Whether you take a trolley as part of your daily commute or you enjoy long-distance train rides across the country for travel, you never expect to become hurt in a train accident when you step off the platform and onto the train. Enjoying a scenic view as it passes you by on your way to visit friends or family can turn into a harrowing nightmare if the train becomes derailed or collides with another train or vehicle unexpectedly. If you were injured while riding a train or trolley and want to talk about your legal options with a train accident lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. for a cost-free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Train accident facts
According to data published by the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there were 1,625 train accidents in the US in 2017. These accidents resulted in hundreds of injuries and 5 fatalities. The majority of the accidents involved train derailment, with train collision being the least common cause of the accident.
What to do if you are hurt in a train accident
A train accident can be an alarming and shocking experience, leaving injury victims unsure of what steps to take in the aftermath of the accident. Here is what you need to do if you or a loved one are hurt in a train accident:
- Get medical attention immediately. It is crucial to ensure that injuries are treated and that your medical condition is stable after being hurt in an accident. Even if your injuries appear to be minor, it is important to let a medical professional evaluate you in case the shock of the accident has affected your ability to sense pain.
- Document your injuries. Take pictures of injuries and keep copies of medical bills stemming from injury-related treatments and doctor visits. If you were to hurt to work and lost wages because of your injuries, include copies of pay stubs in your file of documentation. Consider gathering contact information from accident witnesses as well.
- Contact an attorney. Discuss your case with a personal injury attorney who specializes in train accident injury litigation. Your attorney can use your file of documentation and your account of the accident to sculpt a legal case for the civil courts.
Drexel Hill train accident attorneys
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our goal is to help accident victims get the compensation they deserve after being injured through no fault of their own. Our attorneys can negotiate a cash settlement on your behalf, and we will push to get you the maximum award available under the law. You may be entitled to recover damages from the liable party, and we can help you pursue the recovery of those funds. Damages are assessed by the courts based on factors such as pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of consortium, and medical care costs from injury-related treatment, and these damages can then be paid out to victims in the form of financial compensation. If you need a train accident lawyer, call us today for a free consultation.