Train accidents are less common than other types of accidents, but they do happen and when they do, Clarion County train and rail accident attorneys know that injuries are often severe and sometimes fatal. Being involved in a train accident is very different from being involved in a motor vehicle accident, not just because of the difference in injuries sustained, but because often the train accident cause is unclear and unknown right after the accident occurs. Injury victims do not necessarily know how the accident happened, who is at fault, and what parties are liable. Discovering answers to these questions often involves extensive investigations conducted by train accident experts.
Train accident attorneys
Only train accident attorneys should handle train accident injury cases because train laws and regulations are complicated. Knowing how to investigate violations of these regulations is often critical in establishing the defendants’ negligence. Having knowledge of train operations and possible liable parties is also critical in order to secure maximum compensation for train accident injury victims.
Common causes and factors leading to train accident injuries
- Dangerous conditions inside the train station, on the platform, or inside the train.
- Train operator error such as speeding or smartphone distractions causing train collisions, derailment, or sudden stops.
- A train company’s negligent hiring of an operator with a criminal history of drug or alcohol abuse.
- Train operator’s medical emergency or undiagnosed medical condition that leads to an accident.
- Damaged or poorly maintained tracks can cause train accidents.
- Defective train parts such as brakes or safety measures and controls may lead to accidents.
- Federal regulation violations such as hours of service or failure to comply with safety requirements.
- Poorly maintained trains can lead to accidents caused by wear and tear on the train.
- Broken track switch causing a collision.
- People, cars, animals, or other train track obstructions. In 2017, Pennsylvania saw 25 train vs. automobile accidents.
Train accident compensation
Train accidents can be physically and financially devastating. Depending on the circumstances of the case, if someone else’s wrongful conduct caused the train accident, compensation may include the following:
- Recovery for personal property that was damaged in the accident.
- Past and current medical bills.
- Future medical bills if continued medical care is expected.
- Lost wages from missing work due to injuries.
- Loss of future earning capacity when debilitating injuries leave victims unable to work or only able to work in a limited capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
- In the case of fatal train accident injuries, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for their own damages caused by losing their loved one.