While travel by train is statistically safer than driving a car, accidents do happen. In most cases, train accidents prove devastating for the passengers and railroad workers aboard the train. Train accidents can leave passengers dead or facing debilitating injuries. In light of recent high-profile train accidents in New York, lawmakers are planning to pass legislation which would require inspections at a minimum of every two years according to a report by CBS News. Part of the legislation would also include increased penalties for railroad companies that violate safety rules and motorists who drive around lowered gates.
While individuals who have suffered injuries in a train accident may have grounds for a lawsuit, victims' families may also be eligible for compensation if the accident was fatal. Victims' families may be able to receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In a wrongful death lawsuit the victim's family can receive economic damages for lost wages, medical bills, the economic value for the loss of parental guidance, the economic value for the loss of a spouse, and funeral costs caused by the injuries. Furthermore, families can receive non-economic damages for any pain and suffering the victim endured prior to death.