We all have different relationships with trains. Some of us only see them on the tracks while others are regular train riders. However, we know that you never expect to need a train crash lawyer. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a train incident, we are here for you.
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to get to work securing the compensation you need for all of your injury-related expenses.
What can happen in these incidents?
First, we need to point out that there are various groups of people who can be harmed due to incidents with trains, including:
- Train passengers
- Bystanders near a train crash
- Passengers in vehicles impacted by trains
- The general public if a train is carrying hazardous materials and crashes
Regardless of how a train crash occurs and who is affected, it is not uncommon to see the following injuries as a result of a train crash:
- Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
These injuries can cause victims to incur major medical expenses along with various other hidden accident costs (lost income, medical equipment, rehabilitation, emotional and psychological damages, etc.).
How do these incidents occur?
There were approximately 12,000 total train incidents during the latest reporting year in the US. Out of those, there were around 9,000 injuries and 800 fatalities. Pennsylvania still relies on plenty of trains, so we also see our fair share of train incidents.
Every few years, we hear from lawmakers about the need for improved train safety. These pushes usually come on the heels of a major train crash and are then forgotten – until another incident occurs. Because of this, many trains and train tracks are not properly maintained or do not have the technology in place to prevent major incidents from occurring.
Federal and state agencies regulate trains, but they are not the only ones responsible. Train companies must ensure they regularly inspect and maintain each train car as well as the train tracks.
Those tasked with operating a train should always understand all aspects of their job. Under no circumstances should anyone ever operate a train while impaired by drugs or alcohol or while distracted by their phones or other devices.
Moving forward from here
If the negligence of a train operator or owner was responsible for an incident that caused harm to you or a loved one, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are going to be by your side through this. Let our knowledgeable and experienced teamwork to obtain the compensation you need, including:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible