If You Have Been Hurt in a Train Accident, Call Alonso Krangle, LLP Today to Get Help Collecting Compensation for Your Injuries
Railroad Accidents Are Complex, and an Experienced New York Attorney Can Help
There are thousands of train accidents each year. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were over 11,000 railroad accidents/incidents in 2018. These accidents caused hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries to drivers, railroad passengers, workers, and bystanders. https://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/publicsite/Query/AccidentByRegionStateCounty.aspx
Train crashes are complicated for a variety of reasons. Freight trains and passenger trains are highly regulated by complicated rules and laws, government agencies, and corporations. A single negligent act can cause an accident to occur months or years later. There are often multiple parties responsible for a railroad accident. Compiling and analyzing all of the facts takes skill and patience. Insurance companies, in the meantime, may be pushing to settle train accident claims for as little as they can, leaving victims without the compensation they need.
If you suffered injuries in a railroad accident, contact our attorneys at Alonso Krangle, LLP today and find out how we can help you navigate your claim. You need to have someone advocating for your legal rights, to collect the fair compensation you deserve.
Types of Train Accidents Seen in New York and the North East
All train accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and damage. We have all seen pictures of passenger trains derailing or hitting cars at railroad crossings. But these accidents represent only a portion of the railroad accidents that actually occur. There are actually a wide range of injuries caused by train accidents, which may be caused by:
- Defective signals
- Defective gates
- Car/train collisions
- Train/Train crashes
- Obstacles on tracks
- Defective train equipment
- Defective tracks
- Train crossings
- Trains and pedestrians
- Passenger trains
- Freight trains
If you were hurt in a train accident, seek help from a lawyer experienced in handling train crash cases. Contact Alonso Krangle, LLP to ensure you have a strong New York attorney fighting for your right to recover compensation.
Negligent Acts that Can Cause Railroad Accidents
Determining the cause of a train crash is not easy. There may be dozens of factors that play into an accident, and dozens of parties that may each be responsible in some way. When you consider the level of regulation governing railroads in the US, determining if and when negligence occurred and whether it caused the crash is a task best left to those with experience.
Railroads Have a Legal Duty to Protect the Public
Railroads have legal obligations and owe a duty of care to their passengers, employees, and the public. When that duty is violated, and results in an accident and injuries, that party can be held liable. Common ways that negligence causes train accidents include:
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving the train while distracted
- Failing to train employees
- Failing to supervise employees
- Negligently hiring employees
- Violating industry standards, rules or regulations
Negligence related to equipment (manufacturer, worker, employer, mechanic may be liable):
- Faulty or broken gates
- Faulty or broken train brakes
- Faulty or broken car parts
- Broken or defective signals
- Broken switches
- Failing to maintain or inspect equipment
- Failing to secure freight properly
- Poorly maintain track safety
Other negligent parties that can cause train accidents may include distracted car drivers, distracted pedestrians, construction workers, trespassers and others.
Pursue Monetary Damages for Your Injuries
If you were hurt in a train accident, your injuries might be severe. Spinal cord injuries, broken bones, brain trauma, and back injuries are common. Unfortunately, some of these injuries also result in the death of the victims.
In the aftermath of a train collision, injured victims may require immediate medical care including surgery. Afterwards, they may have long recovery cycles, require physical therapy and pain medication. Many victims may be unable to work while they recover. Those who suffer catastrophic injuries may never fully recover. They might need full-time nursing care or repeated surgeries.
Injuries from train accidents are not just physical. Victims of train accidents might also suffer from severe emotional trauma and anxiety. Financial injuries can also devastate a family, especially if the victim can no longer work.
Whether you seek a fair settlement from an insurance company or an award in court, you may be able to receive money related to:
- Doctor bills
- Lost wages
- Future income
- Pain and suffering
- Medical equipment or devices
- Permanent disability
- Hospital charges
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Psychological counseling
If you are suffering after a railroad accident, you need help navigating the complexities of a claim. Let Alonso Krangle, LLP take care of securing your monetary compensation while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Contact Alonso Krangle, LLP, New York Train Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one was involved in a train accident, you need help. Whether the victim is a pedestrian, train passenger, railroad employee or car driver, the injuries can be devastating. Collecting monetary damages from the parties that caused the accident and your injuries can be an essential step towards recovery.
Call Alonso Krangle, LLP at 516-350-5555 for a free case evaluation. You deserve to have someone on your side fighting for your right to recover the maximum amount of damages the law allows. Call today.