There is a good chance you remember the major derailment last August that happened near Station Square. Several Norfolk Southern double-stacked train cars flew off the tracks and crashed into Port Authority buildings. Thankfully, nobody was injured but we know this could have been much worse in terms of injuries and loss of life. Now, however, the Port Authority is seeking $3 million in damages from Norfolk Southern.
At SMT Legal, we know that train derailments happen and that they have the potential to cause serious harm. Whether we are talking about passenger trains, public transportation trains, or cargo haulers, the potential for disaster is there. If you need a Pittsburgh train accident attorney, you can count on our team to be by your side.
It Can Happen
The August derailment was a wakeup call to many people who began asking, “What if that was a passenger train? What if this happened in an area with a crowd?”
In a statement, Norfolk Southern said that the incident was caused by a broken rail. We know that the Port Authority and Norfolk Southern will likely go back and forth over who is responsible, but we need to point out that, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were nearly 12,000 total train incidents in 2017. In these incidents, over 800 people were killed and almost 9,000 people were injured.
Pittsburgh is a city that was one of the epicenters of this country’s railroad history. While many people do not think about trains as still being a major part of our lives, the people in and around this city know they still play a role.
What can go wrong?
Over the last few years, there has been a push by Congress to improve the safety of this country’s railways, after a spat of major train accidents. The aging railroad infrastructure benefits nobody. There should be constant inspections and ongoing maintenance of every track and railroad car that is used. In the story above, if a broken rail was indeed to blame, when was the last time inspectors went through that area before the crash?
It is also vital that all train operators are well-trained, never distracted, and never impaired. We have seen too many cases in which train and light rail operators were negligent in their duties leading up to a crash.
If You Are Injured
In the aftermath of a train accident that causes you harm, the last thing you need to be focused on is whether or not you will be able to afford your expenses. At SMT Legal, we will step in and help so you can put your energy into healing.
Our qualified and experienced team will work to secure the following compensation:
- Coverage for your medical bills
- Recovery of lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against the responsible party