A Train Accident Lawyer Can Protect Your Interests

Millions of individuals depend on trains for safe and efficient transportation. However, resulting accidents can cause serious consequences. As many widely publicized events have shown, train accidents often result in mass injuries and fatalities. If you have been injured in an accident involving a locomotive of any kind, it is essential to seek the representation of a qualified train accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure you are treated fairly for injuries and losses. Our San Diego, CA, law firm has a reputation for recovering substantial compensation for severely injured clients. If you or a loved one was injured in a train accident, contact our firm to schedule a free consultation. We charge no up-front fees for our legal work.

Railroads and Accidents

Train travel has been a staple in U.S. transportation since the 1800s and is more popular today than ever. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), ridership on Amtrak has risen by 50 percent since 2000. More than 300 trains run each day in 46 states on this national railroad, which receives partial funding from the government. State-run commuter trains are also increasingly popular, including San Diego’s Sprinter and Coaster lines.

However, devastating train accidents continue to happen at an alarming rate across the nation. In June 2016, a Colorado train accident involved a van that was struck as it crossed the tracks, killing five of the family members inside and gravely injuring a young girl. The incident took place at a crossing that had previously been identified as a problem, as it was lacking warning lights and a gate. It is vital to seek legal recourse after suffering from a severe accident like this. Holding responsible parties liable can help prevent the same situation from affecting others in the future.

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Common Causes of Train Accidents

The FRA reports that two-thirds of railway accidents are related to human error and defects in the train tracks themselves, while another 17 percent are caused by defective equipment or signals. These accidents include train-to-train collisions, derailments, and trains striking cars or pedestrians.

Some of the other most common causes of train accidents include:

  • Negligence by the train conductor
  • Inadequate maintenance of the train
  • Faulty bells, lights, or gates at a train crossing
  • Collision with a pedestrian or vehicle trying to cross the tracks at the last minute
  • Defective train parts or equipment

In some cases a combination of causes will lead to an accident. However, in all situations, a thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the true cause. Our team can consult with experts and authorities to establish liability and reconstruct the accident that caused your injury.

Train Accident Injuries

Victims of train accidents are likely to suffer severe, life-threatening and life-altering injuries. These may include:

Unfortunately, many train accidents result in numerous fatalities. Our attorneys have experience with catastrophic injuries and deaths resulting from train accidents and can handle your case with the sensitivity and compassion you deserve during this traumatic time.

Understanding Liability in Train Accidents

Photo of a trainTrain accidents are vastly different than motor vehicle accidents and are much more complex. In most cases, the claim will involve the federal or state government, or both. Railroads are regulated and governed by both federal and state laws, with strict requirements pertaining to maintenance and personnel. Violations mean the railroad may be strictly liable for injuries or wrongful deaths that result from an accident.

For this reason, the entities are well protected by insurance carriers and top defense lawyers. Plaintiffs in an accident are advised to retain their own counsel to ensure their interests are fully protected. An attorney can help you seek compensation from the liable parties, which may include:

  • The train conductor and their insurance company
  • A parts manufacturer for the sale and distribution of defective parts that caused the accident
  • The train company for a failure to properly maintain the train and all related railroad equipment
  • State or federal government agencies

Trolley Injuries

A Train Accident Attorney can Help You Receive Compensation

If you have been injured in a train or trolley accident you may be eligible to receive compensation from a municipality or state. It is of the utmost important that in these instances you make a claim as soon as possible. The professionals at San Diego Injury Lawyer can help you pursue your case by collecting evidence and building a strong defense.

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TRAIN ACCIDENTS IN SAN DIEGO

San Diego railway services include Amtrak and the downtown San Diego Trolley, operated by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. The North County Transit District operates the Coaster, which runs from downtown to Oceanside, and Sprinter, which runs east to west between Oceanside and Escondido. California is also a key part of the country’s national railroad freight lines, and accidents can (and do) involve freight train companies. This this heavy dependence on trains, it is highly unfortunate that accidents in the San Diego area are, unfortunately, common. From March through May of 2016, several pedestrians were struck by trains, resulting in death or serious or catastrophic injury.

LIABILITY AND LEGAL REPRESENTATION

California is a comparative negligence state, so even if a victim is partially responsible for the accident, they may still be eligible for significant compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured or you have lost a family member in a train accident, it is essential that you seek legal representation as soon as possible. Train accident cases become extremely complex and valuable legal counsel can protect your interests while letting you focus on recovery.

Our attorneys have years of experience with train accident law in California. We have assisted many victims and their families, and are dedicated to maximizing compensation or injuries and losses caused by negligence. We understand how to navigate the system to ensure you are treated fairly.

While financial restitution cannot make up for the loss of a loved one or erase the trauma you have suffered, it can help relieve the stress of your situation and allow you to focus on recovery.

COMPENSATION FOR TRAIN ACCIDENT VICTIMS

Our attorneys are well-versed in the most complex of personal injury cases, including train accidents. We have regularly secured settlements and jury verdict awards that exceed a million dollars for previous clients. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a train accident, we will fight for your right to compensatory damages, which may include compensation for your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of wages or income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Decreased quality of life

If you lost a loved one in a train accident, we can also file a wrongful death claim. These claims seek compensation for:

  • Your loved one’s prior medical expenses 
  • Funeral and burial expenses for your loved one
  • Loss of income your loved one provided to support your family
  • Loss of consortium, or companionship, for spouses, parents, or children

While financial restitution cannot make up for the loss of a loved one or erase the trauma you have suffered, it can help relieve the stress of your situation and allow you to focus on recovery.

REACH OUT TO OUR FIRM

Our team offers effective and compassionate legal help for victims of train accidents and their families. Please contact our firm online or call (858) 413-9228 today for a free consultation.