The most common types of train accidents are collisions with passenger vehicles, collisions between trains, train derailments and incidents involving pedestrians. Train operators and railroad employees must show due care and diligence when performing their duties to protect the safety and well-being of their passengers. This includes maintaining equipment in good working order and following safety regulations. If you have suffered an injury as a result of negligence on the part of a rail company employee (such as a train conductor, engineer or other agent), we can help.
Train accidents are incredibly destructive events. The collision of a car and a train is comparable to the collision of a car and a soda can – the size and weight of a train moving even at what might seem to be slower speeds result in a physical impact that is truly devastating. All forms of train accidents, be they truck/train accidents, train/car accidents, derailments, or pedestrian/train accidents, are quite capable of producing catastrophic injuries and death.
A good train accident lawyer will provide you with honest, direct legal guidance if you have been injured in one of these accidents. Railroad companies are notorious for denying responsibility, particularly at railroad crossings, making this form of litigation a complicated arena. A skilled train accident lawyer will tirelessly analyze the facts of your case to determine the degree to which the railroad company was responsible, what sorts of compensation you may receive in a settlement or trial, and ultimately, will fight on your behalf to ensure that your rights are upheld, no matter how uphill the battle may seem.
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Train accidents that occur while onboard can include collisions, sudden stops or derailment. The force of these accidents can knock passengers to the floor or into the sides of the train, causing broken bones, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, concussions and brain injuries. If the train car crumples on impact, passengers can suffer fatal crush injuries.
Our attorneys will investigate the cause of the train accident, reviewing the train’s maintenance history as well as the driver’s record. If negligent acts by the driver, MTA or specific railway caused your injury, we will seek compensation from each liable party. The emotional and financial toll on victims of the accidents and their families cannot be overestimated. Fortunately, the law offers some recourse for those who were injured in train accidents, so that the parties at fault for the train wreck bear the costs of their actions rather than the innocent train passengers and employees.
The factors that determine a railroad’s legal responsibility to an injured party depend upon the relationship of the injured person to the railroad. The duty (degree of care) the railroad owes the injured is different depending on whether he/she was a railroad employee, a passenger, or an unrelated third party such as a motorist or pedestrian.
If you or a loved one suffered property damage or injuries following a train wreck or other train accident, you may have a valid claim for your losses. The right train crash attorney can determine if you have a good case, and can increase your chances of receiving the highest possible recovery from those responsible for those losses. The time to get started is now.