Trains are heavy, powerful and can travel extremely fast. These large vehicles have one important limitation; they must remain on railroad tracks in order to travel. As long as the wheels of the trains stay affixed to the tracks, they pose little danger most people. However, when a train derails, everyone from its passengers to those who are near the tracks is suddenly in a life-threatening situation.
Previously on this blog, we published a post wherein we cited that derailments are the most common type of train accidents in the United States. It is for this reason that the rails upon which the trains travel must be well maintained and repaired whenever necessary.
Earlier this year, an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia. The accident reportedly caused the deaths of 8 people and injured over 200 others. At present, it is expected that the U.S. government will provide funds for compensation for the victims of the accident.
The compensation funding would come from a provision of an approximately $300 billion package that is part of a widely-encompassing transportation bill. The bill would raise the compensation cap for rail accidents from $200 million to $295 million. This provision was in response to the Philadelphia crash and will be applied retroactively to provide compensation to the victims of that accident.
No amount of money can ever undo the damage done by that derailment. However, making sure that these victims and their families are compensated is the right thing to do. Accidents of this nature can leave victims with serious injuries from which they may never fully recover.
If you should have the misfortune of being in a train derailment or train crossing accident, you may wish to pursue damages for medical and other expenses. A personal injury attorney could assess your situation and may be able to help you receive appropriate compensation.