A train accident can be a devastating incident resulting in serious injury or even death to the victims involved. Whether it is a derailment, a train-vehicle collision, a railroad crossing accident, an accident involving hazardous materials or any other type of railroad accident, many people may be harmed. Where negligence on the part of railroad employees, the train company or a governmental agency, or equipment manufacturers has been the cause of such an accident, they may be held liable for damages connected with resulting injuries or deaths.
A personal injury or wrongful death case stemming from a train accident can be a complicated matter in determining the cause of the accident, who is legally responsible, and if the train was operating under specific laws and statutes of limitations. Investigating and gathering all of the evidence pertaining to the accident will be a crucial part of the process as well as documenting the nature and the extent of the injuries and making financial projections of how such injuries will affect the victim or his family in the future. All of this will require the legal skills and oversight of a personal injury attorney who is well-versed in all of the technical and legal aspects of such cases. At our firm, you can count on the outstanding professionalism of our attorney and legal staff, who have a solid track record of successful case results to their credit. The Law Offices of Haleh Shekarchian is a recognized leader in the personal injury field, as evidenced by our membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 2,000 train accidents occurred throughout the United States in 2011. California was among the top five states with the most train accidents. 1,442 of these accidents involved derailments. Southern California, which is home to the large metropolitan areas of San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Santa Barbara has many commuter and long-distance train systems, including Amtrak and Metrolink.
Train accidents can be caused by poor maintenance of trains and their equipment on the part of the train company, by inadequate or defective safety protection devices and equipment at railway crossings, and by errors made on the part of train employees and operators. All of these may be factors in any claim or lawsuit following a train accident.