Just last week, train No. 188 derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people
and injuring hundreds more. The investigation into the accident is still
under way; preliminary reports indicate that excessive speed may have
contributed to the accident.
Since this derailment happened only last week, most readers probably are
fully aware about the event. Derailments such as this one are not foreign
to the history of the American railroad. Recall back to 2008 in California
when twenty-five people were killed and hundreds of people were injured
when one train collided head on with another train. The crash was reportedly
caused by a train conductor’s failure to obey railroad signals because
he was texting while operating the train.
Experienced Poughkeepsie personal injury attorneys will never forget these tragic events. Hopefully, the victims and their
families will recover from the trauma and pain associated with the accidents.
The two accidents above involve derailments; one from possible excessive
speed that did not involve another train or vehicle, and the other was
the direct result of a head on multi-train collision. Derailments happen,
obviously, but they are not too common.
More common are accidents that which involve a collision between a train
and a motor vehicle. Collisions between train and pedestrians are another
type of train accident.
train accident is a derailment, train on train accident, train versus motor vehicle collision,
or a train versus pedestrian accident, the collisions are typically the
result of a failure to obey some sort of rule, regulation, or safety precaution.
In short, the accident was preventable.
In some cases, the train employee or train company failed to follow a rule
and the end result was death or injury to passengers, employees, and pedestrians.
Other times, another party is responsible for the accident; for example,
a car weaves around railroad barricades to cross tracks before the train
passes. Sometimes, all parties involved in the collision are somewhat to blame.
In any event, a train collision and/or derailment is a major catastrophic
event. Deaths are highly likely; serious injury is an even greater likelihood;
property and environmental damage is extensive. Physical injuries, economic
losses, property damages, and the like can be compensated for by suing
the train company and other parties that caused the accident. Families
can even seek compensation for the death of a loved one.
Learn more about train accidents causing serious injuries and death in
our latest article posted here. Read more about recent train crash prompting investigation after deaths
and injuries due to negligence in
our blog posted here. Learn more about train accidents and liability in
our blog posted here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
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