Train accidents are often catastrophic, resulting in serious injuries or fatalities to train employees, passengers, and pedestrians. Train accidents commonly occur at crossings; often, as the result of signals that don’t work or when adequate crossing precautions are not in place.
Railroad crossings are inherently dangerous locations for cars and other vehicles, even when safety requirements are followed. While railroad crews must warn of approaching trains by sounding their whistles, this warning sometimes cannot be heard inside vehicles, especially when music is playing.
Additionally, sight distances at railroad crossing are often limited. As a result, the city or county must provide adequate warnings of approaching trains through use of flashing lights, automatic gates, or both. The type of protection required depends on many factors, including the sight distances available, the speed of the train, the speed limit of nearby highways and any history of prior accidents at the location.
In a railroad injury case, we often consult with a network of professional investigators and accident reconstruction experts to help determine who is at fault for the accident and present a convincing case to insurance adjusters, judges and juries, or FELA representatives. We assist railroad accident victims in recovering compensation for railroad accidents resulting from a broad range of causes:
Often there are multiple parties at fault in railroad accidents, including municipalities such as towns and cities. Working with accident reconstructionists and other professionals, we seek to determine all those responsible so that appropriate action can be taken.
In Arizona, even if a victim is partially at fault, this does not preclude the victim or the victim’s family from recovering.
If you or a loved one was hurt or injured in a railroad-related accident, we can assist in through strategic negotiation, litigation, or application and appeal for Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) benefits. To learn more about recovering compensation for injuries to railroad workers, see our page on how we help as FELA accident attorneys.
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