Train and Railroad Crossing Accident Attorneys in PA, NY, and NJ
One of the oldest forms of transportation in the country, trains are still used today as a means of travel in the United States. Although it is widely considered to be a safe form of travel, crashes and derailments frequently occur, causing hundreds of injuries and taking lives. If you get into an accident while riding on a train, what should your next steps be?
If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed in a train wreck or railroad crossing accident, contact a train accident lawyer at Munley Law. For more than 50 years, the team of lawyers at Munley Law have been national leaders in personal injury law and we have successfully represented people injured and killed in railroad 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. The members of our team have consistently earned the title of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and have received Preeminent peer ratings from Martindale-Hubbell. Several members of our firm have been named to the Nation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers and to the Million and Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forums.
Whether you were a passenger on the train, a railroad employee, or a driver or passenger of 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 we are available to talk with you immediately and answer any questions you may have.
Railroad and Train Accident Causes
In 2015, some of the deadliest train accidents on record occurred in the United States. On February 3, 2015, six people were killed 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.
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 approximately 3,000 accidents involving trains. Most of these involve a collision with another train or vehicle, a derailment, or an accident with a pedestrian at a railroad crossing. Common causes of railroad accidents include:
- Mechanical failure
- Conductor negligence such as distraction, drowsiness, or unsafe speed
- 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.
Don’t Wait, Contact Munley Law Now
The entities responsible for the train involved in your accident will have aggressive representation working to minimize the settlement owed to you in the event of a lawsuit. It is vital that you have an experienced attorney to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. 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. We know how important it is to act quickly and to preserve evidence from the scene of the accident. We have a network of top industry experts and resources at our disposal to achieve the best possible results for you. We know railroads and the railroad industry and can immediately put this expertise to work for you.
Furthermore, we are sensitive to your financial worries in the aftermath of an accident. 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 one of our attorneys 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 or a loved one has been killed in a railroad 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 and death. Contact a lawyer at Munley Law as soon as you are able 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 lawyer?
A: At Munley Law, we operate on a contingent fee basis. This means that we do not collect a fee (a portion of any benefits obtained on your behalf) 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.