Train accidents can lead to significant injuries and financial hardship for victims. If you have been injured in a train accident, the attorneys at Bennett Johnson, LLP, can fight for your rightful restitution while you focus on a full recovery. Train accidents can have a wide range of causes, and various parties may be held liable for these incidents. Accordingly, it is essential that you work with an experienced train accident attorney. Our team in Oakland, Napa, and Santa Maria, CA, has proven experience with all types of motor vehicle accident lawsuits. Thus, we can ensure that your case is handled with the utmost care and detail. Plus, we offer free case evaluations, and we work on a contingency basis. That way, you will owe nothing until we actually win your case.
What Causes Train Accidents?
Train accidents can occur for a number of reasons. They can injure passengers, pedestrians, passengers in nearby vehicles, and railroad workers. Derailments and collisions are the most common types of train accidents, but these incidents can result from a number of factors. Some train accident causes can include:
- Mechanical failure or a defective part
- Defective or ill-maintained railroad tracks
- Excess cargo, which can raise the risk of derailment
- Negligent train operation
- Lack of training for railroad employees
- Negligence or poor judgment on the part of drivers who cross over railroad tracks
- Obstructions on the tracks
According to the Federal Railroad Safety Administration, in 2015 there were a reported 8,985 train accidents nationwide. In total, these accidents resulted in 551 fatalities and countless more injuries.
Serious Injuries Sustained in Train Accidents
Trains are a less common mode of transportation than cars. Nevertheless, they still cause a significant number of injuries and deaths each year. According to the Federal Railroad Safety Administration, in 2015 there were a reported 8,985 train accidents nationwide. In total, these accidents resulted in 551 fatalities and countless more injuries. Due to the heavy weights of trains and the lack of protection for pedestrians and passengers, physical damage can be quite severe. Common injuries in train accidents include:
Sadly, much of this damage can be life-altering. It can also result in steep bills for years after train accidents occur.
Why It Is Important to Find an Experienced Train Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a railroad accident, financial compensation can cover many expenses. Among other things, you may be able to obtain restitution for medical bills, psychological distress, long-term medical costs, property damage, and lost wages. To obtain compensation, it is essential that you work with a qualified lawyer. Train accidents cases can be very complicated. Defendants may include train operators, train companies, motor vehicle drivers, parts manufacturers, and more. A qualified attorney must be able to sift through all the details to determine precisely who was at fault.
The attorneys at Bennett Johnson, LLP will provide a free consultation to ascertain whether you have a viable case. Then, through negotiation or in court, they will fight aggressively for your rights and your just compensation. Our team has been providing outstanding legal representation since 1981. With our focus on personal injury law, we offer knowledgeable and hard-hitting services. At the same time, we treat our clients with the compassion and respect that they deserve.
Contact Us for the Expert Legal Guidance You Need
If you are the victim of a train accident, contact Bennett Johnson, LLP. We will schedule you for your complimentary consultation so that we can get started building a strong case on your behalf.