A railway track stretches into the distance on a rocky terrain, flanked by a low stone wall. The scene overlooks rolling green hills and mountains under a cloudy sky, with a glimpse of a distant lake—an area known for its beauty despite infrequent train accidents.

Luckily, train accidents are not very common. But, when they do occur, their results can be devastating. Read on to learn more about train accidents in Pennsylvania and what to do in the event of an injury.

How do Train Accidents Occur?

There are a number of different ways a train accident can occur. But, the majority of accidents are caused by:

  • Train conductors, operators, or crew working while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Mechanical breakdowns
  • Broken tracks
  • Unfastened screws and bolts in tracks
  • Misaligned tracks
  • Inattentive train conductors
  • Delayed cars on the track
  • Unprotected railroad crossings
  • Derailments

What do I do if I am Injured in a Train Accident?

If you are injured in a train accident, it is important to take the following steps:

  • Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
  • Obtain witness contacts: You should swap contact information with other passengers who may be able to corroborate your version of events.
  • Document the scene: It is important to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Seek medical attention: It is important to visit the hospital if you have been involved in an accident. You should do so, even if you do not feel you have been seriously injured. This is because you may have sustained an injury without realizing it. Additionally, going to the hospital will allow you to document the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

Notice of Claim

In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. But, when you sue a municipality, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within six months of the date of your accident. If you wait any longer than six months, you will most likely be denied your right to sue. To avoid missing any important deadlines, contact an experienced attorney today.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident in Pennsylvania, contact our firm to discuss your case today.


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