Train and Railroad Crossing Accident Attorneys in PA, NY, and NJ
If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a train crash or railroad crossing accident, the train accident lawyers at Munley Law are here to help. Since 1959, Munley Law has been the go-to law firm for seriously injured victims and their families in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and nationwide. Unlike other personal injury firms, we have spent decades developing a special focus in cases involving trains, buses, trucks, and other major transportation accidents. We have been named among the Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers and U.S. News and World Report. Our board-certified civil trial advocates have consistently earned the title of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and have received the highest peer and client ratings from Martindale-Hubbell.
Whether you were a passenger on the train, a railroad employee, or a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle involved in the crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and/or death of your loved one. We welcome your inquiries, and will answer your questions free of charge. Chat live, email, or call us at 855-866-5529.
Holding Rail Companies Responsible for a Train Derailment or Railroad Crossing Accident
Train crashes and derailments are relatively uncommon. But, when they do occur, the results can be devastating.
In 2015, some of the deadliest train accidents on record occurred in the United States. On February 3, 2015, six people died in Metro North’s deadliest crash to date. A few months later, at least eight people were killed and dozens more were critically injured when Amtrak Train 188 derailed in Philadelphia.
In September 2016, a commuter train derailed in Hoboken, NJ, leaving one person dead.
Due to the sheer size and speed of locomotives, train accidents almost always result in massive destruction and loss. These cases may involve multiple responsible parties and require in-depth investigations. It is important that you have a knowledgeable and experienced train accident lawyer on your side to preserve evidence, consult with industry experts, and ensure that your rights are protected.
Each year there are more than 3,000 accidents involving trains. Most of these involve a collision with a car, another train or vehicle, a derailment, or a pedestrian at a railroad crossing. Common causes of railroad accidents include:
- Mechanical failure
- Conductor negligence such as distraction, drowsiness, or speeding
- Malfunctioning or absent lights, signals, or gates at crossings
- Improper maintenance of train tracks
- Collision with a car, truck, or bus stopped on, or attempting to cross train tracks
- Collision with another train
Several major rail companies have come under scrutiny for their safety policies. Unfortunately, it often takes a tragedy to prompt these kinds of investigations. Whatever the cause, if any form of negligence contributed to your accident, the responsible parties must be held accountable.
Don’t Wait, Contact Munley Law Now for a Free Consultation
After something as frightening as a train accident, you may want nothing more than to recover and move on. However, you may find yourself facing massive medical bills, time away from work, and physical and emotional suffering. You should not have to bear these burdens alone. A train accident lawyer will help ensure that your costs are covered, so you can move on with true peace of mind.
The company responsible for your accident will have aggressive representation working to minimize the settlement owed to injured victims in the event of a lawsuit. Without legal representation, you risk losing your chance at justice. The attorneys at Munley Law are familiar with the complexities involved in large-scale railroad accidents, and we have decades of experience dealing with big transportation companies. Our attorneys know how important it is to act quickly and preserve evidence in order to prove liability. We have a network of top industry experts and resources at our disposal to achieve the best possible results for you.
Furthermore, we are sensitive to your financial concerns at this difficult time. We charge on a contingent-fee basis, which means that we only collect a fee if we win your case. If we are unable to produce results for you, you will owe us nothing. And, our initial consultation is free, so don’t hesitate to come and speak with a train accident lawyer at Munley Law about your case. Contact us at 855-866-5529. We are available to answer your calls 24/7.
Train Accident Questions and Answers
Q: If I have been in a train accident, or hurt at a railroad crossing, can I sue?
A: If you have been hurt in a train accident due to negligence on the part of the train’s engineer, transportation company, or other involved party, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit on their behalf in order to provide future security for your family. Contact a train accident lawyer at Munley Law to learn more about your legal rights. Every case is different, so the best way to determine the next steps to take is to speak with an experienced attorney. At Munley Law, that initial consultation is free.
Q: What should I do immediately after a train wreck?
A: If you or your loved one have been injured in a train wreck, there are some important steps you can take to protect yourself and to help support your case later on.
- First and foremost, seek medical treatment immediately, even if your injuries do not seem severe.
- If you are able, take photographs of the scene of the accident. Take photos of any visible injuries as well.
- Write down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses at the scene
Q: What should I do in the days following a train wreck?
A: In the days and weeks following a train wreck or railroad crossing accident:
- Be sure to keep track of your medical treatment. Keep a journal of any pain you experience, as well as all doctor visits, medical treatments, physical therapy sessions, and test results.
- Keep a record of any days missed from work, and any other financial expenses you may incur.
- Preserve any video evidence you may have recovered at the scene of the train accident
Q: How much will it cost to hire a train accident lawyer?
A: At Munley Law, we operate on a contingent fee basis. This means that we do not collect a fee (a portion of the settlement or verdict) unless we win your case. You will not have to pay anything up front or out of your own pocket. This way, everyone has access to the best possible legal representation in the event of a catastrophic event like a train wreck or railroad crossing accident.