According to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis, over 1,000 accidents involving trains were reported in 2009 throughout the state of New York. Some of the most common reasons for the accidents were human error, as well as defective signals, tracks, or equipment.
Although trains typically travel along railroads, they often cross the paths of other vehicles at various intersections. For years, railroad crossings have been one of the most common areas for severe and fatal collisions between trains and people. Accidents can also happen at train stations, from a slip and fall accident while boarding to an assault at a station that should have had adequate security personnel.
At Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P., we help victims of railroad accidents take legal action and recover fair compensation for the injuries they have experienced. Our NYC train accident lawyers recognize how serious these incidents can be and are committed to securing the best possible result as quickly as we can. Whether we are negotiating with the insurance company or fighting for your interests in court, we will do everything in our power to help you rebuild, recover, and move on with your life.
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Railroad Accidents Are Difficult to Avoid
Train operators have far fewer options available to them than drivers or pedestrians if they see a collision is imminent and, adding to the danger, operators are unable to stop immediately or change direction.
When the driver of a car or a person on foot does not show proper regard to safety around railroad crossings, they place themselves in danger of serious injury or death. There is often nothing a train operator can do to avoid a collision, which is why the train conductor is responsible for ensuring that the railways and all the crossings are maintained and operated in a safe manner. It is also crucial for them to run in accordance with railroad safety laws. Poorly maintained crossings can cause serious accidents.
If you are injured in any type of accident involving a train, you may be able to recover compensation to help with pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and property loss. When you chose to ride on a train or be around one, you did so with the expectation of a certain level of safety. If that level was not met, you deserve compensation.
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