Trains are an efficient way to move people and cargo across the state of California, and traveling by rail is a necessity for a large number of commuters. While railways are safer than many means of transportation, train accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and lost lives. If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, you need an experienced and compassionate attorney who can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
The law firm of J&Y handles train accident cases in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Francisco County, Sacramento County and all of California.
Train Accidents in California
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there are about 3,000 train accidents that result in 1,000 injuries every year across the country. These accidents occur in a number of ways such as derailments, collisions with other trains or vehicles, or at unprotected railroad crossings. Common reasons for train accidents include:
- Conductor error
- Railway negligence
- Mechanical failure
- Objects on the tracks
- Inspection and maintenance violations
Train Accident Injuries
Because trains travel at high rates of speed without providing special protection for passengers, train accidents can result in serious injuries and even death. Similarly, passengers can be injured while boarding or leaving the train if there is a gap between the train and the platform or if there are any other hazardous conditions. In addition, bystanders, including pedestrians and occupants of motor vehicles, can be injured at unprotected railroad crossings, if warning signals and gates fail to operate properly, or in derailments and cargo spills.
A train is considered a common carrier, or one that transports members of the public for a fee. As common carriers, railroad companies and commuter rail lines have a higher responsibility to safely transport the public by taking all necessary safety precautions to avoid an accident. A railway operator can be negligent if a crossing arm is not working, a warning signal fails to sound an alarm, or if the train engineer or conductor misses a signal or exceeds the speed limit. In California, common carriers such as Amtrak, Caltrain and MetroLink can be held legally responsible for failing to use the highest degree of care to avoid causing harm to passengers.
How the Law Firm of J&Y Handles Train Accident Claims
At the law firm of J&Y, we know that train accident victims will be faced with the possibility of long-lasting physical, emotional and financial burdens. Our experienced attorneys will engage in intricate and detailed negotiations with the insurance company to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
If the insurer fails to offer a fair settlement, we will litigate your accident case in court. If you or a loved one was injured in a train accident in California, call our office today at (888) 806-6722 for a free evaluation of your case.