Train and subway operators, as well as the companies that control them, are required to take measures to keep traveling passengers safe from harm. Unfortunately, train accidents continue to occur on a regular basis, and victims injured in these accidents continue to face long recovery periods in the aftermath. Train derailments have been prominent in the last few years in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Queens train accident lawyer Marc S. Albert has represented many of the victims involved in these incidents in pursuing necessary legal action in order to receive compensation to help deal with their catastrophic injuries. He also provides compassionate legal support to families who have lost loved ones, assisting them in wrongful death litigation against responsible parties. At the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert, we are committed to offering personal, experienced representation to clients throughout the entirety of the legal process, taking time to make sure that victims understand their rights and options.Legal Remedies Following Train Accidents
Train derailments, and other types of accidents, can occur for a variety of reasons, many of which involve one or more forms of negligence. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is the regulatory body involved in overseeing subways and mass transit. According to the FTA, the most common contributing factors in train accidents include:
- Operators who were distracted or fatigued at the time of the collision or derailment
- Excessive speeding
- Improper braking
- Train operators under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Malfunctions in a train’s computer systems
- Malfunctions in crossing gates or lights
- Lack of track maintenance and inspection
- Improper training of train operators or other crew members
Train accident cases often involve a complex variety of issues that do not arise in standard car accident claims. Consulting an experienced train accident attorney in Queens who is familiar with this area of law is important because they can identify the issues, gather the vital information, and pursue the appropriate negligent parties.
Marc S. Albert has litigated numerous notable cases on behalf of train accident victims, including claims originating from the December 2013 Metro North Railroad train derailment at the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, in addition to the May 12, 2015 derailment of an Amtrak Northeast Regional train from Washington, D.C. to New York City. In the latter situation, of 238 passengers and five crew members on board, eight individuals were killed and over 200 suffered injuries, including 11 critical injuries. The train was traveling at 102 mph in a 50-mph zone of curved tracks when it derailed. Marc S. Albert represented a passenger who was critically injured as a result in claims against Amtrak, its agents, and individual employees.
When a train operator or company negligently contributes to an accident that could have been avoided, they should be held liable for the harm caused. Victims can recover compensation for medical costs, loss of earnings, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering damages. In the chaos after such a tragedy, victims may feel at a disadvantage as railroad companies act swiftly to avoid liability and investigate on their own. Contacting a knowledgeable injury attorney as soon as possible following involvement in a train derailment or other collision is helpful to ensure that your rights are protected.Get a Queens Train Accident Attorney on Your Side
Train collisions have a traumatic impact on many of the victims involved, not to mention the family members left behind when these accidents claim lives. Injury attorney Marc S. Albert consults a multitude of pre-eminent train accident experts in preparing to battle parties responsible for creating dangerous conditions on railroads. He has successfully advocated on behalf of accident victims for the entirety of his 20-year career. With offices in Astoria and Syosset, the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert assists clients across New York City and Long Island as well as in surrounding areas. If you have questions regarding your legal rights after a devastating train accident, contact us today online or at 855-252-3788 to learn more about how we can help. Our train accident lawyers help Queens residents and other victims fight for the full amount of compensation that they need.