When you head out for the day, we know that one of the last things on your mind is the idea that you may get injured due to a train incident. However, when you consider that we have plenty of train in Pennsylvania, the chances are bit higher than you think. Whether you are a regular train rider or not, do you know what to do it you are affected by a train crash?
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are ready to help when you need a train accident attorney. Our team will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen
Most people do not realize just how many trains still operate in Pennsylvania. This is still an industrial state that relies on these trains to keep the economy flowing smoothly. Keep in mind, there are also plenty of passenger trains as well, whether they include light rail or services like Amtrak.
We know that when a train is involved in an accident, the results can be devastating for any passengers they have on board as well as anyone around the train. Trains are massive vehicles and a crash tends to keep going until all the energy is dissipated. They move everything out of their way and trains can cause mass casualty events.
What could make the situation worse is if a train is carrying hazardous materials? This means that the area affected could end up being much larger than the initial crash site.
- According to the Federal Railroad Administration, in 2017 there were nearly 12,000 total train incidents.
- As a result of these incidents, there were over 800 fatalities and nearly 9,000 injuries.
That is why it is absolutely vital that train companies and agencies regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. If they fail to do so, major mechanical problems can occur that cause the train to fail at high speeds. It is also important that train tracks are regularly checked for irregularities.
Train operators should also operate responsibly. This includes:
- Not operating while impaired b drugs or alcohol
- Never be distracted by a phone or other devices
- Following all laws and regulations regarding train safety
What You Can Do
If you or someone you love has been injured in a train accident that was caused by the negligence of another individual, company, or agency, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our team is ready to step in and help you secure the compensation you deserve. We know this means dealing with insurance companies as well as train and government agencies.
When we take your case, we are looking to get coverage for:
- Your medical expenses
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Punitive damages against the party responsible
- Pain and suffering damages