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.
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.
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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.
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.
Train and rail accidents can result from various factors, including human error, mechanical failure, track defects, signal malfunctions, poor maintenance, or collisions with vehicles at railroad crossings. The experienced attorneys at Laffey, Bucci & Kent can help determine the cause of a train accident and identify the responsible parties to hold them accountable for any injuries or damages.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, multiple parties could potentially be held responsible for train and rail accident injuries. These may include train operators, railway companies, train or track equipment manufacturers, maintenance companies, or other negligent parties. Our attorneys at Laffey, Bucci & Kent can help you identify the liable parties and pursue compensation for your injuries.
Train and rail accidents can result in various injuries, ranging from minor to severe or even fatal. Common injuries include fractures, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, internal organ damage, and psychological trauma. The attorneys at Laffey, Bucci & Kent can help you seek compensation for your injuries and any associated medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a train or rail accident, it’s essential to prioritize your health and safety. Seek immediate medical attention and report the accident to the appropriate authorities. Document any injuries, damages, and the accident scene, if possible. Avoid discussing the accident or your injuries with insurance companies or other parties without first consulting an experienced train and rail accident attorney like those at Laffey, Bucci & Kent.
The statute of limitations for train and rail accident claims varies by state and the type of claim you are filing. Generally, you have a limited time from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for personal injury or property damage. It’s crucial to consult with a knowledgeable train and rail accident attorney like those at Laffey, Bucci & Kent to ensure that your claim is filed within the applicable time limits.
The experienced attorneys at Laffey, Bucci & Kent can guide you through the complex legal process, identify the liable parties, gather and preserve crucial evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and advocate for your best interests in court if necessary. We are committed to helping you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages resulting from a train or rail accident.
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