Railway Accident Lawyer
Railroad companies are responsible for securing their property, yet trespass fatality is the number one cause of all railroad-related deaths.
To kids and teenagers, the world is a playground. They don’t know or care who owns a particular piece of property — all they know is that it looks like a great place to play. Furthermore, adults may take advantage of the rail right-of-way to jog, ride bikes, fish and walk on or near railroad tracks daily, without realizing that they are trespassing and endangering their lives and the lives of train crews. In 2006 the Federal Railroad Administration reported that trespass fatalities, the number one cause of all rail-related deaths, increased by 14.5 percent to 530.
It is the responsibility of railroad owners and operators to ensure that every measure is taken to educate and warn the public of inherent dangers associated with railroad property and operations. It is also the responsibility of those same owners and operators to take all possible measures to secure their rail yards, switching yards, rail right-o- ways, train bridges and all other railroad property from both willful and innocent trespassers.
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident on railroad property, the railroad company may be found liable for the injury if they didn't take sufficient measures to secure their property from trespass. If so, then you may be entitled to receive
compensation for your injury or loss.
Arnold & Itkin LLP can offer you the support and legal guidance you need during the difficult time following a railway accident. Both passengers and
employees can be in danger whenever a
train accident occurs, particularly those that happen on or near railway crossings. This is often because they result in the injury and/or fatality of others who may not have been on board the train at the time of disaster. Nearby pedestrians, motorists and passersby can also be at risk of an accident that occurs along an openly exposed railway.
If you have been harmed in a railway accident, whether from direct impact, exposure to toxic materials or something else, then you should quickly take action by contacting an associate from our firm. We have the experience it takes to represent cases of this nature, and we will do everything in our power to win you compensation for the
claims you have filed.
If you would like to learn more about rail accidents and safe practices around railways and trains, you can visit Operation Lifesaver or speak with one of our attorneys personally.