Miami Railroad Accident Attorneys
Helping Train Accident Victims Throughout the State of Florida
Every year, hundreds of Americans are involved in railroad accidents and, given the size, weight and power of trains, train accidents often cause devastating harm. All types of train accidents, whether involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, other trains, or derailments, can, in fact, cause catastrophic injuries or death. These horrific accidents are usually the result of negligence or recklessness and it is essential that experienced attorneys are promptly retained to obtain and preserve the evidence necessary to hold the responsible parties accountable for the grievous injuries that they have caused.
When you or a family member has been seriously injured in a train accident and are struggling to cope with life-altering injuries, obtaining answers to your questions about how this terrible event could possibly have occurred can be more than overwhelming. Furthermore, often unscrupulous representatives of the railroad and their insurance companies might contact you in an effort to exploit your vulnerability during this difficult time.
Experienced train and railroad accident attorneys can protect you from harassment and preserve your legal rights. Therefore, it is essential to engage advocates who will fight for your rights without delay.
When you contact Boyers Law Group to represent you after a train or railroad accident, we will help you during this exceedingly difficult time. Our experienced Florida railroad accident attorneys will immediately begin gathering the evidence that will be essential to achieving accountability for the train or railroad owners/operators’ harmful conduct and we will vigorously pursue the justice that you deserve. You and your loved ones may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries and losses and Boyers Law Group has the experience, skill and resources needed to civilly prosecute the bad actors who have hurt you or your precious family members.
Causes of Train Accidents
Many people think railroad accident injuries occur only from derailments, since this is what they see and hear about on the news. Certainly, derailments do cause catastrophic damage; however, there are many other kinds of accidents/incidents that also cause serious injuries, including:
- Collisions with another train
- Collisions with a vehicle
- Railroad crossing accidents
- An obstacle on the tracks
- Defective equipment or tracks
If you’ve been injured in a collision, a derailment, or any other type of railroad accident, please contact a Boyers Law Group railroad accident attorney as soon as possible. Railroad companies have attorneys to protect their interests; we want to help protect yours.
Liability for Railroad Accident Injuries
Common carriers such as the railroad, which provide transportation services to the general public for a set fee, are responsible for maintaining safe conditions on the railroad. According to state and federal regulations, railroad companies must ensure the careful operation, inspection, and maintenance of all equipment and facilities. Their employees must be adequately trained, and they must take all necessary precautions to ensure passenger safety.
Since railroad companies are legally responsible for maintaining safe conditions and exercising care for their passengers, they are generally liable if injuries occur. Whether you’re injured while boarding, during your train travel, or while exiting, the railroad company can be held liable, and depending on the circumstances, even if your injury was caused by a third party.
Railroads are also generally responsible for maintaining reasonably safe crossings, although laws can vary. This is especially important, since 94% of all injuries and fatalities related to the railroad occur at crossings or are due to trespassing, and railroad crossing accidents are the second leading cause of railroad-related deaths in America. At a minimum, trains need to travel at safe speeds, blow their horns, and use their lights as they approach and go through crossings, and railroad companies need to maintain signals, gates, and visibility at crossings.
Train Accident Injury Lawsuits
Train accident lawsuits can be very complicated because they are subject to different state and federal laws and regulations, and they often involve more than one responsible party. Bringing a successful suit against a railroad company can, therefore, be challenging, so it is important to have experienced railroad accident attorneys advocating for you.
A successful lawsuit must show that the railroad company is liable for the injury or wrongful death. If the railroad did not meet federal or state safety standards and the lack of safety caused the accident, then it is clearly liable and responsible for paying compensatory damages for things such as past and future medical expenses, lost income, decreased quality of life, pain, and emotional suffering. However, if circumstances beyond the railroad’s control which could not have been prevented with greater safety measures caused the injury, then liability may be more difficult to prove.
Boyers Law Group Attorneys Have Many Years of Successful Experience in Representing Clients for Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death from Accidents
Because train accident injury lawsuits are complex, it is in your best interest to get help from an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Acting quickly is important to ensure a thorough investigation, preserve important evidence, and prosecute a successful case.
At Boyers Law Group, our skilled attorneys have the experience you need to successfully handle the complexities of your railroad injury case. Our compassionate, experienced team will help you understand the legal process, build a strong case to protect your legal rights, and work aggressively to hold the responsible parties accountable. We’ll put our more than 25 years of experience in achieving substantial compensation for our seriously injured clients to work advocating for you.
U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Railroad Administration. Office of Safety Analysis. (2019).
U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Railroad Administration. (2019). Railroad crossing safety & trespass prevention.