For many in the United States, trains are a thing of the past, but Pennsylvania residents know better. From the birth of the steel industry here until now, trains have been a way of life. Many people are surprised how many we still have in operation, carrying both people and goods around our state and beyond.
But do you know what to do if you are injured in a train incident, whether as a passenger or a bystander?
If you need a train accident attorney, you can count on the team at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to be by your side, fighting to secure the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen
If you look at a map of railroads in Pennsylvania, you can see just how extensive the network is. But have you ever considered how much damage can occur in the event of an accident?
In 2017, there were over 1,500 train accidents in the United States. Many of those accidents were derailments. While we know that these accidents are statistically rare, we also know that they can cause mass casualty incidents with major injuries.
Often, these train accidents occur because of the negligence of a train operator or the companies and agencies responsible for overseeing them.
The railroad infrastructure in the United States is aging, a concern that many have become aware of over the last few years with major accidents occurring in different parts of the country. If railroad tracks and the trains themselves are not regularly inspected and maintained, accidents are much more likely to happen.
Train operators should always be well-trained and undergo continual safety training. They should never operate while distracted by their phones or other devices. They should also never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
These vehicles weigh so much that, when a crash does happen, the momentum keeps them going. A derailment can seriously injure passengers as well as people near the tracks.
If a train is carrying hazardous materials, then a crash can become dangerous for entire communities around the accident site.
Your Options Moving Forward
In the aftermath of a train accident, it can be confusing. How do you find a way to move forward after an incident that was so unexpected? Train accident victims and their families often need help. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are standing by, waiting for your call.
We know that you will have many expenses in the aftermath of an accident that causes injuries. We will work with insurance companies, the train agency, and other parties to ensure you receive compensation for the following:
- Your accident-related medical expenses
- Money for income if your injuries keep you from working
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against a train company and operator
- Funeral and burial expenses (if death occurs)