streets as the motor vehicle traffic. In many cases, drivers must cross Metro tracks to turn at an intersection or to enter a parking lot. Because of this, there has been the potential for accidents between cars and Metro trains, and such crashes have indeed occurred.

According to Metro itself, there have been over 50 accidents involving trains in the downtown corridor. About 36 percent of city-wide Metro accidents have happened in shared lanes, 21 percent downtown, and 15 percent at the Texas Medical Center. Downtown, Capitol Street and Rusk Street appear to be the most dangerous when it comes to potential Metro train accidents.

The relatively high rate of accidents has caused the Metro organization to rethink whether continuing to have trains running in lanes shared by drivers is a good idea. However, until some solution is proposed, accepted and executed, Metro trains will continue to be a danger that Houston drivers will have to face. Those who have been injured due to a commercial vehicle accident, like one with a Metro train, may be entitled to some compensation for their injuries, depending on the circumstances of the crash.

Source: houstonpress.com, "Amid Flurry of Light Rail Accidents with Cars, Metro to Reconsider Shared Lanes," Meagan Flynn, Aug. 2, 2017

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