Train Accidents

New York City’s public transportation system is the most impressive and extensive in North America. Approximately one in every three mass transit users in the United States and two-thirds of the country's ‘rail riders’ are residents of New York City.

Trains are not only used for transportation of people but are also utilized for transporting food and household products, but also chemicals, and other materials. In the United States, our rail system covers approximately 200,000 miles of track with roughly one million freight cars. Passenger and freight trains travel into New York City from many of the surrounding states including Connecticut, New Jersey and Vermont, Delaware and Maryland, to name but a few. Workers and passengers are at risk when these large metal movers malfunction, collide or derail due to a number of different causes.

Since the start of this year, January to March 2012, there has already been 830 train accidents/incidents with a total of 58 fatalities and 600 non-fatalities, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). These accidents and incidents pertains to train accidents, highway-rail incidents and any other train related incidents, including trespassing. Some of the more common causes of these accidents include:

  • Poorly maintained tracks
  • Derailment
  • Operators negligence
  • Collision
  • Engine/Brake malfunctions
  • Lack of signals
  • Engineering mistakes
  • Inadequate and insufficient train security

When such train accidents occur passengers are in great danger often due to the lack of safety on a high-speed train. When these accidents occur they end in serious injuries, sometimes even wrongful death. Some of the injuries associated with any type of train collision include:

  • Back & Spinal injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Eye Injuries
  • Amputation

According to Federal law, railroad/train companies must report all train accidents, the resulting number of casualties and any property damage, together with the respective cause of the accident. Failure to comply with these guidelines, the respective rail companies can be held liable for their negligence. Therefore, if you or someone you know has been injured working on trains, railroad tracks, or hurt riding one, you could be eligible for compensatory damages and should seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Piecing together the puzzle after a devastating train accident can be an extremely involved and emotional process, often times requiring trained and experienced professional testimonials to get all the pertinent facts together. Once the causes have been determined, liability can also be determined. An experienced and qualified train accident attorney from the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq., can assist in evaluating your claim and assess the liability for your particular damages. We will also determine if any other party’s negligence contributed to your injuries and will seek compensation accordingly, for this additional pain and suffering.

In the event that a railroad employee is injured in a train or train related accident, there is a special Federal law- the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) – this allows a pre-determined monetary payout to railroad employees from their employer should they prove negligence or wrongdoing on the employer’s part. Enacted in 1908 by Congress, this special law was intended to persuade rail companies to employ stronger safety programs so as to prevent employees’ injuries and potential train accidents.

Railroad companies have a legal responsibility to ensure safety of their passengers, from the ticket counter to the waiting platform to the interior of the train. If you have been injured at any time during your train ride, let our experience train accident attorney at the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq., advise you on your legal resolution.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone poor maintenance and negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for:

  • Medical & Hospitalization Bills
  • Cost of Medication
  • Specialized Testing due to Injury
  • Doctors’ follow-up visits
  • Property Damages
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Future Loss of Earnings
  • Emotional Pain & Suffering

With the help of a dedicated New York Train Accident Attorney at the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq, we will determine whether your personal injury case has merit.


Our personal injury lawyers’ work on a contingency basis, so you only pay a fee if we recover money for you. Contact our experienced Attorneys today at the Law Office of Aleksandr Vakarev Esq., for a free consultation at 718-839-6885.


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