What to Do If you Are Injured in a Train Accident
This week’s Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia is currently bringing up more questions than answers. Reports say that the train was moving at a very high speed before it derailed, killing eight people and injuring hundreds. Congress had quickly acted after the accident, blaming Amtrak for the accident and for stalling a mandate that would force railroads to install technology that would help prevent human error.
Surprisingly, train accidents happen more often than you would imagine. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were more than 1,700 train accidents in 2014. So whatever the cause may be for the deadly derailment, the question does remain: Who will pay the medical expenses and funeral costs of the passengers involved?
Like any form of public transportation, if you are injured on the train and the direct result was negligence by the railroad company, than you are entitled to compensation. Even if you aren’t a passenger on the train – let’s say you’re at a railroad crossing when a passing train spills some of its cargo, causing you harm. Again, the railroad company must pay your bills, unless you did something negligent like try to cross while the crossing arm was coming down.