In many places around the United States, trains are a thing of the past. Many people go most of their lives without ever seeing a working train. In Pennsylvania, however, we tell a different story. We have been and continue to be an industrial state that relies on trains. They serve us for commercial transportation purposes as well as passenger services.
Do you know where to turn if you are injured in a train accident? At the SMT Legal, we understand the laws and complications involved in dealing with these cases and we want to help. Our qualified and experienced team will work to recover the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an accident. When you need a train and rail accident lawyer, we are here for you.
What Can Happen
When you look at a map of Pennsylvania’s train and rail tracks, you will see just how much this state relies on trains. Born of the steel industry, they now have many uses and are active. Plenty of passengers use trains on a daily basis for both long and short-distance rides.
However, accidents involving trains are usually devastating. They can cause a massive amount of property damage as well as catastrophic injuries to passengers as well as people around the accident site. If a train is hauling hazardous materials, a crash can quickly become a regional disaster.
The Federal Railroad Administration says that in 2017 there were nearly 12,000 total train incidents. These accidents cause:
- Over 800 fatalities
- Nearly 9,000 injuries
There have been major efforts over the last decade to improve train and rail safety standards across the country. These efforts, however, have taken a long time to see anything come to fruition. It is important that the agencies responsible for both trains and rail lines to perform regular inspections and maintenance to ensure that everything is in working order.
Train operators should also be fully trained to do their jobs. They should always follow all laws regarding speeds and safety measures and never be distracted by their phones or other devices while they are working. Under no circumstances should they ever be impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Injuries from train accidents and derailments can bring devastation to so many people and families. If negligence played a part in a crash, the person or agency responsible needs to be held accountable for their actions.
What Are Your Options?
We know that the last thing you planned on was getting injured in a train accident. However, if you have been hurt, you can count on the SMT Legal to be by your side. We will work tirelessly to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Current and future income loss
- Punitive damages