Train accidents are not as common as car, truck or pedestrian accidents. However, in the Northeast region, which includes Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and New York, train accidents and injuries are very common. In the Northeast region, especially in large cities like New York or Philadelphia, people ride trains to commute for work or for leisure. Millions of people ride both national train lines and local regional rail lines each day.
When train accidents and derailments occur, they are often deadly. This is due to the relative speed of trains and the nature of train accidents. Train accidents almost always involve the train coming into contact with another object. Consequently train accidents are often major, catastrophic events. The loss of life is devastating, and countless lives are affected.
While there are multiple factors which may contribute to a train accident, oftentimes, the train operator’s negligence is the sole cause. For instance, in 2008, a commuter train accident in California occurred due to the train operator’s use of a phone to text. That train accident resulted in 25 deaths and injuries to a staggering 135 train passengers.
Other causes of train accidents include aging infrastructure, defective products/component parts of a train, or negligent maintenance of a train. In these instances, companies other than the train operating company may be held liable. For instance, a train engine manufacturer or parts manufacturer may be liable for a defective part.
In train accident situations, experts are often needed to analyze the train accident and determine how and why the accident occurred. This applies to train derailments, train and car collisions, and train explosions/fires.
Legal Rights for Train Accident Injuries
Individuals injured due to a train accident have legal rights to financial compensation. In addition, pedestrians and drivers of cars who are injured due to train accidents may also have legal rights to financial compensation. Injured individuals may receive financial compensation for pain and suffering. In addition, claims may be made for past economic losses such as medical bills and lost wages.
Claims may also be made for future economic losses. For instance, a train accident results in a passenger’s leg fracture. The fracture is serious and requires multiple surgeries. The individual will require ongoing medical care for the rest of her life. Here, claims may be made for future medical bills, related expenses, and pain and suffering.
Surviving family members of an individual who is killed in a train accident may file a wrongful death and survival action against the train operating company. Damage claims often include economic losses like medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of the deceased person’s income, etc.
It is important to note that federal and state laws may limit the ability to seek full financial recovery. Therefore, it is crucial to file a claim quickly to ensure maximum compensation.
Results by Our Philadelphia Accident Lawyers
- $9 million – Auto crash where the accident resulted in a passenger’s permanent quadriplegic injuries
- $4.4 million – Two passengers killed and another injured after a roadway crash
Help for Those Injured in Train Accidents
At the Philadelphia accident and injury law firm of Laffey, Bucci & Kent, our experienced attorneys are committed to providing quality representation and individual attention to their clients and their clients’ families.
If you or a loved one was seriously hurt or killed in a train accident in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York, contact our experienced, highly rated accident and injury attorneys for a free, confidential consultation.
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