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In recent years, passenger train accidents have become an all too common occurrence, leaving a trail of injuries and fatalities in their wake. It’s disheartening to witness the recurring news of these high-profile tragedies, leaving millions of commuters who rely on Amtrak and other passenger trains concerned about their safety.

The root cause of these train accidents often lies in the negligence of rail companies. Whether it’s the failure to address deteriorating track conditions, the presence of hazardous equipment on the rails, or reckless speeds through treacherous curves, the consequences are dire.

Passengers and crew on these trains face devastating outcomes. From broken bones, fractures, and back injuries to neck injuries, spinal cord damage, brain trauma, severe burns, and other life-threatening injuries, the impact is immense. Moreover, innocent bystanders, including those living near the tracks, are also at risk when a train veers off course, potentially resulting in further injuries or loss of life.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, train accidents claim the lives of nearly 1,000 people each year, with thousands more enduring serious injuries. In the face of such tragic events, it’s essential to seek legal assistance if you or someone close to you has recently been injured or killed in a train crash.

At our law firm, we understand the gravity of these situations and are here to help. Our dedicated attorney can guide you through the complexities of your train accident case, fighting for your rights and pursuing compensation for pain and suffering, as well as other damages caused by the accident.


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1. Send a Case Evaluation for Free

You can check if you are eligible immediately.

2. You Will Receive a Call From Us

Our experts will guide you through the case and gather all of the information necessary to win it.

3. Let’s Get to Work

From the beginning to the end, our attorney will handle every aspect of your case. You do not pay until you win.

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Train Accident FAQs

What Causes These Frequent Train Accidents?

Numerous fatal train accidents in the past few years have been attributed to trains exceeding speed limits, especially when approaching hazardous curves that require a reduction in speed for safe navigation.

For instance, an investigation revealed that the Washington State Amtrak derailment in 2017 occurred when the train was traveling at 80 mph in a zone with a speed limit of 30 mph. Similarly, the deadly 2013 Metro-North crash in the Bronx involved a train traveling at 82 mph as it approached a sharp curve in the rail system.

In the South Carolina Amtrak crash of 2018, which claimed two lives, investigators discovered that an incorrectly set railroad switch diverted the train onto a different track, where a parked freight train was situated.

Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder known for its connection to fatal trucking crashes, has also been identified as a contributing factor in certain train derailments.

These accidents have prompted advocates for train safety and legislators to demand improved infrastructure maintenance, mandatory sleep apnea testing for operators, and the implementation of advanced rail systems like Positive Train Control. Such systems can automatically stop a train before an accident occurs.

The series of unfortunate events have shed light on the need for comprehensive measures to enhance train safety, ensuring the well-being of passengers, crew members, and communities.


How Can a Train Accident Attorney Help Me?

Train accident victims often endure life-altering injuries that leave them traumatized. Their recovery requires costly medical treatments and time away from work. To secure the compensation you deserve, a train accident lawyer can assist in determining liability and pursuing damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses.

Proving negligence on the part of a railroad company may sound straightforward, but it becomes considerably more challenging in practice. The realm of federal and state laws governing railroad safety is complex, further compounded by multiple federal agencies responsible for investigating and regulating railroad accidents.

An experienced lawyer well-versed in these laws can diligently investigate on your behalf. They will assess whether the railroad company or its employees violated any laws or operated the trains in a hazardous manner, ultimately leading to the derailment or crash. Their expertise will be instrumental in building a strong case on your behalf.


What Types of Train Accident Cases Do Our Attorneys Handle?

Our attorney have handled a wide range of cases involving negligence on the part of rail companies. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Derailments
  • Speeding excessively
  • Inadequate maintenance or repairs of tracks
  • Train operator error or fatigue
  • Faulty Signaling Equipment
  • Mechanical failure
  • Failure to Break
  • Debris or equipment in the tracks

A manufacturer can be held liable in some cases if the accident was caused by a manufacturing defect on the rails or train, and not due to negligence of the company that owns the railways or trains. An attorney who specializes in train accidents can investigate the cause of a crash or derailment to determine the responsible party.


