Florida Train Accident Attorney
Protecting Injured Victims
With an estimated 130,000 miles of train track running throughout the United States, railroad accidents are more common than most people think. According to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, more than 11,000 rail accidents and incidents occurred in the United States in 2017 alone, resulting in 845 fatalities. Over 400 of the reported accidents and incidents took place in Florida and resulted in 66 total fatalities.
The train companies that transport people and products across the country are considered common carriers. These companies not only have a duty to make certain that their passengers and cargo are transported safely, they also have a legal duty to ensure that their locomotives are operated in a manner that keeps motorists, pedestrians and other people safe from harm. When an operator, owner or other entity fails to meet its legal duties and an accident occurs, the company can be held liable for the ensuing injuries and damages.
Common Causes of Railroad Accidents
While there are many different reasons why train accidents occur, some of the most common causes of railroad accidents include:
- Train derailment
- Train conductor error
- Collisions with other trains
- Crashes with a car, truck, bus or other vehicles
- Mechanical failures
- Problems with the track
- Stalled vehicles on the track
- Signal defects
- Faulty railroad crossings
- Failure to properly maintain railroad tracks
Parties Who may be Liable for Train Accidents
When a train collision or other railroad accident occurs, there may be several different parties who can be held liable for injuries and damages. These parties may include the owner and operator of the locomotive; the company that designed or constructed the train; the company responsible for maintaining the track and installing crossing gates, lighting and other signals; the city or municipality where the collision occurred; the driver of the car, truck or other vehicle involved in the crash and any other party that may have played a part in the railroad accident.
Filing a Train Accident Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Florida train accident, it is important to find a lawyer who can help navigate you through each stage of the legal process. These types of legal claims can be extraordinarily complicated, so you need to be certain that you are working with a legal team that has the knowledge and resources to help you get the compensation that you deserve. The railroad company and other entities who may be responsible for your injuries will be backed by powerful attorneys who know how to fight these accident claims. Hiring a law firm that is experienced in handling serious accident and injury cases can level the playing field and make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
When you work with our firm, our Florida train accident lawyers will explain your options and aggressively pursue the course of action that you feel is best for you. The law allows victims of train crashes and other rail accidents to recover compensation for their losses and injuries. This recovery may include money to compensate you for your:
- Past and future medical and care
- Past and future lost earnings
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Other costs associated with your accidents
Discuss Your Claim With a Florida Train Accident Attorney
When you are dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident, such a train crash or collision, it is important to have experienced legal representation on your side. The Florida Law Group offers free initial consultations to train accident victims and their families. Call us today to discuss your accident claim with a dedicated and compassionate Florida train accident attorney.