Trains have been around for hundreds of years and were one of the main economic growth drivers for the state of Pennsylvania for a very long time. They are still in use today, though we know you may not think about them on a regular basis.
We have heard about train safety in the news over the last few years as crashes have happened with both passenger and freight carrying trains. Unfortunately, the railway infrastructure has not been as well-maintained as it should be and the industry has not kept up with many technological advancements that could make them safer.
Do you know where to turn if you or a loved one have been injured in a train accident?
When you need a Pittsburgh train accident attorney, the experienced team at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to be by your side, working to secure the compensation you need.
You may not realize just how many miles of train tracks cover the state of Pennsylvania. Keep in mind, Pittsburgh is still a fairly industrial city and trains are a good way to move goods in and out of the city. We also have plenty of passenger train options, whether light rail, Amtrak, or other services.
When there is an accident involving a train, the results can be devastating for the passengers and people around the train. Injuries can be severe because of the sheer weight of the vehicle. If a derailment occurs, it can cause a mass casualty event.
(We want to note that many trains carry hazardous materials that could be released in the event of an accident. This could affect a very large area.)
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, in 2017 there were nearly 12,000 total train incidents. As a result of these incidents, there were over 800 fatalities and nearly 9,000 injuries.
We want to talk about the causes of these train incidents. Many times, train agencies fail to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. This can lead to major problems if a part of the train fails. Companies also need to ensure that all tracks are inspected regularly and that lights and signals are functioning properly.
All train operators need to obtain proper certifications and be trained in each vehicle they will be asked to use. They should never operate while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This would put the lives of passengers and anyone near the train in jeopardy.
We know that the last thing you expect to happen when you use public transportation is to get hurt. We know that accidents happen sometimes, but we also know that other people’s negligence can contribute to those accidents. When that happens, you can count on Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to get the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. We want to make sure you do not have to worry about how to pay your bills when someone else causes you harm. When you need a Pittsburgh bus, train, or Metrolink accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 1-888-988-9467.