There are more than 5,000 train accidents in the United States every year, resulting in nearly 1,000 fatalities. Railroad derailments, when train cars run off the rails of their tracks, account for over 90% of these train accidents.
Railroad derailments often result in serious injuries to passengers, railroad employees, and bystanders. Many trains transport hazardous materials, so derailments can also result in toxic spills that have devastating consequences for local communities.
Railroad companies are required to use the highest degree of care to prevent injury to their passengers. In addition to state law, the Federal Railroad Administration regulates safety throughout the railroad industry. The National Transportation Safety Board is generally responsible for investigating and determining the cause of railroad accidents.We will review your train accident case and determine whether mistakes were made, such as:
- Inadequate maintenance of tracks, such as broken rails
- Excessive speed
- Debris on the railroad tracks
- Collisions with other trains
- Improperly maintained switches
- Train crew error
After a train accident, determining who was responsible and in what proportion is extremely complex. Railroad accident cases require expertise in all areas of the law, including product liability, negligence, and contract law.
Hiring a competent railroad accident attorney quickly after your accident could be beneficial to your case. It will help to relieve your stress in addressing your injuries and dealing with insurance companies.
Koreatown Injury Lawyers, Mark Waecker and John Denove understand the devastating results of collisions between trains and people.
Call us for free consultation of your case.