Trains are obviously extremely dangerous. Commuters rarely think that their train is going to crash, but train accidents are not unusual occurrences. Even when trains without passengers collide, it is not uncommon for serious, even fatal, injuries to occur.
CNBC reports a tragic local Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train crash. Several train cars were derailed and three passengers were injured by the accident – one of the train operators is in critical condition. Bizarrely, the train wasn’t in service at the time of the accident, and no one seems to know why any passengers were on any of these trains as they were not in service at the time of the accident.
When an accident like this occurs, the first questions involve how the accident happened, who is to blame and how to avoid these tragedies in the future. Trains do not simply derail and hurt people; there has to be a reason. Someone made a mistake somewhere and that person should be held accountable. According to a related article in the Philadelphia Sun online, the causes are unclear but it could be a signal issue, and investigations are ongoing.
When trains crash like this and people are injured, what are the victims’ options? Certainly a train accident victim can’t simply call the SEPTA office and ask for compensation. It is critical to work with a legal team that has experience, knowledge and the wherewithal to keep pursuing justice until the victims obtain full compensation for their injuries and losses.
Experience and tenacity going against well-funded entities like SEPTA are critical to success in injury claims stemming from accidents of this kind. These cases tend to take a lot of time and money, so it is critical for a law firm to have the resources needed to do the initial investigation and keep the case going as long as it takes.
Our hearts go out to the victims of this accident and their families.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a train accident, bus accident or other public transportation accident, make sure you contact a law firm with experience, resources and a reputation for success in major personal injury litigation.