Train Accidents and Injuries
“In approaching this problem, we cannot turn the clock back…”
United States Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, 1954
The Supreme Court in American History, 1965
Railroad and Train Tragedies
The use of railroads has been crucial to the advancement and development of our country over the past 200+ years. Railroad transport revolutionized travel and commerce in our country and without it, we would not have the knowledge and ability to travel cross-country to deliver passengers, food and other crucial goods. Many people and companies have profited generously from the use of the railroad – but many have been unfortunately injured or perished from its use, too.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) governs the use and safety of railroads in the United States. Accidents from railroad use are not as prevalent as motor vehicle use, but when the accidents happen, very serious trauma and costs may result. The multi-passenger aspect and the potential for displacement of hazardous material are just a couple of reasons train accidents affect many more people than a normal motor vehicle accident.
In 2008, the FRA documented over 12,000 train and/or railroad accidents. This number includes train wrecks, railway crossing trespassing and hazardous spill accidents. In addition to many passengers and employees being killed or injured, these tragedies also result in property loss. Without proper legal representation after an accident involving a railroad or train, the odds are you or your family will be footing the bill for any resulting injuries or loss.
Right to Recover Under the Law
You are entitled to recover money damages in the event you or your loved one was injured or died at the hands of another’s negligence. Securing proper representation and preparing strong evidence quickly are vital components to your winning at trial. Large companies and their insurance agencies retain defense attorneys in order to defray large scale costs from jury verdicts, but skilled and experienced representation on your behalf can result in a positive settlement or jury verdict.
Money Damages from Train Accidents and Injuries
Recovery of money can include present and future medical bills and, depending on the facts of the situation, mental pain and suffering damages, lost past and future wages, permanent impairment/disfigurement, punitive damages, wrongful death damages and loss of enjoyment of life.