Train Accident Cases

 
 

A train accident injury may be sustained by someone on the train itself, someone standing near the tracks or a crossing, or someone in a vehicle that was struck by the train. But railroads may also be liable for injuries caused by any aspect under their control, including injuries resulting from a defective railroad crossing or a slip and fall on a railroad platform.

Causes of Train Accidents

Because of the severity and complexity of train accident lawsuits, you need an experienced train accident lawyer on your side.

America's Deadliest Train Accidents

For a train passenger, the typical injury is similar to that of an injury sustained by a car passenger, and often includes whiplash, broken bones and head injuries. The lack of seatbelts on many trains, however, can contribute to the severity of these injuries. As a “common carrier”, train companies have a “duty of utmost care” which is beyond that of negligence responsibilities toward non-passenger victims of a train accident.

Due to the size and speed of trains, injuries sustained by a pedestrian or occupant of an automobile involved in a train accident can be serious or life threatening. A train accident victim may need time to recover from his or her physical injuries but may also need to recover from psychological problems related to the accident.

A train accident victim has a limited amount of time in which to file a civil suit. If the railroad is owned or operated by a government entity, you may also need to give notice to this entity within a very short period of time in order for you or your loved ones to be entitled to compensation. The train company may send a representative to the accident scene or hospital.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a train accident, make sure no one signs any release forms or settlements before consulting with a competent train accident lawyer.

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