According to statistics, in 2015, there were 11,762 rail accidents and incidents in the United States. These accidents caused 9,013 injuries and 752 fatalities.
According to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration, 96% of all injuries and deaths related to rail accidents and incidents occur at railroad crossings or caused by trespassing. Almost all of these deaths are preventable. Additionally, the FRA reveals that railroad crossing incidents are the second leading cause of fatalities that are rail-related in the US.
Common Questions about Train Accidents
Here is a look at some of the most common questions about train accidents and claims:
Q1: What should I do if I am injured while on a train?
A: In most cases, if you are injured while on a train, the circumstance is a little different because you are one of many passengers. You can be sure that there will be documentation, but you should still make sure that you get medical help if you need it. Whether you are allowed to go home or taken to a hospital, you should contact a lawyer as the investigators of the crash will look for recorded statements. You want to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are fully and well informed before proceeding with anything such as a recorded statement.
Q2: Who will pay my damages if I am hurt in a railroad crossing accident in New York?
A: This depends on who is injured and the cause of the accident. Assuming that the liable party is the railroad, it is legally obligated to pay damages that result from the accident. If a railroad worker is the injured party, the railroad would be held responsible for damages by the Federal Employee Liability Act (FELA). Even if the injured party is a motorist or train passenger, the railroad may still be liable for personal injury damages.
Q3: What are the damages I can collect if I am inured in a subway accident in New York City?
A: If you are injured in an accident on the NYC subway, then your case’s defendant will likely be the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). There are specific procedures you need to follow if you want to recover damages against the MTA. You should hire an experienced railroad accident lawyer to make sure that all applicable procedures are followed to safeguard your recovery rights.
Potential damages that you can recover for injuries in a subway accident include compensation for all injuries you sustained in the accident. These may include:
- Medical bills as well as rehabilitation costs
- Reimbursement for lost wages if you were unable to return to work due to your injuries
- Reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as childcare or household made necessary by your injuries
- Compensation for pain and suffering
Get Legal Expertise for Train Accident Claims in New York
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, you should immediately seek the help of the reliable personal injury lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
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