Although the most newsworthy train and railroad accidents consist of trains hitting vehicles or trains derailing, these are not the only cases where you can be the victim of a serious injury that is caused by a train. Regardless of the cause of your injury, if it occurred as a result of a train or rail accident then you might be eligible to receive compensation.
What are the most common causes of train and railroad accidents?
Train and railroad accidents can occur in numerous ways, the most common of which are:
- Head-on Collisions
- Machine Failure
- Human Errors
The majority of train accidents are caused due to the mistake of a human. Some common causes of human error include:
- Train conductor falling asleep
- Errors in communication with other trains
- Conductor inexperience
What are the most common injuries suffered during a train or railroad accident?
Serious injuries such as death are common as a result of a train or railroad accident due to the nature of these incidents. However, if the accident is minor, the following injuries can still occur:
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
If I suffer an injury as a result of a train and railroad accident, who is liable?
The liable party depends on what caused the accident. If the accident occurred as a result of negligence or human error, then the common carrier is liable. A common carrier is a company that is in the business of transporting people or goods in a manner that is deemed safe in return for compensation. If the conductor of the train is solely responsible, both the conductor and the employer of the conductor may be liable.
If the accident is caused due to defective equipment than the manufacturer, maintenance company, or distributor may be liable.
What should I do if I suffered an injury from a train and railroad accident?
An injury caused by a train and railroad accident may result in compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and funeral expenses, loss of income, and loss of companionship. If you or a family member were the victim of a train and railroad accident, speak with one of our attorneys as soon as possible in order to receive the compensation that you are entitled to.