Are you the victim of a train accident? The injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli are committed to getting justice for those wrongfully injured in train accidents in Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and throughout the state of Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania has 5,145 miles of railroad operated, and 69 freight railroads, more than any other state.
Trains are a popular means of transportation in the United States, carrying millions of passengers each day. More than 30 million people board Amtrak’s nationwide rail network of high-speed trains each year. Amtrak’s busiest routes are in the northeast, with highest passenger volumes in New York’s Penn Station, Philadelphia Amtrak’s 30th Street Station and Washington’s Union Station. Those three stations account for more than half of Amtrak’s annual ridership.
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Statistics
Train collisions, deadly train accidents, derailments, crashes and other railroad accidents occur frequently, injuring thousands each year. The United States Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), statistics show nearly 12,000 train/railroad accidents and incidents each year. The FRA’s Office of Railroad Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the Nation’s railroad industry. In 2014, the FRA reported 1,241 train derailments and 813 train accident deaths.
The FRA reported that human factors, including negligence, are a leading cause of diesel train, Metrolink train, commuter train and other railroad accidents and incidents in the United States. This can include conductor or engineer negligence. If a railroad employee is distracted by cell phone use or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or disregarding speed limits, they are negligent and can be liable for an accident.
FRA’s Top Causes of Railroad Accidents
- Human error
- Equipment Malfunctions
- Track defects
- Signal defects
- Other miscellaneous causes
Equipment malfunctions can include malfunctions of brakes, warning lights, sounds, and gates, faulty communication equipment, and defective or broken rails that can result in derailment.
Train Passenger Injuries
Train accidents can result in severe injuries and death to passengers, workers, those crossing railroad tracks and also innocent bystanders. Train injuries can include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Head and Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Severe Lacerations
- Internal injuries
- Leg injuries
If you or someone you love suffered a spine injury in a train accident, you should contact a spinal cord injury attorney. The spine injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli are experts at fighting to get just compensation for victims of train accidents.
Who is liable for a train accident?
In train accident claims, responsible parties may include the company that owns or operates the train, manufacturers or suppliers of defective train or track parts, train employees or another party that may have contributed to the accident. If a train accident occurred because the railroad company failed to provide safe equipment, proper training or safe conditions, that company may be found negligent and held liable for failing to keep rail passengers and rail workers safe. Negligence could include failing to adequately maintain or inspect equipment, failing to properly mark or maintain railroad crossings, failing to provide the necessary training to train employees, overworking employees, and failing to provide a safe work environment among other things. Negligence can also be found in cases of defective machinery or track defects.
Train Derailment Accidents
A derailment takes place when a train runs off if its rails. An Amtrak derailment that occurred in Philadelphia in May 2015 killed 8 people and injured more than 200 others. Investigators found that the Amtrak train accelerated to a speed of 106 miles per hour in the last minute before the crash. The crash occurred on a curve with a speed limit of only 50 mph. The same week as the Philadelphia Amtrak derailment, a freight train derailed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If you were injured in a crash in Pennsylvania, call a railroad lawyer today.
Train Crossing Accidents
In a statement to Newsweek, an FRA spokesperson said that about every three hours a train hits a person or vehicle. Many accidents occur at train crossings when approaching drivers fail to see an oncoming train due to the lack proper signage, cross signals or gates. Train crossings are the sites of many train truck accidents, car train crashes, and many train crash deaths. The lack of proper warning devices, or trains that are traveling at a high right of speed through crossing areas, can mean disaster for unsuspecting drivers or pedestrians trying to cross tracks at train crossings. Many of these innocent victims are unaware that a train is approaching until it is too late, and these dangerous train accidents can often result in death. If you have been injured in a train crossing crash and want to file an accident claim, you should call a railroad accident lawyer at Fellerman & Ciarimboli in Philadelphia or Wilkes-Barre today.
In addition to train derailments and train crossing accidents, trains can also collide with other trains or objects in rail yards or on tracks and cause accidents resulting in severe injuries.
Railroad Worker Injuries
Working for a railroad can be a very dangerous job, and railroad workers sustain a high rate of injuries. Some of the most dangerous jobs held with a railroad are brake, signal and switch operators. Many serious injuries and railroad worker fatalities could be avoided is the railroad company took adequate safety precautions. Many railroad workers who have been injured on the job have filed injury claims. If you are a railroad worker who has been seriously injured, contact a railroad injury lawyer today. Some of the most prevalent injuries/accidents include:
- Injuries from slip and falls
- Injuries from being struck by a railway vehicle or another object
- Railroad ballast accidents
- Hearing loss
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head, neck and back injuries
- Knee injuries
- Vibration injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Mesothelioma/lung cancer
In its 2015 publication of the Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) listed Positive Train Control (PTC), a technology that can stop rail accidents before they happen. PTC is a set of highly advanced technologies designed to automatically stop or slow a train before certain types of accidents, such as train to train collisions, derailments, and movement of a train through a track switch left in the wrong position. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandates that Positive Train Control be implemented across a significant portion of the rail industry in the United States by the end of 2015. This technology most likely could have prevented the Philadelphia Amtrak crash had it been implemented. Amtrak also announced after the Philadelphia train crash that it would begin installing inward facing cameras aboard its locomotives, to enable them to see what transpires inside the cab of a train.
Hire the right train accident lawyer. Hire Fellerman & Ciarimboli.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a train accident on Amtrak in Philadelphia or on a train anywhere in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia train lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli can help. We also handle cases for victims of a subway train, SEPTA, and other accidents. Getting skilled representation is imperative in a train accident case and when filing a train accident lawsuit. Our experienced train accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, including lost wages, medical expenses, emotional pain and suffering, disability and loss of quality of life. Our experienced team of train accident litigators is ready to fight the biggest railroad companies, including Amtrak, to get you the justice you deserve. Whether you are an injured railroad worker or an injured train passenger, Fellerman & Ciarimboli is on your side.
Call the Philadelphia train crash lawyers today for a free consultation
The railroad accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli in Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre know how devastating a Pennsylvania train crash can be for victims and their families. Train and railroad law is very complex and we understand and are experienced with the laws regarding train accidents. Whether you were a passenger in an Amtrak train that derailed, an injured railroad worker, the victim of a truck-train crash or a train and car crash, a pedestrian that was injured on a train track, or the victim of a SEPTA accident, our experienced team of train attorneys is here to aggressively fight for your rights. Train accidents can result in lengthy investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board and other authorities. It can mean a long waiting game for victims. We will be on your side through the entire process and help you maximize your compensation.
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With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.