What You Should Know About Train Accidents in California
Presently, there are over a million train cars across the nation. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reports that there are approximately 3,000 train-related accidents each year and about 1,000 of these accidents have fatal consequences. Other reports suggest that the amount of accidents and injuries could be much higher. This is true even though trains have been historically considered as the “safest method of transportation” when compared to flying and driving.
A train accident is unique from other forms of accidents, not only because of the damage caused, but also because of the strict rules and regulations imposed by various state and federal agencies. When an incident involving a train occurs, there are numerous agencies that will investigate the case.
Train Accidents in the State of California
The State of California is no stranger to disastrous train car and Metrolink railroad accidents. One of the , if not the, deadliest of these cases occurred in the year 2008, when a Metrolink train struck a freight train head-on. As a result, 25 people lost their lives and a second catastrophic collision had occurred just a few years earlier when a Metrolink train struck a Jeep that was left behind on the tracks in a supposed suicide attempt, causing a tremendous pile-up.
Train and Metrolink accidents happen frequently throughout California. Many of these cases thankfully do not have deadly consequences, but they nonetheless do often result in catastrophic injuries.
The Consequences of An Injury Caused By a Railroad or Train Accident
A train accident can have a devastating result for the victim and the family. Consequences can include disabilities and be very expensive; and, they could also lead to the victim’s inability to earn a living. A victim who has suffered injuries caused by a train or Metrolink in California has the legal right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover damages for his or her injuries. Financial compensation obtained can help the victim recover for the following:
- Hospital expenses
- Therapy and medicinal expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
In turn, they hopefully can catch up on the mortgage, pay utilities and car payments, help with children’s expenses and education, and a myriad of other needs.
Train Car Accidents Are Very Complex: Obtain the Legal Support of a Qualified Attorney
A person who has suffered injuries after being involved in a train-related accident will find that filing a claim can be a very complex and daunting process. There are numerous agencies and public entities that will investigate the accident and claim. The victim will find his or her claim challenged and will have to fight for just compensation.
An experienced attorney can help the victim fight for his or her right to financial compensation. An experienced litigator will ensure that the case is not minimally settled, but that the client receives that financial restitution he or she deserves.
The attorneys at Heiting & Irwin have successfully represented many train accident victims in their pursuit of justice. The experienced firm understands that accidents can result in difficulties for the victim and his or her family. Additionally, the firm is highly proficient in state and federal laws relating to accidents involving trains, which is of utmost importance in the litigation process.
If you have been injured in a train accident, consult a skilled and experienced attorney who can vigorously defend your rights. Accidents involving trains are subject to strict time frames; consult the proficient support of a skilled litigator today.