No matter whether you’re riding a commuter train to work or negotiating railway crossings while driving your children to school, like millions of other Americans, you have contact with the railway system every day. It only takes one malfunctioning piece of equipment or a moment of negligence by a railroad employee to cause a catastrophic accident that could change your life or take the life of a loved one. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reported that between January and December of 2011, there were almost 2,000 train accidents that occurred nationwide – an increase from 2010. Of these, 155 involved straight collisions, while 1,442 involved derailments of some sort.
The states with the highest rates of accidents in 2011 were:
- Illinois – 51 accidents
- Texas – 39 accidents
- Nebraska – 25 accidents
- Minnesota – 17 accidents
- California – 17 accidents
Regardless of where you were injured, it is vitally important that you do not hesitate to get the involvement of an experienced train accident lawyer that you can trust. It is important to keep in mind that a train accident claim can be complex and will rest entirely on several factors, including the intensity of the accident that occurred and the extent of the injuries that were sustained.
Injury Lawyer for Train Accidents
Our lawyers have a wide range of experience in a number of different types of train accident cases. To better understand each of these cases, click on any of the links listed below. This list is not comprehensive, and if you do not find what you're looking for you are encouraged to contact our office to personally speak with a representative.
Classification of Train Accidents
One of the most crucial roles that your train accident attorney will play in your case is helping in the investigation and classification of your accident. Once the causes and effects have been identified, the collision can be classified and appropriately addressed within the legal arena.
Train / Pedestrian Accidents
Contrary to popular belief, many train / pedestrian accidents are not suicide attempts. In actuality, pedestrians are wrongfully injured if not killed by a train conductor's negligent behaviors or a train company's wrongful actions.
The impact that two train cars can have when they collide should not be underestimated. Oftentimes, the force is so powerful that total destruction, serious personal injury, and even wrongful death could result.
Railroad Crossing Accidents
Railroad crossings that do not have the appropriate protection account for a substantial number of injuries and deaths.
Passenger Train Accidents
A significant number of train passengers are injured each year as a result of defective equipment, compliance failures, and damaged products.
Train Public Hazards
Trains carrying hazardous materials are particularly dangerous when they are involved in any type of accident. In many cases, the emergency crew members that immediately attend to the scene of the accident are not made aware of these hazards, further endangering lives.
Improper Train Maintenance
When a train car and the facilities that it utilizes are not properly maintained, the damages that might ensue could be catastrophic. It is vitally important to the safety and functioning of trains and their operating systems that continual maintenance is done on these vehicles. Failure to do so could quickly result in serious personal injuries or fatalities to the victims involved in train accidents.
Railway property owners and managers are legally responsible for warning the public of the dangers that are inherent on railroad sites. Failure to do so could lead to accidents, injuries, and death.
How Arnold & Itkin Can Fight for You
Train companies are often reluctant to admit to liability in railroad accidents. Train accident victims need qualified attorneys to make sure that the train company bears responsibility for a catastrophic train accident and that the victims are fairly compensated. The operator of a train involved in an accident may be a government entity. Such operators may have successfully promoted the passage of tort claims act laws that affect train accidents. If this is the case, good legal assistance is imperative in order to negotiate the complex legal requirements of such cases.
You need an attorney will put your need first and foremost and who will tirelessly fight to ensure that your needs are met. Regardless of whether your accident was the cause of a mechanical failure (such as a defective brake), improperly loaded cargo, defective tracks or a negligent or reckless operator (such as one who is overly aggressive or texting while operating), we can help represent your rights.
We are not afraid to take on large rail companies and know the tricks of the trade. There are strict safety regulations that they need to abide by and if they fail to do so, they can be held accountable. We can help take up your cause and fight for the just outcome that you truly deserve. To learn more about how our legal team can protect your legal rights, contact us today!