Train Accidents

There are several different types of trains and rail tours that run throughout the Southwestern United States. For example, Las Vegas has the Las Vegas Monorail which is advertised as an alternative to Las Vegas trams, shuttles, taxis, and ride shares. These types of public transport provide convenient transportation for thousands of people each day.

Other than the Las Vegas Monorail, there is also the Amtrak that passes through and serves Nevada and California. There are also the Nevada rail tours provided to tourists in the Grand Canyon. If you or a loved one has been injured on any of the above-mentioned trains, monorails and railroads, contact our accident attorney today for a free no risk consultation. During this initial consultation, our attorneys will review the merits of your claim, and determine which potential party can be held liable. We are available via phone and email.

What causes train accidents?

There are a variety of causes to train accidents. Train accidents can result in very severe injuries, leaving someone with a permanent disability. Different causes of train accidents include:

  • Train conductor negligence
  • Train employee negligence
  • Overloading the trains
  • Faulty train tracks
  • Maintenance
  • Train component defect
  • Lots of employee training
  • Train derailment: This occurs when a train gets off of its rails. The most common cause of train track accidents is because the train track has a defect. Unfortunately, train derailments can lead to very catastrophic injuries for many in the train. There are several different types of components that could be faulty, including the axles, journals, wheels, etc.
  • Collisions: the number of collisions in the United States has been at a constant increase, and the root cause has been speeding
  • Slip and fall: many trains operate at very high speeds. This then causes riders to slip and fall in a train. You could hold the train operator liable for a slip and fall and hold them responsible for any personal injuries suffered.

In general, any party who causes injuries to another who is on a train could be held liable for compensation owed. If you believe you have been injured as a result of another party’s fault, contact our train accident attorneys today. Train accidents can be very complex, especially if multiple parties are involved or if there are several different causes. That’s why it is very important to have an experienced train accident attorney on your side.

What Are the Different Types of Train Accidents?

Train accidents could occur in several different ways. Below are some examples of the different types of train accidents that could occur in California.

  • Collisions between trains and pedestrians
  • Collisions between trains and motor vehicles
  • Train derailments (when a train gets off its tracks)
  • Collisions between two trains

Sam Heidari has decades of experience fighting for his clients in court, helping his clients receive compensation for medical bills, employment issues caused by the injuries sustained like lost wages or loss of employment, additional therapy needs, and other economic and non-economic damages. Our office has helped injured train passengers and will work to make sure you received the maximum compensation for your injuries.

We understand that being involved in a train accident could result in very severe injuries, and so it is not that easy to be facing physical injuries along with the legal battle. We will handle the legal battles for you to ensure you have one less thing to stress about.

What type of compensation could I receive for my train accident lawsuit?

The different types of compensation a plaintiff, also known as the victim, could receive depends on the circumstances of the accident. The plaintiff can recover a variety of damages, including:

  • Property damage such as car damage
  • Medical bills
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Psychological therapy
  • Permanent disability
  • Temporary disability
  • Past lost wages
  • Future lost income
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Wrongful death
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Loss of society

How do you determine fault in a train accident lawsuit?

There are several different types of ways you could potentially determine fault in a train accident. Oftentimes, train accidents could involve several different defendants who may be liable for injuries. Our attorneys will gather as much evidence as possible to determine which party is liable. Examples include:

  • Whether the train company took all the safety precautions required
  • Whether the train employee was speeding, distracted behind the wheel
  • Whether the train had a defect
  • Whether the train rail had a defect

Extensive investigations must be done to determine the cause of train tracks. Usually, train accidents are not that straightforward. Our experienced train accident attorneys will research and investigate your claim to figure out why you were injured, and who could be held liable.

Wrongful Death Train Accident Claims

A wrongful death claim is a claim brought by the decedent’s family. If the victim was killed from the train accidents, the victim’s family could file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. Unfortunately, train accidents are more likely to lead to fatalities than other accidents. That is why it is important that train companies and operators operate their practice in a safe way. If they fail to operate their practice in a reasonably safe way, they should be held liable for the injuries they have caused.

Wrongful death must be filed within two years of the date of the train accident. Nevada law states that if a wrongful death claim was filed after those two years, then the decedent’s family member will not be able to recover any damages. Examples of damages you could recover from a wrongful death claim for a train accident includes:

  • Loss of the victim’s income
  • Loss of the victims services at the home
  • Burial expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Loss of love

We understand that after losing a loved one to a train accident, nothing can replace them. However, our experienced train accident attorneys will work to make sure that we hold the at-fault party liable for their injuries. We understand how difficult it would be to go through such a loss, while you focus on healing, we will focus on representing your rights to prevent any Injustice.

