California Train Accident Lawyer

Train and Railroad Accident Injury Tips

TIP: Consulting with a Train Accident Lawyer

Train accidents can be devastating, causing extensive injuries or even death. If you or a loved one suffered injuries or a loved one died because of a train accident, contact a train accident lawyer. A train accident lawyer is a personal injury lawyer with experience in representing clients whose lives have been impacted because of a train accident.

Because of the size and travel speed of the train, injuries have great potential to be severe or devastating. A train accident lawyer has resources in the form of medical experts and train wreck experts to testify on the client’s behalf, should a case not settle.

Settlements are a serious matter. People involved in settlement negotiations for a train accident are the train company’s insurance provider, the train company, their attorneys, the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s attorneys. The plaintiff should not try to obtain a settlement on his or her own—our train accident lawyers are experienced in settlement negotiations and litigation with large insurance companies.

TIP: Train Accident Attorney Responsibilites

If you or a loved one was injured in a train accident, contact a train accident attorneyas soon as possible. There is a statute of limitation—a time limit—to file a claim against the train company. If your loved one was injured in a train wreck and is not able to contact a railroad accident attorney, you should contact the attorney on your loved one’s behalf.

In addition to the time limit to file a claim, the train company’s insurance company will retain attorneys to “work” the case. The train accident attorneys will attempt settlement negotiations. You will most likely get a higher amount of compensation if you have your own train accident attorney.

If the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, the case may move forward into litigation. Train accident litigation is complicated, using many expert witnesses schooled in railroad physics. A train accident attorney has the experience to negotiate fair compensation for you or your loved one, and also has the litigation experience to take the case to trial in the event that the insurance company denies a fair settlement.

TIP: Railroad Lawyers and the FRA

A railroad lawyer is experienced in cases involving injuries or deaths and trains. The railroad lawyer must know the Federal Railroad Administration regulations (FRA) in order to properly represent his clients. A personal injury lawyer that is not familiar with the Federal Railroad Administration regulations will not be able to get the best outcome possible for his clients.

The rules set by the FRA are complex and specialized. They may involve railway safety, passenger safety, freight issues, accessibility concerns, and all manner of particular regulation.

If you or a loved one was injured in a train accident or a loved one died in a train accident, contact a railroad lawyer as soon as possible. You have a certain amount of time to file a claim against the railroad company (statute of limitations). If the statute of limitations passes, you will not be able to receive compensation for your medical bills and punitive damages (if negligence is involved), as you will not be able to file a claim.

TIP: Railroad Lawyers: The Three Parties

Railroad lawyers represent people that were injured or have loved ones that died in a railroad accident. Conversely, a railroad accident lawyer with knowledge of the Federal Railroad Administration also represents railroad companies in railroad accident cases. This particular “company attorney” defends the business against claims of injury or wrongful death as a result of a train wreck. The issue of negligence also plays a critical role in each case, so many railroad lawyers have personal injury experience.

There is another party typically involved in railroad accident cases; that is the insurance company. The insurance company also has a team of railroad lawyers with similar knowledge and experience.

It’s important to note that the “company” attorney and insurance company attorney are looking out for the best interest of their clients, not you as the injured party. They have experts advocating for them and their interests, it’s best you have the same. Don’t walk into the situation unprepared and overwhelmed. Leverage the expertise of your own train lawyer and have him or her advocate on your behalf, ensuring you receive just compensation.

TIP: Railroad Lawyers with FRA Experience

Railroad lawyers are not only experienced in personal injury law and filing negligence claims, but are experienced with the Federal Railroad Administration regulations. The Federal Railroad Administration regulations include regulations regarding accident and/or incident reporting, control of alcohol and drug use, the use of electronically controlled pneumatic brake systems, safety standards, crashworthiness of the locomotives, hazardous materials (civil and criminal penalties), hours of service and other regulations.

If a train crashes because these regulations were not followed, the negligent behavior could be attributed to the accident and injuries and/or wrongful death. Should the court find that negligent behavior was the cause of the train accident, the injured or the loved one of one who died wrongfully may be entitled to compensation—for medical bills and punitive damages. Punitive damages are extra compensation awarded in a settlement or a judgment because the defendant was negligent in its behavior.