There are also other trains that are known to go longer distances and may have trips that are several hours long. For example, the California Zephyr is one of the long-distance trains that go through Sacramento. Besides commuter trains, there are also several different types of freight trains that go through the county on a daily basis in order to transfer goods from one place to another.

Because of how common trains are in Sacramento County, train accidents are likely to occur. In the event that you or a loved one has been involved in a train accident, contact our top-rated Sacramento accident attorneys for a free case evaluation.

What happens during a train accident case evaluation?

When you meet with our top-rated Sacramento accident attorneys, we will ask a variety of questions to determine what type of train accident you experienced, and how much your train accident lawsuit is worth. We will cover a variety of different factors, including the different parties involved, how the accident happened, the injuries that you suffered from the accident, and whether you are still getting treated for your injuries today. Contact our Sacramento legal staff today to set up a one-on-one with our highly rated lawyers.

What are the different types of train accidents in Sacramento?

There could be several different types of accidents dealing with trains, but it depends on where you were at the time of the accident.

If you were a pedestrian:

  • Train collisions: train collisions with pedestrians walking on the street could lead to substantial injuries, and oftentimes death. If you have lost a loved one through a train collision, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim. For more information on what wrongful death claims are, contact our Sacramento attorneys for more information. Wrongful death allows the deceased family members to get compensated for the suffering that the deceased had gone through.

If you were a commuter:

  • Slip and fall accidents:  if you are a passenger in the train, and you suffered a slip and fall accident, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the train company, train owner, and employee. several passenger trains, especially the long distance ones like California Zephyr and Coast Starlight offer their passengers drinks. When sodas and other beverages fall to the ground, they may not get cleaned up right away. This then increases the risk of a slip and fall accident with a passenger.
  • Train collisions: if you were a passenger in the train, and the train collided with another vehicle or train, you may have sustained severe injuries. Usually, those riding trains do not wear a seatbelt. Some trains are not even equipped with a seatbelt. When a train collides with other objects, vehicles, or other trains on the track, all passengers could get jolted from the abrupt impact. This could cause injuries like traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
  • Derailment: a train derailment occurs when the train operator drives the train at high rates of speed. The train may not be able to come to a complete stop in the event that there is an object or a vehicle, and the train may derail.
  • Fires: sometimes train accidents and collisions could lead to fires. When fires occur, all passengers must evacuate immediately or they could suffer burn injuries.

If you were another driver:

  • Train collisions with cars:  if you were in a vehicle, and the train derailed and collided with the vehicle, you could file a lawsuit for the injuries that you have suffered. Unfortunately, mechanical failures have the possibility of leading to train derailments. Because trains must always be maintained, the likelihood of train derailments is high when the are not properly serviced.

Who can I file a lawsuit against for my Sacramento train accident?

For more information on which party you could file a lawsuit against specifically, we recommend that you speak to our top-rated Sacramento attorneys. Sometimes, many people file a train accident lawsuit against the incorrect parties. When this happens, you could lose your right to file a lawsuit against the correct parties, or you may not even be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Hire an experienced train accident attorney today, and give us a call.

Below are some examples of different parties that could be held responsible for your Sacramento train accident:

  • Train operator: this is usually the number one responsible party for train accidents. Usually, train accidents are caused by the operator’s negligence, such as speeding, negligently driving the train, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or fatigued driving.
  • Train owner or company: you could hold the train owner or train company responsible for the injuries that you have suffered if the train operator was responsible for causing the accident. Employees hold their employers accountable for their actions when they act negligently on the job. For example, if your attorney could show that the train operator’s negligence caused the accident, and the operator was working at the time of the accident, you could also bring in the operator’s employer.
  • Train part manufacturers: sometimes, mechanical failure could be caused by defect in the train part. This defect could lead to equipment failure, which could then increase the risk of a train derailment. Give our attorneys a call today to discuss how you could finally lawsuit against a defective train part manufacturer. This falls under a separate type of lawsuit called product liability, which is entirely different from negligence.
  • Other drivers:  sometimes, other vehicles could be in the way of a train. When a vehicle is on a train track illegally, the other drivers and passengers in the other vehicle could be held responsible for your train accident.
  • Government entities: usually, government entities, like the city of Sacramento could be held responsible for injuries that occur on government-owned trains, such as Amtrak.

Could I receive compensation for my train accident injuries?

You could receive compensation for your Sacramento train accident injuries. The different types of compensation depending on what exactly you have suffered. Examples include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Medical Treatments
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

How can I prove a train accident lawsuit in Sacramento?

If you are filing a negligence lawsuit against the train operator, train company, or other third parties, you must show:

  • The responsible party had a duty to operate the train in a reasonable manner
  • The responsible party failed to follow through with this duty
  • The responsible party then caused the accident
  • The accident led to injuries

Have you been injured in a train accident in Sacramento? 

Give us a call. If you have been injured while riding an Amtrak or another train in Sacramento, you have the right to file a lawsuit for your injuries. As a passenger, you could suffer severe back injuries or head injuries. If you were a pedestrian or were a passenger in another vehicle at the time of the accident, you most likely have suffered permanent lifelong injuries that will need future treatments. This will require a highly-rated attorney on your side.