California Train Accident Attorneys
Have you ever seen a non-destructive train accident? It is more than likely that the answer is a resounding “no.” Train accidents are extremely violent and produce catastrophic results. Trains weigh may tons and they move very quickly. The faster they move, the more potential for destruction they carry with them. There are several different types of train accidents, including:
- Train vs. Car/Truck
- Train vs. Train
- Train Derailment
- Train vs. Person
- Malfunctioning Warning Equipment
A vehicle or pedestrian caught on the tracks in front of an oncoming train is going to suffer the brunt of the damage in the inevitable collision. The train may drag a vehicle, as well as any occupants trapped inside of it, for miles. A pedestrian caught in a train’s path may be killed instantaneously. Passengers in a train that has derailed, or gone off of the tracks, are completely helpless to escape when the train comes to a crashing halt. The laws of physics victimize people every day in train accidents.
No one should ever end up in the path of an oncoming train, nor would anyone do so intentionally. If a train strikes a pedestrian or vehicle on the tracks, you can bet that the railroad company did something wrong. Well before a train passes through a railroad crossing, alarms and lights go off and a metal arm blocks the roadway to prevent access to the tracks.
Additionally, trains are expected to blow their horns when approaching a railroad crossing as a safeguard against malfunctioning equipment. If someone is struck by an oncoming train because they did not realize that it was coming, then it can reasonably be assumed that the railroad’s safeguards have failed.
Trains are designed to remain on their tracks. If a train derails, something went wrong and the railroad company is to blame. Tracks are designed to be used in one direction at any given time. This means that there should never be two trains traveling in opposite directions on the same track at the same time. If two trains collide, the railroad company has failed catastrophically.
Train accidents are devastating. People are killed every day by trains across the United States. Each of these deaths are avoidable and the railroad company responsible for operating the offending train must be held liable. Survivors of train accidents typically experience a wide range of injuries, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to paralysis or loss of limb.
In addition to physical injuries, train accident victims may suffer a lifetime of emotional trauma. If you were hurt in a train accident, The May Firm is here to help.
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California Train Accident Lawyers
The list above highlights some of the more common train accidents that occur each and every day, although they are not the only types of accidents that may occur. If you have been involved in a train accident, it important to understand that there are “hoops” that you will have to jump through in order to recover compensation for your injuries. These hoops are designed to protect the railways from wrongful lawsuits but will often deter victims with real claims from seeking compensation. You will need to find a personal injury attorney who specializes in recovery from train accidents to assist you in wading through all of the legal regulations and paperwork associated with filing a suit against the railroad. Without an experienced lawyer by your side, you may be left dealing with horrible injuries and equally horrible medical costs.
If you were hurt in a train accident, you will need a lawyer who will be honest with you at the very onset of your visit. At The May Firm, our clients have access to open and honest communication with personal injury attorneys of integrity. We will not fudge the details in court to make your case seem “stronger” and we won’t lie to you about your likelihood of recovery. In addition to our honesty and integrity, we also have plenty of experience in dealing with personal injury lawsuits, including those arising from train accidents. At The May Firm, you will be in good hands.
Find The Right California Train Accident Injury Attorney
In California, train accident victims have a right to recover for their injuries. If you were injured as a train passenger or as an unlucky bystander to a train accident, you have the legal right to sue for any damages that you may have incurred, including compensation for medical costs and pain and suffering.