Train accidents frequently cause serious injury and even death. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 746 fatalities occurred in train accidents/incidents in 2021 and 4,666 injuries occurred. The legal team of Nadrich & Cohen has handled all types of train crash cases including train collisions, accidents involving passenger trains, defective lines, derailments, distracted train operator, defective crossing guards, and engineer error.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train crash such as a crash involving an Amtrak train, contact Nadrich & Cohen now for a free, confidential consultation. Let our experienced attorneys advise you of your legal rights and legal options. We always look for all possible defendants who may be responsible for an accident in order to maximize our client’s recovery in a personal injury claim.
To discuss your case, call a train accident attorney at Nadrich & Cohen now for a free consultation. We don’t charge a fee until and unless we obtain a recovery.
Train Accident Recoveries
Financial compensation can obviously never fully compensate someone for the trauma experienced when you’re in a train accident or lose a loved one to one. Many train accidents lead to serious injuries. However, a financial recovery can help ease your suffering and help pay for any living needs or services.
The damages available in a train accident claim will vary based upon the circumstances of the accident. If you or a loved one were in a train wreck, you may be able to recover the following through train accident litigation:
If you have been injured in an accident involving a railroad company, you may have suffered severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. You might be facing medical expenses because of this. You may also need future medical care. This will lead to more medical bills. Our law firm can help you obtain financial compensation for any medical bills related to your train accident, such as doctor bills, hospital bills, physical therapy bills, home healthcare bills, medical monitoring bills, life care bills and more.
Accidents involving trains like industrial trains or commuter trains can often cause victims to miss time from work. Sometimes victims are hurt too badly to work. Sometimes victims need to miss work to attend medical appointments. Your train accident case may involve compensation for any wages you were unable to earn because of your injuries.
Loss Of Earning Capacity
Train accidents caused by things like a train derailment can sometimes cause people to be injured so badly they can’t work anymore. Sometimes victims can still work but can’t do the job they used to. We can help you recover compensation for any loss or reduction of your earning capacity caused by your train crash.
You may have had your car destroyed in a train accident. An experienced attorney at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover compensation for any property damage you suffered in your train accident.
Pain And Suffering
Train accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries because of the incredible forces involved. These injuries can cause tremendous amounts of physical pain and mental suffering. We can help you recover compensation for this pain and suffering.
If you lost a loved one in a train accident, unfortunately, financial compensation won’t bring your loved one back. It can prevent you from undergoing financial distress, though. You might qualify for compensation for the loss of your loved one’s income, household services, companionship and love. You might be eligible to be compensated for your loved one’s burial bills, funeral costs, pain, suffering and medical bills.
Who Can I Obtain A Financial Recovery From?
All railroad accidents are different and your train accident may have one or several responsible parties. Common carriers like railroads have legal obligations placed on them by the law. Train accidents can be caused by many things such as train derailments or train cars that are improperly pushed by railroad workers. Parties who may be held liable for your train accident injuries include:
- The owner and operator of the train
- The driver of a motor vehicle
- The owner of the train tracks
- The manufacturer of train or signal equipment
Liability And The Laws Of Public Transit
You shouldn’t have to risk your life if you take a train, metro, trolley or bus. However, rules are sometimes broken and safety standards are sometimes ignored in the pursuit of making a profit. Train conductors need to be thoroughly trained before they transport passengers.
Unfortunately, train passengers sometimes put their lives in the hands of negligent, incompetent or badly trained conductors. A single error by a conductor can end up with countless lives being lost or ruined in mere seconds.
Train accidents usually involve many people. They often lead to numerous fatalities and injuries. Multiple parties might be liable for any injuries you sustain in a train accident. Negligent conductors are often liable in train accidents.
When conductors are employees of train companies, train companies may be liable. Train companies can also be liable when they are negligent. An example of this would be a train company not maintaining its trains properly. Some train accident victims may be able to bring a claim against both the train company and the conductor.
When the train is owned by a government, the laws regarding claims versus government agencies need to be followed. This means defendants have to be notified of claims within six months of train accidents when government agencies are involved.
This time limit is a lot shorter than the time limit involved in a typical injury case, where injury victims are given two years to file a claim. Consider this if your injuries were caused in an accident caused by a train owned by a municipality.
If you don’t know who is liable for your accident or you are unsure about how or when to file a claim, call one of our experienced train accident lawyers today for a free consultation.
California Train Accidents And Negligence
A lot of different types of train accidents can happen. Here’s a few scenarios which are common and can help you understand how liability, fault and negligent work in train accidents:
The consequences can be devastating when a trail is derailed. There are a lot of causes which are possible in a train derailment. However, common causes of derailments include negligent conductors who exceed speed limits, train workers failing to make sure rail systems are properly maintained, train cars which are badly maintained and defective train parts.
