Lancaster Train Accident Attorney
From large passenger trains like Amtrak to local commuter trains like SEPTA and PATCO, trains are a convenient way of travel for many Americans. Trains are usually a safe mode of transportation. But when a train gets into an accident or derails, the results can be catastrophic. If you were injured or if a loved one was killed in a train derailment or crash, you need a knowledgeable lawyer on your side. A Lancaster train accident attorney at Haggerty Silverman & Justice will protect your rights during this confusing and stressful time.
Amtrak Derailments and Accidents
Since trains often carry a large number of passengers, many people are at risk for severe injuries or even death in the event of a crash. Pennsylvania and Amtrak are no strangers to train accidents. We have seen serious Amtrak derailments in PA. A speeding Amtrak train was involved in the May 2015 derailment which killed eight passengers and injured over 200. An April 2016 Amtrak derailment in Chester, Pennsylvania was caused by a backhoe on the tracks. 37 passengers were injured and two track workers on the backhoe were killed.
Types of Train Accidents
There are several types of train accidents including:
- Collision with car
- Collision with pedestrian
- Collision with another train
- Railroad crossing accidents
- Railroad worker accidents
Causes of Train Accidents
Train accidents can be caused by many factors. Common causes include:
- Mechanical and electrical failures
- Train operator negligence
- Unsafe work environment
- Faulty tracks
- Obstacles on the tracks
- Unprotected crossings
- Defective parts
Train operators must be alert at all times. When a train operator causes a crash because he or she fell asleep, was distracted, or was under the influence of alcohol, he or she may be held liable. It’s also important that the train and tracks are inspected and maintained. If the train maintenance company fails to fix a known issue, it may be held liable in the event of a crash.
Train Accident Lawyers in Lancaster Pennsylvania
If you suffered an injury in a train crash, you may be faced with expensive medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and emotional distress. A compassionate lawyer at Haggerty Silverman & Justice in Lancaster, PA will fight to get you compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation with a train accident attorney, call us at 717-397-3200 or fill out our online contact form.