Major Train Accident Settlements & Verdicts

The families of victims of train accidents and derailments who sought justice and accountability have won several victories.

  • Amtrak paid a settlement of $265 million on October 27, 2016, following the May 2015 derailment in Philadelphia that left over 200 people injured. Subsequently, on February 6, 2018, Amtrak’s engineer was ordered to face criminal charges in Philadelphia, including involuntary homicide and reckless endangerment.
  • About the fatal 2013 Bronx crash, where a Metro-North train derailed near Spuyten-Duyvil, the company has agreed to pay a minimum of $32 million in settlements, covering both compensations to the families and loved ones of the injured or deceased passengers, as well as legal costs. The final settlement amounts are still being determined and could potentially exceed the initial estimate.
  • Furthermore, a U.S. Transportation Security Administration worker at O’Hare International Airport received a settlement of $6.65 million on May 9, 2017, following serious injuries sustained in a CTA Blue Line derailment. These injuries have left the employee unable to fulfill the duties of a TSA agent.
  • These cases highlight the significant financial consequences that train accidents can have, as well as the long-term impact on the lives of those affected.


What Compensation Can I Recover in a Train Accident Lawsuit

In a lawsuit, train accident victims have the opportunity to pursue monetary damages for their injuries. These damages can encompass economic, non-economic, and punitive aspects.

Economic damages aim to compensate injured victims and their families for the financial losses they have incurred as a result of the accident.

  • Current Medical Costs: These encompass expenses such as hospitalization, emergency room visits, and surgical procedures. They also include costs related to assistive devices, medical appointments, and emergency room fees.
  • Future Medical Costs: In certain cases, injuries resulting from a train accident or derailment may necessitate long-term medical care, leading to future medical expenses.
  • Wage Loss: Severe injuries sustained in train accidents may render victims unable to return to work either temporarily or permanently. Compensation for wage loss is available from the time of injury until the resolution of the lawsuit, providing financial support during the recovery period.
  • Loss in Earning Capacity: If the victim can demonstrate that the accident has negatively impacted their ability to earn a living, they may be entitled to compensation. The amount awarded is determined by considering the victim’s previous income and projecting their potential earnings if the accident had not occurred.

Non-economic damages compensate the victim and his/her family for intangible, non-financial losses such as:

  • Suffering and Pain: This category encompasses compensation for physical pain resulting from injuries sustained in a train accident. When determining the amount of compensation, factors such as the nature of the injury and the severity of the pain are taken into account.
  • Mental Anguish: Train accident victims may also be eligible for compensation for the emotional pain they have endured. This compensation covers emotional distress, including feelings of fear, anxiety, worry, and grief.
  • Loss in Consortium: In cases of wrongful death resulting from a train accident, the surviving spouse may receive compensation for the loss of services, assistance, help, and companionship. Similarly, surviving parents can be compensated for the loss of love, affection, and companionship experienced by their minor children. Additionally, minor children may receive compensation for the loss of companionship, assistance, and love from their parents.

Punitive damages may be awarded instead if the defendant caused the accident with malicious intent or willful conduct. This is to punish and deter similar behavior in the future.


Are You Injured in a Train Accident or Derailment?

You shouldn’t have to bear the consequences alone if you’ve sustained injuries in a train crash resulting from someone else’s negligence, whether it be an individual or a company. A train accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation for your injuries, pain, suffering, and other damages.

When it comes to filing a claim for a train accident, time is of the essence.


Contact Our Accident Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation

If you’ve been involved in a train accident, don’t wait to seek the legal help you need. At Tenina Law, our skilled attorney are ready to assist you in your train accident case. We understand the complexities of these situations and are dedicated to fighting for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve. With our expertise and commitment to client satisfaction, you can trust us to provide you with personalized and aggressive representation.

Contact Tenina Law today and let us guide you through the legal process, ensuring your voice is heard and justice is served.

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