Serious injuries and fatal injuries are common in collisions that involve multiple trains. Many train-on-train accidents are caused by negligent, distracted conductors of trains.
Crashes At Rail Crossings
A pedestrian or a car doesn’t stand a chance against a speeding train. It’s important that every rail crossing system functions properly. It’s important for motorists to obey the laws of traffic. Accidents at rail crossings can be the fault of negligent drivers colliding into vehicles, pushing them onto train tracks. Accidents at rail crossings can be caused by the negligence of operators of rail systems who don’t fix signals that are broken.
Injuries To Train Passengers
Train passengers can be injured by more things than just major accidents. Some might slip and fall. Some might be hurt by falling cargo or items. Some might be assaulted by third parties after inadequate or negligent security allows it to happen.
Train Injury Types
Your financial losses in a train accident may end up being paid by any parties who are negligent and caused your train accident. Our experienced train accident attorneys will pursue full compensation for your injuries from every responsible party. This can include compensation for medical expenses, legal services, treatment plans, pain, suffering and lost income. We can come to a fair settlement agreement with the liable parties and their insurance companies by negotiating with them.
We can help obtain compensation for train accident victims who suffer any injuries, including:
- Torn ligaments
- Broken bones
- Crushed bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal bleeding
- Brain trauma
- Head injury
All negotiations, and if necessary, any court proceedings, will be managed by Nadrich & Cohen so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. You can recover stress-free, resting assured that our lawyers are representing your best interests through the entire process. Rehabilitative services and long-term treatment are stressful enough without having to also handle a complex train accident claim. We represent you under a contingency fee meaning we won’t charge an upfront payment. We won’t get paid until and unless we win your case.
What Should I Do After A Train Accident in California?
The steps you take after your train accident can determine the outcome of your train crash claim. You should do the following after a train wreck:
- Document what occurred, including weather conditions, accident location and if the brakes were applied before the accident
- Take pictures of the accident scene
- Get the contact information of witnesses
- Get medical treatment immediately and do whatever your doctor tells you to
- Don’t talk to insurance companies; leave that to an experienced train accident lawyer instead so you don’t accidentally say something the insurance companies can use to pay you less
- Don’t use social media until your case is over
- Contact the California train accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen for a free consultation
Railroad Crossing Accidents
In the most recent year for which figures are available, 14 train accident victims died from injuries. However, over 900 fatalities involved auto accidents at railroad crossings or pedestrians who were struck by a train.
During the day, 75% of all car and train collisions involve the train hitting the car. It’s different after nightfall when 50% of all railroad crossing accidents involve the car crashing into the train. Night time accidents are typically caused by an inadequately marked crossing. The US Department of Transportation notes that 80% of railroad crossings are inadequately marked.
Most accidents involving a train and an automobile at a railroad crossing are caused not by human error but by inadequate warning signs and signals, or by defective barrier/guardrail equipment. A motorist injured by a train, whether at a railroad crossing or anywhere else on or off the train, may be able to make a claim for his or her injuries.
How Much Does It Cost For Nadrich & Cohen To Represent Me?
We won’t charge you any legal fees until and unless we obtain financial compensation for you. You won’t ever owe us a single penny out of your own pocket. The only fee we charge is a percentage of whatever money we recover on your behalf.
Do I Need A Train Accident Lawyer?
You’re not legally obligated to have a lawyer if you pursue a train accident injury claim. However, it can significantly benefit you to have experienced lawyers by your side like the experienced attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen.
Train accident lawsuits are considered personal injury lawsuits, just like car accident lawsuits. However, train accidents are often very dissimilar to car accidents.
Train accidents are fairly uncommon. Thus, very few injury lawyers have direct experience handling them. If you have been injured in a train accident, you need the assistance of a lawyer with direct experience representing train accident injury victims, a lawyer with direct experience working with insurance companies in this capacity as well as working in the courtroom.
Lawyers with direct experience handling train accident cases like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen will know how to make sure your claim is documented properly and know how to make sure your case is built in as convincing of a manner as possible. Most people know about car accidents, but taking train accident cases to court may be difficult since jurors might not know anything about train accidents. This means your lawyer really needs to present your case in a concise, clear way which jurors can understand easily.
We have all of the resources necessary to handle your claim. This includes investigators, experts such as accident reconstruction experts, and more.
How Do I Find Out If I Can Make A Train Accident Claim?
That’s easy, call the train accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen for a free and confidential consultation. Don’t delay as there are strict time limitations for filing train accident cases. Contact us now by texting us from this page, completing the contact form on this page or calling us to learn more about making a train accident claim.