Taking a train, be it a cross-country trip for business or leisure or a commuter train to save on transportation costs as you go to and from work, can be a cost-effective and relaxing means of travel. However, when train accidents happen, bedlam can ensue. The large size of trains makes them destructive when they become involved in accidents, whether due to collision or derailment or any other means. If you or a loved one were hurt in a train accident and want to discuss your legal rights as an accident victim with a train accident lawyer in Allentown, the expert personal injury team at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you get informed and take legal action.
What to do after the accident happens
If you are injured in a train accident, here is what you need to do:
- Get immediate medical assistance and treatment for your injuries
- When your medical condition is stable, document your injuries and the circumstances surrounding the accident and your becoming injured (take photos of injuries and any personal property that was damaged, keep copies of bills showing medical expenses and copies of pay stubs showing wages lost as a result of being too injured to go back to work, etc.)
- Contact an attorney to learn more about your legal options as an accident injury victim
Negligence can play a role in train accidents
If an engineer is fatigued or intoxicated while operating their train and this results in getting into a train accident, that engineer and the train company can be held liable for any damages to persons or property resulting from that negligence. If poor track or train maintenance is determined to have caused a derailment accident and you are hurt, you can sue the train operators for damages related to your injuries.
Train accident injury facts
According to data released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, five people died as a result of train accidents in 2017, and while this number is down from the prior year (eight deaths in 2016 on American railways), we believe that one fatality is still one too many. More than 300 people were injured in train accidents in 2017, with the majority of those injuries resulting from train derailments.
We can help you file a claim if you were injured
If you need a train accident lawyer in Allentown, the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can assist you with filing a lawsuit. Personal injuries can leave a lasting impact on the lives of those who have suffered them, and we want to help you pursue the recovery of damages in civil court. Damages are assessed based on a variety of injury-related factors such as extent of injury, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of wages and loss of quality of life. These damages may then be issued to you in the form of cash compensation from the party that was deemed liable for your injuries. Call today for a free consultation.