Train Accidents – What You Need to Know
Have you or a loved one been injured in a train accident? Accidents on railways can be caused by a number of factors which may include collisions with the following:
- Other trains
- Road vehicles or pedestrians
- Grade crossing incidents
- Slips and falls at stations
- Failure of trains
- Driver error
The following are some United States railroad accident statistics as well as California state-level statistics:
- Every hour and a half there is a train derailment or collision
- Every year there are around 3,000 railway accidents (650 accidents in California)
- Every year approximately 1,000 people will die as a result of railway accidents (approximately 140 in California)
- Almost every 2 weeks a train derailment causes a chemical spill, resulting in evacuations of local residents
- The occurrence of train accidents has been escalating since 1997
Proving damages against a railway company can be extremely complex. First you must establish that the carrier was responsible for the accident and, if so, to what extent the company is liable. With Sacramento being one of the top destinations for Amtrak trains in California, it is important to know the facts about train accidents. It is crucial that you consult with an attorney who is experienced in interpreting the laws governing railroads and can properly represent you against the railroad company. A railroad company may also be liable if the accident was a result of poorly maintained tracks, unsafe railway cars, inadequate security or negligent operators.
Your Train Accident Case- Get the Help You Need
You may be entitled to receive compensation for your loss. Some things can never be replaced, but through the legal process you might be able get some assistance with medical bills, vehicle repairs, pain and suffering, loss of earning, and future loss of earnings. In the extremely unfortunate event that a death has occurred as a result of the accident, you can file a wrongful death suit.
If your accident involved one of the many railroad companies owned or operated by the government, you need to move quickly if you want to make a claim. “Tort Claims Acts” may apply to injuries caused by the railroad. Tort claims acts usually require that the government entity be given notice of the injury within a very short time, and prohibit the filing of a lawsuit unless proper notice is given. In some states, the statue of limitations against government entities is as short as six months. Contact Sacramento train accident lawyer Frank D. Penney to resolve your case today.