Train Accidents

Train Accidents and Injuries are Devastating

If you have suffered a terrible and traumatic accident involving a train you need representation

train accidentsThe law firm of R.E. Lopez & Associates has extensive experience in litigating railroad accident cases. Due to the laws and regulations surrounding railroad litigation, cases like these are often very complex and come with their own set difficulties. The team at R.E. Lopez & Associates has the experience and the expertise to navigate and fight for your case. Our team has the skill to represent multiple parties affected by the same accident, and we have a team of experts on hand to evaluate every aspect of your claim and put the pieces together to build your case and get you the compensation you deserve.

Derailments

When a locomotive is derailed, the potential for catastrophic damage to both human life and property is astronomical. Unfortunately, many train derailments are preventable. As much as 29% of these cases are due to human error. Many of these tragic accidents are caused by distraction, leading to trains going into a curve at excessive speeds.

If our investigators discover that the accident was caused by human error, individuals who suffered injury during the crash have the legal right to seek compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one were the victim of an accident involving a train derailment, please contact our office as soon as possible to preserve critical evidence that may help to build your case.

Dangerous Crossings

If a railroad company sustains a dangerous railroad crossing, they can be held liable for any accidents that occur. Railroad crossings can be deemed dangerous due to poor visibility caused by overgrown vegetation, other visual obstructions, or if the company did not equip the crossing with gates and lights to alert drivers of oncoming trains.

A railroad crossing could be deemed dangerous if the tracks are engineered or graded in a way that could cause vehicles to get caught on the tracks while trying to cross. The companies will often raise the surface level of the tracks during routine maintenance, and neglect to undercut the tracks to their original elevation when they are done to save money. A raised crossing requires the company to dismantle, grade, and reconstruct the tracks to ensure that the crossing is safe and level.

Every major railroad company reports an average of 1,000 vehicles stuck at crossings every year. This reported average does not include vehicles that are able to free themselves before facing an oncoming train, or those that go unreported. By not repairing and leveling these crossings, the railroad companies save millions of dollars a year at the expense of motorists everywhere.

Railroad companies can also be held liable if they fail to use noticeable warnings like a whistle or horn as the train approaches a crossing. Because of the incredible weight and size of trains, any accident involving a train usually ends in severe injury, damage, and even death.

If you are a loved one have been the victim of a crash involving a train at a railroad crossing, contact our office today for a free, no obligation consultation, and let us fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

 

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