Although there are obviously many different incidents that can cause personal injuries or fatalities, train accidents have the potential of significant damages to multiple riders. If you suffer injuries in a train accident, you should contact Train Accident Attorneys to help you recover compensation for your injuries. To try to go it alone, when also dealing with the associated emotional and physical traumas, can be a huge mistake, likely ending up without any recovery whatsoever.
Train accidents may be caused by collisions which, whether head-on, rear-end, slanting, or track obstruction. There are also derailments that either came off the plain track, curves or junctions. There are fires, explosions, the release of hazardous chemicals (sometimes caused by sabotage or terrorism). There could also be people falling or ejected from trains. There could be someone hit by a train while on the tracks.
Such incidents may be caused by driver error (such as failing to stop or slow at signals, moving at an excessive rate of speed, failing to properly operate the engine, failing to check brakes and other safety systems, failing to stop at crossings, or other reasons). Causes may arise out of other personnel errors (such as allowing two trains to traverse the same path, incorrect operation of signals, or other reasons). Accidents may be caused by poor design and maintenance of equipment, overloading of train cars, fires, and much more. And, of course, there are intentional acts of terrorists and other bad actors.
In order to properly bring such a claim if you or a family member is hurt or killed as a result of any of these incidents or issues, Train Accident Attorneys are the ones with experience to make sure you comply with all rules and regulations surrounding your claims.
For example, if you are hurt in a train accident, similar to car accident or slip-and-fall cases, there is a two-year time limit by which you must bring your lawsuit.
Different from car accidents and slip-and-falls, train incidents often result in injuries to multiple persons and, as such, may involve the “class action” lawsuit, which affords many plaintiffs the right to deal with similar claims arising out of similar facts in one lawsuit.
Instead of each person filing his or her own lawsuit, resulting in clogged court calendars and long, drawn out, expensive legal processes for each individual. Consolidating these claims into a single lawsuit reduces expenses for plaintiffs and defendants along with the time it will take resolve the case.
In addition, class action lawsuits often lead to greater and quicker settlements, primarily because the optics of so many plaintiffs complaining against one entity is bad publicity and also makes it less likely that a defendant will ultimately prevail at trial. As such, a large settlement fund to be divided among the plaintiffs may prove beneficial for the company than a long fight.
For these reasons, train accidents are somewhat different from your classic car accident or slip-and-fall case, and should be handled by Train Accident Attorneys with expertise in this area. These attorneys should also have class action experience and the financial strength to front what may be significant expenses that will not be recovered until after resolution.