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Pennsylvania is unique in that we still use railroads every day. We use railroads not just for passengers, but we get a lot of freight trains too. Even though our state uses the railroad system, the infrastructure does not match its use. By this, we mean that our railway system is in need of not only a makeover but a total overhaul. Until then accidents will continue to happen. Our Pittsburgh Train Accident Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich and Fishman understand the unique nature of train accident cases. We know that the last thing you consider is whether or not your train is going to get you home. You also don’t consider whether the train driver is drunk or not. There are many factors that contribute to an accident and our Pittsburgh Train Accident Attorneys are here to help you through this process.
Last August, a major train accident occurred resulting in train cars tumbling down a hillside. Thankfully no one was hurt. Instead, hundreds of products from clothing to Listerine were spread fell out of their carriers. People could smell the Listerine from miles away. Even though investigators are still trying to understand what caused the accident, it is a fair assumption that it was poor rail conditions or poor driving.
Most train accidents do not happen to those who work on the railways. Most accidents happen to pedestrians, riders, or vehicles. For example, two train accidents happened between 2015 and 2016. One resulted in two Amtrak workers killed with 30 passengers injured and the other killed 8 Amtrak passengers. The second accident happened because a train hit a backhoe. Both accidents may have been related to speeding. It is also very clear that both accidents were caused by drivers and workers not following basic safety rules.
Train accidents are more common than you think and their effect on the mortality rate of passengers is quite high. The Federal Railroad Administration suggested that an average of 28 people die a year due to some train accident. This does not include minor, major, or severe injuries caused by trains. Even though Lancaster Online reported that people feel comfortable taking the train, it is hard to keep feeling safe knowing that accidents can occur at any time. It is hard to keep riding knowing that our railroads are being neglected and safety rules are being ignored. These issues have real-life consequences.
What To Do
For some people trains are their only means of transportation. Trains are really convenient because they avoid the traffic on the road and provide people a means to live further outside the city. You expect train service to commit to a certain duty of care, especially if you are dependent on those services. If you or someone you love is suffering from a train accident then you deserve to seek justice. Filing a suit will not only provide the financial relief you need, but it will also send a message to get these railroads cleaned up. Call 412-391-7610 or click here to schedule a free consultation with our professional attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich, & Fishman today.