Stroudsburg Train Accident Lawyer
Whether you are injured in an Amtrak accident while onboard a train heading into New York, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh, or are injured in a local train crash in one of the nearby urban areas, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Nobody boards a train expecting to be involved in a serious collision or derailment, and no one anticipates being injured in a train crash as a pedestrian or motor vehicle occupant. However, train accidents do happen more often than you might think, and they can result in debilitating and life-threatening injuries.
If you or someone you love recently got hurt in a derailment or crash, you should speak with a Stroudsburg train accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your options for seeking financial compensation. You may be able to file a claim against the responsible party.
Getting the Facts About Railroad Accidents for Stroudsburg Residents
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), there are about 700 railroads currently operating in the United States, with about 150,000 miles of railroad track. In 2014 alone, the FRA reported that there were nearly 12,000 train accidents along railroad crossings, and those accidents resulted in more than 800 fatalities. In addition, thousands of train passengers, motor vehicle occupants, and pedestrians suffered injuries in these crashes.
Why do train accidents happen? There are many causes of train accidents, including but not limited to the following:
- Motor vehicles trying to “beat” the train and getting stuck on the tracks;
- Train operator error, such as traveling at speeds that are too high;
- Motor vehicle operator error, such as failing to abide by train signal warnings;
- Pedestrian negligence, such as distracted walking, or walking along train tracks ,or unlawfully crossing tracks;
- Motor vehicle stalling on train tracks;
- Problem or defect with train track;
- Train defect or related mechanical problems;
- Poor train car maintenance;
- Speeding train that results in derailment; and
- Mistake or defect in train signal.
Filing Your Stroudsburg Train Accident On Time
Train accident lawsuits are one type of personal injury claim. Personal injury lawsuits come with a legal deadline known as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations typically begins “running” on the date of the accident. For most Pennsylvania personal injury cases, including train accidents, the statute of limitations is two (2) years (42 Pa. Consol. Stat. § 5524). This means that the injured party needs to file a lawsuit within two years from the date of her injury. Failure to file a lawsuit within the time window set by the statute of limitations can mean that the case will be time-barred and the injured party will not be able to seek compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Contact an Experienced Stroudsburg Train Accident Lawyer
Were you injured in a train accident? Was someone you love injured in a derailment or a crash? An aggressive Stroudsburg train accident attorney can assist with your case. Contact Needle Law Firm to learn more about the services we provide to clients in Stroudsburg and across eastern Pennsylvania.