Train accidents can occur for a number of different reasons. But whether a train collides with another object, stops suddenly and with force, or comes off its tracks for another reason, passengers may suffer severe injuries in all cases. If you have been involved in a train accident, our Allentown train accident attorneys at van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin are available to talk about your case now and provide you with the qualified legal representation you deserve.
Injuries from a Train Accident Can Be Serious
Injuries from a train accident can be very serious, in large part because unlike motor vehicles, passengers are not secured when riding within a train. This means that if a train collides or derails, passengers may be flung out of their seats and collide with other passengers, the train’s walls or seats, and other objects. Of course, an even more tragic situation is one in which a person outside of the train is hit, either when acting as a pedestrian or a driver or passenger within a passenger car.
Serious injuries that may be the result of a train accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Back and neck injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Internal injuries;
- Amputation injuries; and
- Severe emotional distress and psychological injuries – being the victim of a train accident can be very traumatic.
Potentially Liable Parties in a Train Accident
As your Allentown train accident lawyers, part of our job is identifying all potentially-liable parties. The more potentially-liable parties we are able to identify, the more sources of compensation that are potentially available to you. Examples of parties who may be liable include:
- Train conductor or other train company employee;
- Party responsible for rail or train maintenance;
- Train company;
- A third party (for example, if an individual assaults the conductor or assaults you on the train, this party may be liable for any injuries that result); and
- A third party driver, such as a driver who fails to yield to a crossing train, leading to a collision.
Damages Recoverable in a Train Accident Claim
Not only do we work hard to identify all potentially-liable parties, but all types of damages available to you as well. Damages that you may be able to recover in a train accident claim include compensation for your:
- Medical expenses, past and future;
- Lost wages,
- Suffering; and
- Emotional distress.
In fact, you have the right to seek compensation for the full value of all of your economic and noneconomic losses.
Why Work with our Allentown Train Accident Attorneys
If you are injured in a train accident, don’t wait to take steps towards recovery. Our lawyers can help. We have been representing accident victims for decades and have recovered millions of dollars on the behalf of our clients. Not only are we skilled investigators and negotiators, but also talented litigators who aren’t intimidated by the prospect of going to court.
If you need legal representation, you can count on us. Call us today or send us a message to schedule your free consultation.