Train accidents occur when trains traveling along the same tracks collide. They also occur when a train is derailed due to technical issues with the rails, rolling stock, or security systems, or if a natural disaster occurs. These types of accidents can be devastating for the victims and their families, as well as the immediate environment.
Victims of train accidents often suffer from catastrophic injuries, including spinal, head, and brain injuries, as well as fractures and burns. Many will also have to contend with emotional and psychological stress and debilitating financial problems.
What Are the Main Causes of Rail Accidents?
According to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Safety Analysis, of the more than 4,000 recorded railroad accidents and incidents in 2018, human factors played a role in 258 of them.
Railway accidents can occur due to the following reasons:
- Mechanical failure
- Human error
- Inattentive passersby
- Track issues
- Collisions with other trains and vehicles
- Accidents at unguarded railroad crossings
- Stranded cars on the track
- Suicide attempts
To establish liability and the appropriate reparation for victims, authorities must carefully examine the particulars of a specific train accident.
What to expect when negotiating your train accident claim
Depending on how many surgeries you’ll need to undergo and how serious these operations are, the cost of treatment for train accident injuries can run up to the thousands or even millions of dollars. Aside from current medical expenses, you’ll also need to take into account future medical expenses, which can be difficult to ascertain.
You’ll be dealing with the following entities when seeking damages for your train accident injury:
- The train owner or operator who will be under the insurance companies’ protection (these companies have adjusters capable of countering your claim).
- Defense lawyers who will do everything in their power to defend their clients from lawsuits.
You’ll also need to gather the appropriate evidence to demonstrate the defendant’s negligence, as well as proof of your damages, injuries, and losses.
Get Just Compensation With the Help of a Railroad Accident Lawyer
Train companies and commuter rail lines are legally obligated to provide every passenger with the highest level of safety. If you were injured in a train accident, then you have every right to seek recompense from the parties responsible for your trauma and losses.
However, you should be aware that you’ll be facing some daunting challenges, including the machinations of the negligent party’s lawyers and insurance adjusters. You will also need to demonstrate the culpability of the defendant. Before you can do this, you’ll need to determine the cause of the accident, which could have been the result of human error in the operation of the train or negligence in the maintenance of the train or the tracks.
To ensure a positive outcome to your train accident claim, consider hiring an experienced and knowledgeable train accident lawyer. Mesriani Law Group’s highly experienced team of personal injury attorneys will aggressively pursue your case against the negligent party, ensuring that you get the best compensation to cover all of your suffering and losses.