There is no denying that trains play an integral role in our economy. Not only do they get passengers from place to place, but they haul many of the goods that we rely on. However, you may need a Bethlehem train accident attorney if you or a loved one are injured.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are here if the negligence of a train owner or operator has caused you harm. Let us get to work investigating what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
What can happen in a train incident?
We know that the only time you ever hear about a train crash is when there is a major derailment in the US that makes the news or when we hear about vehicles getting struck. However, they happen more often than many people think. For the latest reporting year in the US, there were around 12,000 total train incidents. These incidents caused almost 9,000 injuries and 800 fatalities.
- In Pennsylvania, there are around 220 freight train incidents a year.
Not every train incident results in a person getting injured, but when injuries do occur, they can be severe. It is not uncommon for us to see the following as a result of a train crash:
- Spinal cord injuries (with possible paralysis)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
Victims of train crashes often face major expenses. This can include massive medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost income if a victim is unable to work, and more. These incidents can put victims and their families in serious financial jeopardy.
How do these incidents occur?
It is vital that state and federal agencies responsible for regulating trains do their jobs. They need to ensure that train companies and operators regularly inspect and maintain their train cars to prevent mechanical failure.
Track defects are a leading cause of train crashes. There are many ways in which tracks can become faulty and there are proper track testing procedures that must be regularly conducted.
Those who operate trains should be qualified and must never operate while distracted by their phones or other devices, and they should never be impaired by drugs or alcohol. Train operators should also operate at or below the allowable speeds for each track and depending on conditions.
We will have your back
We know that the last thing you ever expected was that you or a loved one would be injured in a train crash. However, at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are ready to help. If the negligence of a train owner or operator was the reason for the crash, you might be eligible for compensation. Let us work to secure coverage for the following:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- General household expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against those responsible