Train passengers can sustain injuries in a variety of situations. Despite a relatively safe reputation, train passenger accidents occur more often than you might think. We typically hear about train collisions and derailments on the news, but many train passenger injuries occur when a train comes to a sudden stop or strikes a vehicle at a crossing, from slips and falls, or from defective equipment or loose baggage, for example.
The Complexity of Train Passenger Accidents
Investigations into accidents and passenger injuries can uncover a wide range of potential causes, from malfunctioning safety systems or employee error to problems with the track or signals. Because of the potentially catastrophic results and devastating consequences of train accidents, working with an experienced, knowledgeable railroad attorney is critical for injured train passengers.
Train passengers trust that train operators are properly licensed, well-rested, and able to safely perform their duties to protect those around them. They also trust that railroad managers, who are responsible for inspecting track, making sure safety devices are working, and ensuring a safe environment for passengers, are doing their jobs. Unfortunately, too frequently this is not the case, or the railroads cut corners. National Transportation Board statistics show that in an average year, well over 1,000 passengers are injured. Many passengers suffer fatal injuries every year. These statistics can spike dramatically when a major derailment or accident occurs, such as the 2015 Amtrak derailment, the 2005 and 2008 Metrolink and Union Pacific accidents, and the 1993 Amtrak accident.
Because of the forces involved and size and power of trains, train accidents can cause a wide variety of significant injuries. The experienced train accident attorneys of Bolt Hoffer Boyd have handled cases with injuries ranging from lacerations and broken bones to traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and death.
Train accident lawsuits are usually much more complicated than regular personal injury lawsuits, and will involve lengthy, complex investigations and formal litigation that will be hard fought by railroads and their attorneys.
Railroad accidents can be devastating. Your livelihood, your ability to work, provide for your family, and pay for medical bills, and your ability to lead a fulfilling life could be at stake. The railroad’s claims investigators and lawyers will work against you from the minute the accident is reported.
The Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm handles railroad injury claims, backed by years of experience litigating these cases. We represent clients involved in accidents on Amtrak trains, light rail passenger trains such Minneapolis/St. Paul Northstar light rail, Chicago Metra, California BART, Metrolink, and Caltrain, Seattle Sound Transit, Florida SunRail, TriRail, and high speed passenger rail, as well as tourist railroads and other carriers. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
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