Train Accidents: What You Need To Know

Hiring a Qualified Train Accident Attorney

New Yorkers travel by train often. They take subways, commute from Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester and Connecticut for work and go to Vermont or travel in the region via Amtrak. Train ridership in New York is at an all-time high in decades. In 2015, the MTA had an annual subway ridership of 1.763 billion, the highest since 1948. In that same year, the LIRR had an annual ridership of 87.65 million, up 2.1% from the previous year and the highest since 1949.

While train travel is generally safe, accidents do happen, and when they do, the damage can be catastrophic. With the increasing number of passengers on trains in New York, disastrous accidents such as train crashes and derailments also tragically result in a much higher number of fatalities and injuries.

The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy have obtained compensation* for many victims of serious accidents, including train accidents. The firm has recovered over $1 Billion for its clients. To find out whether you might be eligible to file a claim after a train accident, call 212-736-5300 or complete our online form to schedule a FREE legal consultation.

Injuries from Train Collisions, Derailment, and Other Train-Related Incidents

Train passengers and crew members can be killed or suffer significant injuries including and not limited to:

  • Death
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Head trauma
  • Amputation
  • Broken limbs
  • Burns
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Aggravation of pre-existing health conditions
  • Blood loss
  • Severe cuts from shattered glass
  • Serious back pain
  • Hearing or eyesight loss

Recovery from such injuries can be slow, and many victims never fully recover. Recovery for the loved ones of victims can also be a very difficult process.

It is the responsibility of the respective Transit Authorities running the trains to ensure that you get to your destination safely. If you were injured in a serious train accident, it is important that you learn about your options. You may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses. Because every case is different, it's important to consult an attorney with experience in such catastrophic events. The lawyer you choose needs to understand the laws governing railways and subways in your state.

Causes of Train Accidents

Train passengers and workers can be hurt in a number of ways including:

  • Train derailment
  • Conductor and other personnel negligence
  • Improper train maintenance
  • Faulty machinery
  • Faulty lighting equipment
  • Train collision with other vehicles
  • Track work dangers
  • Mechanical train failure
  • Icy surfaces on pedestrian platforms
  • Missing warning signs when undergoing work
  • Improper maintenance of buildings in the stations

Filing a lawsuit after a train crash can be complicated. The responsible party may not be obvious. It could be the train crew, the manufacturer of the equipment, the maintenance contractor, the railroad company, the municipality that designed the tracks or a combination of all of these and more. It is important to hire an experienced lawyer right away so that a timely investigation can be commenced. In many states, there is a timeline for filing a notice of claim against the negligent party. You may have limited time to file a lawsuit - that is why it is important to speak with a highly knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.

We invite individuals to contact us for a free and no-obligation consultation to discuss their situation. Call us at 212-736-5300.

Learn About Your Legal Options After A Train Accident

Whatever the cause of their injuries, workers and passengers should learn about their rights and their legal options after an accident or a wrongful death. The railroad accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are trained in counseling and representing clients in matters involving injuries from the following:

  • MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) subway trains
  • LIRR (Long Island Railroad) trains
  • Metro North trains
  • Path (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) trains
  • NJ TRANSIT trains
  • Amtrak trains
  • Light rail trains
  • Freight trains

Whether you are a worker employed by the transit companies, a passenger on the train cars, or a pedestrian waiting at the stations, you are entitled to work and travel safety. In New York, the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) covers railway workers, while subway laborers are protected under The Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Depending on the circumstances of the accident, a number of federal and state laws also protect travelers who take the subway or railroad.

To better understand your legal rights, call us at 212-736-5300 or complete our contact form.

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