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Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Blog

The Pearce Law Firm, including well-known Philadelphia injury lawyer Edith Pearce, is dedicated to the personal care of each individual case. We believe in educating our potential clients on the variety of cases being filed in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The blog posts below feature accidents and events that may lead to potential law suits. Whether you need a personal injury lawyer to represent you due to car or truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, or head injuries, The Pearce Law Firm works on your behalf to provide you the compensation you deserve.

Archive for Railroad Accident


Man Injured after Walking into Moving Train

January 10, 2012

At a busy train station in Philadelphia’s distantly neighboring city, Jersey City, New Jersey, authorities say a man inadvertently walked into a moving train one evening last week. The man, whose ears were reportedly covered with headphones at the time of last week’s railroad accident, is said to have only suffered minor injury from the unusual collision. The man’s head and body made contact with the moving light rail transit train around 8:15 p.m. Friday evening near the intersection of Essex and Van Vorst streets. Police told reporters that they believe the man failed to see or hear the train coming, very likely because of the headphones that he was wearing. No passengers were on the train at the time, and no other injuries have been reported as a result of the accident.

John Durso, Jr. of New Jersey Transit told The Jersey Journal that the man, who remains unidentified, was alert just after the accident and had to be treated at the scene for cuts on his face. He was later taken to the hospital for further evaluation but his condition has not yet been released. Accident victims who seem to only have suffered minor injuries at the scene of an accident are often later transferred to a hospital to ensure that no internal injuries were sustained.

Although individuals should always look out for their own safety in order to avoid injury, railroads have a duty to make their trains and crossing safe including operating the trains in a manner safe for their riders, providing gates, lights and other warning to motorists and pedestrians as well. As a pedestrian, use extreme caution and stay aware of your surroundings while walking around railroad tracks and station platforms. If you have been injured on or around railroad property, contact The Pearce Law Firm.

Posted in: Railroad Accident

Railroad Workers Injured in Commuter Train Derailment, Could Happen in Philadelphia

July 19, 2011

Pennsylvania has one of the country’s oldest and most well known railroad systems, and its “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia many commuters get to and from work as well as other destinations by train. In a state full of so many individuals who commute by train, news of a railroad accident is always troubling.

Earlier this week, such an accident occurred in Fridley, Minnesota. At around 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning a Northstar commuter freight train derailed when BNSF tracks failed near Fridley Station. The accident, which caused a disastrous site to see, spilled corn and diesel fuel into the Rice Creek at Locke Lake and injured two railroad workers.

According to a local Minnesota newspaper, The Fridley Patch, Northstar commuter rail service between the towns of Big Lake and Minneapolis has been cancelled since Saturday and is expect to remain out-of-service at least until Tuesday morning, July 19. The report stated that the reason for service cancellation is that the tracks are still impassable due to the derailment accident.

Although railroad companies are responsible for keeping the operations safe for employees, riders, and pedestrians, railroad crashes kill hundreds of victims each year and injure thousands of others. Pennsylvania’s rich and ongoing heritage of rail travel means that accidents like these could occur throughout the state.

Just days before the July 16th train accident, Twenty BNSF rail cars derailed outside of nearby Brainerd Minnesota. On July 10th, 2011 a train with 121 loaded coal cars and three locomotives originated in Montana and was traveling east to Superior, Wisconsin when it derailed. Fortunately, no injuries have yet been reported in the July 10 accident.

Since train accidents can often by difficult to litigate, you will need a Philadelphia injury lawyer with experience and expertise with train accidents. Edith Pearce, Esq. spent over ten years working as an attorney for an insurance company and defense firm and knows the “tricks of the trade.” Contact Edith Pearce, Esq. of The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia if you or a family member has become a railroad accident victim.

Posted in: Railroad Accident

Philadelphia Railroad Accident Results in Severe Personal Injury

May 13, 2010

A Philadelphia commuter train operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority collided with a car trapped between the crossing gates in the East Falls area of Philadelphia last week. The driver of the car suffered serious personal injuries in the Philadelphia railroad accident and was rushed to the hospital. Even though eyewitnesses report that the train was moving slowly as it approached a nearby station, the force of the Philadelphia railroad accident overturned the trapped auto, causing irreparable damage to the crushed car. No one on the train was injured and most passengers did not realize there had been a collision. Philadelphia police are investigating. It is unclear how the car became trapped between the railroad gates. This is when a trusted attorney such as Edith Pearce should be contacted.

Hundreds of victims die in railroad accidents every year and thousands more suffer severe injuries that often result in lifelong disability. Railroads are responsible not only for maintaining safe trains and operating trains in a safe manner, but with ensuring the safety of all railroad tracks, roadway and pedestrian crossings, platforms and steps, railroad bridges and stations. Installation and maintenance of crossing lights, gates and warning signs are also the responsibility of railroad companies. When railroad gates or lights malfunction, vehicles can become trapped in the path of an oncoming train. No car or truck is a match for the destructive power of a moving train.

Personal injuries suffered by Philadelphia railroad accident victims are usually catastrophic. Victims and their families may be entitled to recover damages for hospital and medical expenses, lost earnings, permanent physical disability, emotional distress, grief and emotional suffering when death occurs, damage or destruction of property, physical pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Railroad accident claims are complicated to litigate. Multiple railroad companies, insurance firms and municipalities are usually involved. A Philadelphia personal injury attorney with proven expertise litigating railroad accidents can cut through the red tape and protect your rights. Contact us today!

Posted in: Railroad Accident