Train accidents are much less common than road traffic accidents, but when they happen, injuries tend to be more severe and the number of casualties is often very high. One example of a severe train accident is the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.
Case study: The Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia
On May 12th 2015, a passenger train travelling from Washington, D.C to New York derailed in Port Richmond, Philadelphia. Eight people were killed and more than 200 suffered injuries as a result of the incident. Subsequent investigations showed that the train had been travelling at 100mph approaching a bend for which the speed limit is just 50 mph.
Following the derailment, numerous lawsuits were filed against Amtrak, the train operator, and many of the families of those who were killed or left with severe, long-lasting injuries are appealing for compensation. The National Transportation and Safety Board is carrying out investigations to determine why the train was travelling so much faster than the recommended speed limit.
Can I claim compensation for a train accident?
Although train accidents are much less common than road accidents, the fallout is often a lot more serious. If you’ve been injured in a train crash or you have suffered injuries while on board a train and you were not at fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Just like you would be compensated if you were injured in a car crash by a negligent driver, you have the right to claim compensation if you suffer injuries caused by negligence on the part of a train driver or the operator responsible for running the trains and maintaining the track and signalling equipment.
If you think you may have a case for train accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline for further information and expert advice from experienced personal injury lawyers.
What do I need to make a claim?
In order to make a claim for compensation following a train accident, you will need to provide evidence which confirms what happened and shows that you were not at fault.
At the time of the incident, record as much information as you can while the information is still fresh in your mind, take down the contact details of people who may have seen the accident and take photographs of the scene and your injuries. See a doctor as soon as you can, so that they can assess your injuries and provide you with any treatment that is required.
Speak with a friendly, professional Accident Advice Helpline advisor today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.