Philadelphia Railroad Accident Lawyer
Statistics have demonstrated that train collisions or derailment occur quite frequently in the United States. Train accidents are often deadly due to the relative speed of trains and the nature of the accident. Human error is by far the greatest contributing factor to these types of incidents. This can be anything from distracted train operators to lack of proper training. The second leading cause of these incidents is track defects. Train accidents can take place while the locomotive is in motion, which typically results in catastrophic and fatal accidents. Railroad accidents can also take place in rail yards while maintenance is being performed on the trains.
When we board a train to go to New York, down south, or anywhere else across the continental US, we never really consider the possibility that something could go wrong on the train, or that this might result in someone getting seriously injured or worse, dying. In fact, those who refuse to fly on a plane will often use trains as their supposedly safer alternative. But the truth is, it is safer to fly.
Nationally, in 2016 there were 265 deaths and 768 injuries from train related accidents. train accidents have a variety of causes:
- Something goes wrong with the train’s operation, either mechanically or due to operator error
- There is an issue at the control center
- There is a defect in the train
- The railroad crossing is not protected, so the train collides with another vehicle, not necessarily a train
- There is a problem with the tracks on which the train are running
While primarily safe, trains have a higher incidence of injury and death than planes do. Of course, when a plane crashes, most of the passengers die. However, the incidence of plane crashes is significantly lower than that of Railroad Accidents. Recently, in the northeast (Washington DC to Maine) we have seen several train accidents where there were a large groups of injuries with some death. Those matters are still pending to this day. If you or a loved one have been involved in a train accident, and have been harmed as a result, call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our personal injury attorneys and staff can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for that harm. Call our office today for a free consultation.
In addition to train accidents, there are a number of accidents which occur with people trespassing on railroad property. In 2016 there were 65 trespassing accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Of the 65, there were 26 deaths and 19 injuries noted in Pennsylvania alone. In New Jersey, there were 20. The status of a person on land determines the duty that the landowner owes them. For example, a person going to board a train is an invitee on the railroad property, while a group of teens sneaking after hours on to the tracks at a crossing would be trespassers, and therefore not owed the same high duty for safety as the person boarding a train.
Nonetheless, if you were injured on railroad property, either by a crash while on a train, or a fall from the poor operation of the train, or even a fall from sneaking onto railroad property, you should retain an attorney to protect your rights. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our attorneys and staff can assist you in collecting the compensation which you deserve. Call or email us today for a free consultation.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.