Injuries sustained in a train crash can be catastrophic. In the U.S., there are approximately 3,000 train accidents each year. Injuries occur not only from the physical force of impact that can occur during train accidents, but there may also be added risks, such as exposure to toxic substances that may have been on the train.
In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, John M. Kenney, PC would like to talk to you. Our train crash lawyers would like to offer you a free consultation to discuss your case. Our personal injury law firm represents train passenger, pedestrians, train employees, and motor vehicle occupants that have sustained serious personal injuries in train accidents in both states.
Some Causes of Train Accidents:
- Colliding with another train
- Mechanical failure
- Conductor negligence
- Colliding with a bus, car, or other motor vehicle
- Improperly maintained train tracks
- Faulty crossing lights
- Defective train parts
There are laws in place to determine whether a railroad company can be held liable for personal injuries and deaths that occurred during a train accident. Potential plaintiffs may include regional transportation companies, train manufacturers, certain government bodies, as well as insurance companies. The drivers of cars and other motor vehicles can also be held responsible if their negligence or carelessness led to a train accident and someone got hurt.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a train crash or bus accident, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer immediately. Many times, a common carrier will only have a limited amount of insurance that it can allot to different injured parties. It is very important that you file your personal injury claim right away and explore all avenues of recovery.
FELA for Injured Train and Railroad Employees
Train and railroad employees that get hurt in accidents while on the job cannot sue their employer for personal injury. They are, however, protected under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). FELA provides benefits to workers and their families for injuries sustained in train collisions, on the railroad tracks, due to exposure to hazardous materials, and in other work-related accidents.
Even if a train company or another entity was only partially at fault for causing the injury accident, you are entitled to financial recovery. This is why it is so important that you hire an experience railroad accident attorney who knows how to determine whether a railroad company failed to maintain safety standards at the train station, on the train, or on the railway tracks and if anything could have been done to prevent the injury accident from happening.
To schedule your free consultation with Attorney Kenney, call John M. Kenney, P.C. at (215) 547-3031 or contact us online.