Philadelphia Amtrak Train Accident and Derailment Attorney
Reiff & Bily represent clients who have been injured in Pennsylvania train and railroad accidents and derailments. Our Philadelphia-based firm has provided the seriously injured with experienced and aggressive counsel since 1979. We work smart and hard to achieve a speedy and successful outcome in all the personal injury cases we handle. If you have been injured as a result as an accident involving a train, we may be able to recover financial compensation for injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other expenses associated with the railroad accident.
Amtrak serves over 80,00 riders every day across the country. Every day, thousands of riders rely on Amtrak trains to transport them safely to work, to school, and in and out of the city of Philadelphia, but unfortunately Amtrak accidents do occur.
The lawyers at Reiff & Bily have spent over three decades serving clients who have been injured in various accidents, including Amtrak, SEPTA and other commercial and private accidents. We understand the complex Pennsylvania laws that surround vehicle accidents, including those that occur on Amtrak and SEPTA trains. If you or someone you love has been injured in a train accident, do not hesitate to contact our law offices at (800) 861-6708, for your free consultation.
Train Accident Statistics
Annually, there are approximately 10,000 -15,000 train accidents in the United States. Train accidents can seriously injure or kill train operators and passengers onboard. In a collision, pedestrians as well as drivers and passengers of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and school buses that were struck by the train are at risk for serious burn injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, amputations, and broken bones. If the train was carrying hazardous substances at the time of the accident, the potential for chemical burns, heat burns, breathing difficulties, and chemical poisoning also increases.
Causes of Derailments
According to the statistics available, train derailments and collisions are commonly caused by a number of factors:
- Mechanical failure
- Improperly maintained tracks
- Malfunctioning lights or train signals
- Lack of safety gates
- Unprotected crossings
- Train operator inexperience or carelessness
- Defective train or train parts
Many trains still operate with technology that is more than 50 years old and may not meet today’s safety requirements. The failure to update this technology places many train passengers, railroad workers, motorists, and pedestrians at risk of severe injury or death.
Specific laws govern your ability to recover compensation for injuries suffered in a train accident. Our personal injury law firm understands these laws and knows how properly investigate and prove that a train operator, train company, a railroad worker, or any other party acted negligently in your case.
If You Were Injured in the Philadelphia Amtrak Derailment, Our Injury Attorneys Can Help
On May 12, 2015, one of the worst train derailment accidents in recent U.S. history occurred. Shortly after 9:00 P.M., Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 completely derailed around Frankford Junction, located on the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. As of May 13, officials are reporting over 200 Amtrak accident injuries and at least seven fatalities. Our attorneys are here to offer legal support for the families and loved ones of Train 188 wrongful death victims. Among the survivors, at least six are currently listed as being in critical condition.
While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently investigating the underlying causes of this terrible tragedy, the black box recovered from the wreckage has confirmed that Train 188 was speeding through Frankford Junction at speeds in excess of 100 MPH. Frankford Junction, which features a perilous curve, has a speed limit of just 50 MPH. The same junction was involved in another devastating derailment tragedy in 1943, which caused 79 deaths and an additional 117 injuries.
While black box data proves that Train 188 was traveling through the junction at dangerous speeds which were well above the posted limit, the underlying cause behind the train’s excessive speed has not yet been determined by the NTSB. The NTSB is still investigating whether the Pennsylvania Amtrak train crash is attributable to human error, a malfunction of the train, or defects with the track itself.
People seeking information about missing loved ones should call Amtrak’s emergency hotline at (800) 523-9101. We are keeping everyone who has been impacted by this abhorrent tragedy in our thoughts and prayers, and offer our deepest condolences to the accident survivors and the loved ones of the victims who were killed in this terrible disaster.
We will continue to post updates as more information is released by the NTSB and other officials investigating the accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a train accident or derailment, you may be entitled to file a liability claim, and may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
In addition to the specificity of the laws, there is a statute of limitations that typically prohibits you from filing a claim after a period of time. Because of the complex laws and the time limit, it is crucial that you have an attorney who is skilled and experienced in representing train accident victims to help you navigate your accident liability or wrongful death claim.
Call 800-861-6708 or contact us online using the confidential contact form above. We offer free and confidential consultations with a Reiff & Bily railroad accident attorney.
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