Train Accident Lawyer - Injury CompensationLAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7125
If you have suffered an injury on a train or on railroad property then you need advice from a train accident lawyer. For advice at no cost and without obligation from an accredited personal injury lawyer just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. A train accident lawyer will telephone you immediately to discuss your compensation claim. You will be given advice on how best to pursue your claim and what actions you should take to preserve your legal rights. Our train accident lawyers deal with compensation claims using a contingency fee arrangement. If you don't succeed in receiving a settlement then your lawyer won't get paid. Our train accident lawyers are involved in settlements relating to collisions with other trains, road vehicles or pedestrians, crossing incidents, slips and falls at stations, failure of trains, track and infrastructure, obstructions, derailment, assaults, vandalism and driver error.
Signal at Danger
One of the main causes for concern involves the potential for collisions between two trains when signals are passed at danger. This situation usually occurs when a driver either recklessly or negligently ignores a cautionary signal requiring him to stop as a result of perceived danger further along the track. There are thousands of these incidents every year some of which have the potential for causing serious and catastrophic fatal accidents.
Grade crossings continue to be a major cause for concern in view of the annual loss of life as a result of accidents caused by negligence or equipment failure. Maintenance of the protective devices is the responsibility of the railroad company which may be found negligent when a grade crossing accident has been caused by improper installation or maintenance of those devices. In addition all controlling locomotives must have headlights of a specified brightness and horns that are capable of producing a warning sound meeting a minimum loudness standard when approaching a grade crossing. A train crew must have the locomotive headlight on the brightest setting and must sound the whistle and ring the engine bell continuously beginning one quarter mile from the crossing until the train has occupied the crossing. Drivers should be aware that cross buck is considered the equivalent of a yield right of way sign, and active protection, when operating, has the same effect as a traffic light displaying a stop indication.
An experienced train accident lawyer will be able to give you reliable information as to appropriate time limits and notice requirements. It is important especially in accident claims involving public transport to ensure that a case is brought within the time periods specified in the "statute of limitations" and other local regulations or the injured party may lose the right to recovery.