Train accidents present a host of potential problems you don’t have with other forms of transportation, and
can cause severe injuries or fatalities. Whether you are injured at a train crossing or injured while on the train during a derailment, the results can be absolutely devastating. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train wreck, it is important that you consult with a board certified train crash attorney as soon as possible so that you know you have an advocate fighting for your rights while the official investigation is conducted.
Car Accidents at Railroad Crossings
Trains strike pedestrians and cars every day, so even if you're not on a train, you could still be injured in a train accident. Use extreme caution when driving or walking near train tracks, and always yield to a train, even if you have right of way. Trains strike cars or pedestrians at intersections around the country about once every two hours. Many times, it is the result of a lack of warning or a non-working, or otherwise defective, crossing gate or flashing light.
Train Accidents may Cause Severe Injuries or Fatalities To Passengers
Train accidents may cause severe injuries or even fatalities. Derailments at high speeds have been known to kill dozens of passengers, and injure many more. Even a low-speed train accident or collision can have serious consequences. Due to the nature of this form of mass transit, train accidents are typically more severe and include many more injuries than car or other transportation-related accidents.
One of the most upsetting things about being injured as a passenger on a train is that the accident is completely out of your control. When you’re driving your own vehicle, you have some control over where the vehicle goes and how you drive. You can’t control other drivers, and may still suffer an injury due to another driver’s negligence, but you can avoid some potential accidents. When you’re on a train, your life is completely in the hands of the train operator, and you have no control over safety and appropriate precautions.
Train Accident Claims May Be Difficult to Pursue
Depending on the agency managing the train (such as DART—Dallas Area Rapid Transit) or the trains owner (such as BNSF—Burlington Northern Sante Fe or UP—Union Pacific) train accident claims may be difficult to pursue. These agencies and companies are armed with lots of lawyers whose sole goal is to protect the company from claims and lawsuits.
Train accidents may fall under both state and federal laws, so you need an experienced train accident attorney to help you navigate your case. The personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at the Anderson Law Firm provide free consultations to people who have been injured in train accidents, so call today to set up your consultation and let us figure out how to best pursue your claim. We can be reached at 817-294-1900 in Fort Worth and 214-327-8000 in Dallas.
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