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Have you or someone in your family been involved in a train accident? Are you suffering pain or disability or are unable to work due to your injuries?
Train accidents can involve passengers, railroad workers, pedestrians and other persons who may have been walking, riding, or driving in the vicinity of the accident. A railroad is a common carrier. The term also applies to light passenger railways, buses, airlines, trucking, and cruise ships. Common carriers are regulated by federal and state laws.
Train accidents can have many causes, but most frequently the accidents are caused by
- Equipment or maintenance failure
- Electrical or mechanical problems or defects
- Human error
Train Accident Lawsuits and Lawyers
You may have a cause of action against the carrier if there is evidence of negligence or other error. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering, loss of income, medical costs, and other damages. A legal professional experienced in personal injury matters can ensure you receive proper medical attention and that the full extent of your injuries is documented.
It is advisable that you consult with an attorney as soon after the accident as possible, before a statutory period during which you must file a legal action to obtain compensation for losses and injuries expires. In train accident cases, the period for filing an initial claim can be as short as 30 to 60 days from the date of the accident. After that deadline has passed it may be difficult or even impossible to sustain your legal cause of action against the railroad or others involved in the accident.
Even if you feel you came through the accident okay and have exhibited no symptoms of injury, you should see a doctor and consult an attorney. Symptoms can be delayed or hidden.
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