Burlington Train Accident Lawyers
Trains continue to be one of the primary methods of travel in the United States. Between the city-wide metro rail systems, interstate train systems, and freight train systems, millions of miles are traveled every year by trains. Countless people use public transportation systems rather than investing in a vehicle. While technology advances have made modern train systems much safer than in the past, unfortunately, there are still thousands of train accidents each year. Because of the size and mass of trains, a collision or derailment is usually catastrophic, resulting in serious injuries and loss of life.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a train accident, you need to contact a personal injury attorney without delay. You have a right to expect fair compensation for your injuries, but navigating through the legal processes in train accident cases will be complicated and challenging on your own – especially when you’re recovering from a personal tragedy that affects your ability to work, earn a living, or care for your family.
Despite the strict safety regulations imposed by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), thousands of train accidents occur every year. Many of these accidents are the result of acts of negligence by a train operator, train company, equipment maintenance firms, manufacturers, the parties who maintain signals and train controls, or others.
Some of the other common causes of train accidents are:
- Human error
- Negligence in following safety procedures
- Conductor fatigue
- Defective tracks
- Reckless passengers or conductors
- Mechanical failure
- Lack of adequate protection for a railroad crossing
Transportation agencies are required by law to provide safe transportation for passengers. If federal regulations have been violated, leading to injury or wrongful death, a lawsuit or claim can be filed to seek justice and full and fair compensation.
Determining who is responsible for a train accident is a complex and challenging process due to the number of parties involved in train operations. Thankfully, the FRA now requires that each train keep a “black box” that records all relevant information about the train – the speed it was travelling, its location, throttle position, and braking actions, along with video to record track and environmental conditions. This information can provide critical evidence to support your case.
In many cases, several parties may be held liable. A defective part could be missed by a repair crew, or a train could derail due to operator error. Determining responsibility is a crucial step in protecting the rights of injured victims and recovering full compensation for their injuries, or filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
A case is valued based on the long-term impact on the life of the victim. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a train accident, it is imperative that you have the support of a top litigator to help you seek compensation. The types of damages pursued in a train accident will include both economic and non-economic damages:
- Economic damages: These damages are the actual costs incurred as a result of your injuries, including medical costs, hospital bills, nursing, rehabilitation, medications, surgeries, and ongoing care, along with lost income from work and lost earning capacity.
- Non-economic damages: Often the largest portion of an injury claim, these damages reflect the pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, emotional anguish, and other personal losses resulting from the injuries.
If a loved one died in a train accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against the negligent parties to recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses leading up until death
- Loss of consortium (loss of the support and presence of a loved one)
- Emotional damages for your family
- Loss of financial support
Our experienced personal injury attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., will perform a detailed analysis of your case and work with our professional resources, including medical and financial experts in valuing your case. We will relentlessly pursue all the damages you are entitled to claim.
Our personal injury attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., are some of the most experienced and trusted attorneys in the Burlington area. We believe that everyone deserves fair and legal compensation for their injuries. We have seen insurance companies and large corporations fail to treat injured people fairly, and we refuse to let our clients be treated unfairly. Our firm has garnered a reputation for excellence in personal injury law and is nationally recognized for our achievements.
If we take your case, you can be confident that you are in professional hands that will treat you with respect, compassion, and care. We are dedicated advocates for train accident victims and offer a free consultation to discuss your case. Call us today at (781) 262-3338.