Philadelphia Train Accident Lawyers
Roughly 3,000 train accidents occur in the United States each year, causing about 1,000 deaths and many more injuries. Passenger trains, commuter trains, subways, commercial trains, freight trains, and cargo trains all have the potential to cause serious injury and/or death in the event of a train accident. Train accidents can happen in a variety of ways, and victims may include passengers, crew members, pedestrians, or people in other vehicles. Determining liability in a train accident can be complicated. All factors contributing to the train accident must be scrutinized, including the design, maintenance, and operation of the railroad tracks and the train. The train conductor’s and crew members’ actions and behavior leading up to the accident must also be investigated.
If you have lost a loved one or been injured in a train accident due to a railroad company’s negligence, Philadelphia personal injury law firm of Galfand Berger can help you obtain justice for your injury or loss. Our train accident lawyers have extensive knowledge in the specific laws and regulations that govern railroad companies, railways, and trains. We will fight aggressively to ensure that those responsible for your injuries or loss are held accountable.
Types of Train Accidents
When a train derails, the effects can be catastrophic, as evidenced by the 2015 Amtrak commuter train derailment in Philadelphia. If a passenger train derails, people are thrown about inside the train resulting in a multitude of serious and fatal injuries. Cargo train derailments can also have devastating consequences. If a train of tanker cars containing toxic chemicals or other hazardous materials derails, and a spill occurs contaminating the environment, nearby residents and everyone in the vicinity could be affected.
Causes of Derailments
- Faulty railroad tracks
- Hazardous railways
- Excessive cargo weight
- Faulty equipment
- Poorly maintained bridges
- Conductor or crew error or negligence
Railroad Crossing Accidents
Railroad crossing accidents occur when a train collides with a pedestrian, car, or other passenger vehicle attempting to cross over the train tracks. A railroad company may be found liable for a railroad crossing accident if one or more of the following conditions are true:
- Gates or signals are defective
- Train conductor neglects to sound the horn when approaching the crossing
- Train lights are not activated when approaching the crossing
- Overgrown plants or other objects cause an obstruction at the crossing
If two powerful locomotives crash into each other, the impact can be extremely traumatic for the people onboard either train. When two trains collide, it is usually due to navigational error, negligence, or malfunction. Railway employee mistakes that result in the collision of two trains may include:
- Failure to switch tracks
- Failure to alert a conductor of rail traffic
- Routing mistakes
Defective/Poorly Designed Trains
Train accidents can also be the result of defects in the train itself. A defective train can be caused by poorly designed train cars, incorrect installation, circuit malfunctions or poor maintenance. Another defect that can result in a fatal train accident is the railcar being outfitted with improper equipment as was the case in a wrongful death lawsuit favorably represented by Galfand Berger attorney, Richard Jurewicz. View that settlement info here.
Even if a train is functioning properly, a deadly train accident can happen. Pedestrians may slip and fall onto railroad tracks or fall off a platform onto subway tracks and be run over by a train.
Railroad companies have a responsibility to ensure public safety and prevent deadly train accidents. All trains and railways should be properly maintained and inspected. Conductors and railroad workers must follow all safety guidelines and procedures.
Philadelphia Train Accident Lawyers at Galfand Berger Successfully Obtain Personal Injury Compensation for Injured Train Accident Victims
If you were injured in a Pennsylvania train accident, or if you lost a family member in a train accident in Philadelphia, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the liable parties. Philadelphia train accident lawyers at Galfand Berger have the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to successfully represent you in your Philadelphia train accident injury claim. Our personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia help injured victims obtain the full and fair compensation they deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact Galfand Berger online or call 1-800-222-USWA (8792) to schedule a free consultation.
Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem and Reading, Pennsylvania allowing us to serve personal injury victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as in Harrisburg and Allentown.