Injuries on Trains, Tracks and at Crossings
Trains make travel possible for many New Yorkers who do not own cars. The Long Island Railroad is filled with beachgoers during the summertime and with suburbanites heading to and from work in the city. Amtrak carries passengers to big cities and rural areas throughout the region. Metro-North and New Jersey Transit allow people to move around the communities surrounding New York City. In addition, New York is served by numerous freight trains that carry goods in and out of the city.
Our busy train system is vital to our economy and to the well being of our residents. Unfortunately, safety has often taken a backseat to cutting costs and balancing the budget. A lack of funding and investment, in addition to negligent conduct, has contributed to the high incidents of railroad accidents. Furthermore, certain train companies such as Amtrak have a legislative cap on the amount of damages they pay for railroad injuries.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has been representing injured clients for more than 30 years. Our New York City accident lawyers have the resources and experience to assist you with the complex train wreck cases. We know what to look for when investigating a train accident and we know how to recover the money you are entitled to for your injuries.
Dangerous Railroad Crossings
Railroad crossings create dangerous intersections between cars and trains. A train may be travelling as fast as 80 mph as it blazes across a road. Occupants of a vehicle that gets stuck on the tracks do not stand a chance against 150 tons of steel. According to Operation LifeSaver, 2,287 train-vehicle collisions resulted in 269 deaths and 849 injuries in 2014. Pedestrians are also put in danger, both at railroad stations and along unprotected areas of the track. Sadly, most of these accidents were preventable had the railroad company and government agencies taken simple precautions.
Factors that contribute to railroad crossing collisions include:
- Broken or missing crossing bars, warning bells and/or lights
- Signals set too late to allow cars and pedestrians to pass over the tracks safely
- Warning signs obscured by trees, bushes, buildings or other objects
- Open areas of the track without warning systems and signs
- Failure of the conductor to blow a warning whistle while travelling through populated areas
- Lack of safe crossing bridges at railroad stations, within urban areas and at major intersections
Railroad Passengers Involved in Train Collisions
A number of high profile train collisions have attracted national attention due to the poor condition of our railroad system, particularly in the Northeast corridor that services New York City and other major metropolitan cities. Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has handled numerous train collision cases in the region. In every case, one simple mistake made by the railroad and its employees led to tragedy.
These preventable causes of train collisions highlight the primary risks of train collisions:
- The engineer speeds around a steep curve or in populated areas
- A conductor forgets to close a switch that guides the train onto an empty track
- A tired engineer falls asleep at the controls
- An engineer focused on texting instead of operating the train
- The railroad company has allowed tracks to fall into disrepair
Recover Money for Injuries You Sustained in a Train Collision or Railroad Crossing Accident
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