Train Accident Attorney SEPTA/FELA Lawyer

There are about 3,000 train accidents that result in about 1,000 deaths each year. Even a “minor” incident with a train can cause catastrophic injury or death due to the massive size and weight.

Train accident victims
A train accident can affect just one person, such as when someone slips off a platform and is run over by a train, or they can affect an entire community such as with a toxic chemical spill. When passenger trains derail, there are often hundreds of victims.

Train accident victims can include:

  • Train passengers
  • Pedestrians and bystanders
  • Drivers and passengers of other vehicles
  • Railroad workers

 

Types of train accidents

Train accidents can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Derailments
  • Train/train collisions
  • Train/car collisions
  • Railroad crossing accidents
  • Railroad accidents

 

Railroad crossing accidents
Railroad crossing accidents can involve cars or trucks being struck or pedestrians being run over. People have even been known to take their own lives by parking on a railroad crossing and waiting for a train. Common causes of railroad crossing accidents include:

  • Defective signals or gates
  • Trains that fail to sound their horns when approaching crossings
  • Trains that fail to use their lights when approaching crossings
  • Trains parked too close to a crossing
  • Crossings obstructed by plants and other objects
  • Objects protruding from the train

 

Derailments
Derailments cause the most widespread damage. Train derailments are almost always the result of failure to follow established safety standards but may also be caused by:

  • Faulty tracks
  • Obstacles on the tracks
  • Faulty equipment
  • Too much cargo weight

Train accidents do not always involve a collision or derailment. Pedestrians and bystanders can slip and fall under trains and be crushed. Any lawsuit where a train or railroad is involved requires the special expertise of an experienced train accident attorney.

Contact Us Today

We have successfully represented victims of train accidents and/or injured railroad workers against some of the largest railroads in the country, including Metrolink, Union Pacific and Amtrak.

Best of all, if you choose us to represent you, you only pay fees if you win. That’s because we work on a contingency fee basis. Call our train accident attorneys at the Pisanchyn Law Firm for your free consultation, 1-800-444-5309. We have offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton and will travel to you.