As evidenced in the deadly 2015 Philadelphia Amtrak train crash, accidents involving public transit systems can be catastrophic events. Train crashes can cause dozens or even hundreds of individuals to suffer serious injuries, incurring millions of dollars of damages. With such high stakes, it is important that an injured person find a personal injury lawyer that has experience with train accident injury lawsuits.

Currently, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting an investigation following a recent SEPTA train crash in Delaware County on August 22, 2017. Many people were injured in the train crash when a SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line crashed into an empty train parked on the tracks of the 69th Street terminal in Upper Darby. As of now, investigators have reported at least 40 known injuries.

While the cause of the recent SEPTA crash is still unknown, train crashes can occur due to a number of reasons, including traveling at too great a speed; improper track maintenance; or conductor negligence.

A Train Crash can Cause Serious Injuries

Earlier in February this year four people were injured in a train accident near 69th Street Terminal when a train rear-ended another on a loop where trains turn around to go back into services.

In all of these recent cases, passengers sustained serious injuries and in the case of the Amtrak train crash, there were multiple deaths.

If You are Injured in a Train Crash, Be Sure You Know Your Rights

There are many aspects of train accident cases that are important to consider. There are complex state and federal laws that may factor into an injured person’s ability to be fully compensated. That is why is important to contact an experienced train crash attorney as early as possible to help guide you through the process and craft a strong case to ensure you or your loved one gets the compensation they deserve.

The SEPTA accident that occurred on August 22, 2017 is still being investigated. Ten investigators from NTSB are collecting evidence from the scene, interviewing witnesses, as well as analyzing passenger’s injuries to determine the reason for the train crash. If you or someone you know was injured in this train crash, contact a personal injury lawyer at the beginning of the process so that you know you are protected.

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