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 an accident. Train accidents can happen in a variety of ways, and victims may include passengers, crewmembers, pedestrians or people in other vehicles.
Determining liability in a train accident can be a complicated process. 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 crewmembers’ 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 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, resulting in a multitude of serious and sometimes 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 can 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 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 can 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 train can be defective because of 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. To read more, you can view that settlement info here.
Even if a train is functioning properly, a deadly train accident can still occur. 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 from happening. All trains and railways should be properly maintained and inspected. Conductors and railroad workers must follow all safety guidelines and procedures to decrease the chances of a dangerous and deadly accident from occurring.
Philadelphia Train Accident Lawyers at Galfand Berger Successfully Obtain Personal Injury Compensation for Injured Train Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.