Common Defenses in Train Accident Lawsuits

In train accident litigation, common defenses include disputing negligence by demonstrating adherence to safety protocols or blaming external factors like weather. Defense attorneys might argue that the train company and its employees took all reasonable measures to prevent the accident. They might also challenge the plaintiff’s claims regarding the extent of injuries or suggest contributory negligence if the victim did not follow safety instructions. These defenses aim to reduce the liability of the train operators or to dismiss the claims altogether.

Trends in Train Safety and Accident Prevention

There has been a significant focus on improving train safety and preventing accidents through technology and regulation. Innovations like Positive Train Control (PTC) systems, designed to automatically stop or slow trains before certain types of accidents occur, have been implemented across many U.S. rail networks. Furthermore, ongoing investments in track maintenance and upgrading of aging infrastructure aim to reduce the risk of derailments and collisions. Despite these advancements, challenges remain in maintaining these systems and ensuring compliance across all rail operations.

Frequently Asked Train Accident Questions

What are common causes of train accidents as outlined in the text?

Common causes of train accidents include train conductor negligence, employee negligence, overloading of trains, faulty train tracks, maintenance issues, train component defects, and collisions due to factors like speeding. These problems can lead to severe outcomes such as derailments and collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.

What types of compensation might a plaintiff expect from a train accident lawsuit?

Plaintiffs in train accident lawsuits can pursue several types of compensation. These include damages for property damage, medical bills, physical and psychological rehabilitation, permanent or temporary disability, past and future lost wages, and wrongful death. Compensation for loss of consortium and emotional distress might also be sought depending on the circumstances of the accident.

How do lawyers determine fault in train accident cases?

Determining fault in train accident cases involves extensive investigation and evidence gathering. Lawyers might look into whether the train company adhered to safety measures, if there was speeding or distraction among train employees, and whether any mechanical defects or track failures contributed to the accident. The aim is to pinpoint all liable parties to ensure appropriate compensation.

What is the significance of wrongful death claims in train accident scenarios?

Wrongful death claims allow the family members of a deceased victim to seek compensation for their loss due to a train accident. These claims are significant because they address the economic and emotional impacts of losing a loved one, such as lost income, burial expenses, and loss of companionship. They also hold responsible parties accountable for their failure to ensure safety.

What legal representation options are available for train accident victims?

Train accident victims can seek representation from specialized attorneys who handle transportation-related accident claims. These lawyers can offer extensive support in navigating the legal landscape, from gathering evidence to negotiating settlements. They focus on securing maximum compensation and handling legal proceedings while victims recover from their injuries.

Can you explain what types of train accidents occur?

Types of train accidents include collisions between trains and pedestrians, motor vehicles, or other trains. Derailments, where trains come off their tracks, are also common. Such accidents are usually catastrophic, leading to severe injuries or fatalities due to the massive scale and speed of trains.

What is the role of negligence in train accident liability?

Negligence plays a critical role in determining liability in train accidents. If a train operator, company, or another affiliated party fails to adhere to safety protocols or operates the train carelessly, they may be considered negligent. This negligence is the basis for assigning fault and pursuing compensation for injuries and damages.

How does one initiate a train accident lawsuit?

Initiating a train accident lawsuit typically starts with consulting a qualified personal injury attorney who specializes in train accidents. After a free case evaluation, if the attorney finds merit in the case, they will file a lawsuit on the client’s behalf to seek compensation for damages from the liable parties.

What challenges might attorneys face when handling train accident claims?

Attorneys might face challenges such as identifying all liable parties, dealing with complex laws governing rail transport, investigating the often-technical aspects of train operations and mechanics, and overcoming robust defense from well-funded train companies. They must often work with experts in fields such as rail engineering and accident reconstruction.

What immediate actions should one take after being involved in a train accident?

After a train accident, individuals should first ensure their safety and seek medical attention even if injuries are not immediately apparent. They should report the accident to the appropriate authorities, document the scene with photos and notes if possible, and collect contact information of witnesses. Consulting a train accident lawyer early can also help preserve important evidence and rights.

Get in Touch With Our Train Accident Lawyers Today

Our attorneys are conveniently located near you. Our team of top-rated accident attorneys offer free, no-risk case reviews to review your train accident claims, and determine the possible parties that could be held liable. We represent all clients across California and Nevada, and have extensive law experience in both states. We have decades of experience representing victims who have been injured in train accidents. Contact us today.