A train accident is unexpected, but the consequences are usually devastating. One mistake or careless action can lead to injuries, deaths, and property damage. In the aftermath, passengers and other victims may not know what to do. They are dealing with so much all at once: medical treatment, possibly the loss of a loved one, and missing personal property. Insurance adjusters may have already started calling, and one wrong move can minimize what the company will pay. If you were harmed in a train crash, you need experienced representation. The Philadelphia train accident attorneys at Gay & Chacker can handle the insurance companies, get answers, and pursue the largest financial recover possible.
Time is not on your side after a train collision. Besides the fact that the insurers involved are already trying to drive down the value of your injury claim, evidence disappears with time. Witnesses become harder to track down. There may be more than one party responsible for the crash, and they may be working with their own lawyers to blame you for your injuries.
You have enough to think about without adding the burden of a complex injury claim to your plate. The attorneys at Gay & Chacker will aggressively protect your legal rights to compensation, so you can focus on moving forward with your life. We welcome you to contact our firm at (215) 720-1117 to discuss what happened and how we can help you.
Common Causes of Train Collisions
A variety of negligence can lead to a train crash. Some of these preventable issues include:
- Conductor negligence such as speeding or operating the train while distracted, drowsy or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Mechanical failure on the train or train equipment
- Malfunctions on the train route involving the tracks, lights, signs and signals, or gates
- Collisions with another train or a vehicle on the train tracks
- Improper conductor or staff member training
If you were injured in a Philadelphia train accident, you have the legal right to seek compensation from anyone whose negligent or careless behavior led to the incident and your injuries. There may be more than one defendant – meaning responsible party – in your case. Possible defendants include:
- Train operators and their employers
- Train company
- Transit agency, such as Amtrak or SEPTA
- Equipment manufacturers
- Others involved in the collision, such as negligent motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists
- Those responsible for maintaining the track, lights, signs and signals, gates, etc.
Contact Gay & Chacker to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights if you were involved in a train accident. There is no obligation to hire our firm when you contact us. We’ll explain the next steps toward seeking the largest financial recovery possible.
Compensation Available After a Philadelphia Train Accident
You likely have suffered many financial losses, called damages, because of the train collision. With the help of an experienced attorney, you may be able to seek compensation from the parties responsible for your:
- Medical expenses related to the injury, including any follow-up treatment, therapies, equipment, and surgery
- Lost past and future wages and income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disability and disfigurement
If you lost a loved one in the train accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible. No matter the situation, if you hire Gay & Chacker to represent you, we’ll seek money for all your losses. If needed, we will work with expert investigators and reconstruction experts to determine why the accident happened and who is at fault. Whatever it takes to go the distance with your case, we’re prepared for it.
Frequently Asked Questions About Philadelphia Train Accidents
Below are answers to common questions victims and their families have about legal recourse after a train crash.
I was hurt in a train accident. How can a personal injury lawyer help me?
Because train collisions are often devastating, there is a good chance that you are dealing with serious injuries. You may have been out of work, and maybe you still are. So, your medical bills may be piling up at the same time that you are losing income. All the while, insurance adjusters could be pestering you to accept a settlement, which is probably less than you deserve. That’s where we come in. Our Philadelphia train accident attorneys can take on the task of pursuing compensation for all your losses, including your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more, while you focus on recovery. We’ll keep you informed about your case and provide honest and transparent legal guidance every step of the way. If needed, we will employ reconstruction experts and investigators to get to the bottom of what happened in order to prove your case and protect your interests. Our firm never accepts an attorney fee unless we win your case, so you have nothing to lose by contacting us to discuss how we can help.
What can I do to help my case?
Your first priority should be medical treatment. The sooner you seek professional medical care, the sooner you can receive the treatment you need to help you recover as best you can. In addition, having medical records from day one will best show the extent of your injuries to prove your claim for maximum compensation. If you are able, taking photos and videos of the accident and your injuries will be helpful evidence. Then, in the weeks to follow, you can help your attorney by keeping a journal of your medical treatment, therapies, medications prescribed, and your test results. It would also be helpful to record the days you needed to take off work and any additional expenses that have resulted from your injuries.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer if I’m injured?
Gay & Chacker offers free, no-obligation initial consultations to anyone involved in a train accident. Then, if you hire our firm, we’ll charge no legal fees unless we recover money for your damages. A percentage of your settlement or jury award is then used for our fee. You can contact us at (215) 720-1117 to learn more about how we can help you.