With an estimated 7,000-plus miles of railroad track across California, the state has plentiful rail routes to fulfill both passenger and freight transportation needs. Metrolink commuter trains, intercity trains and Amtrak offer short and long-distance service in the state. Their presence throughout California means that trains are a key form of transit in the state. But it also means that there are a lot of railroad crossings, making car-train accidents a distinct possibility. Other types of crashes involving trains also can cause serious injuries or death. If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a train, seek the guidance of a qualified personal injury attorney.
Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys understand the circumstances that contribute to train accidents. We know that a train crash can cause massive injuries, including both physical and emotional devastation. If you have been hurt in a train accident or lost a loved one because of a train crash, our tenacious personal injury attorneys can help you recover any damages you may be due.
The Federal Railroad Administration attributes train accidents to a number of primary causes:
The Federal Railroad Administration reports that more than 95% of the fatalities linked to train crashes happen in highway-rail or trespassing incidents. Highway-rail accidents encompass collisions that happen at railroad crossings, and may include motor vehicles or other road or sidewalk users. Trespassing on railroad property leads to death for hundreds of people in the U.S. every year, and the FRA points to California as a leader in such incidents.
Across the U.S., someone is struck by a train about every two hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is frightening to consider the kinds of injuries that can occur when trains are involved in collisions because an average freight train weighs approximately 12 million pounds. In addition, the average train requires more than a mile of track to come to a stop.
Injuries resulting from train accidents may include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and other head wounds, spinal cord damage, internal organ damage, lacerations, and just about any other type of injury the human body could sustain. The overwhelming size and weight of trains, combined with speed, provides a recipe for disaster where individuals are concerned. Survivors of train crashes may find themselves facing life-changing injuries. Permanent disability and disfigurement are distinct possibilities.
We are not afraid to challenge big insurance companies or the organizations that operate Metrolink and other train systems. Our attorneys are committed to pursuing the maximum compensation available for those injured in train crashes and other accidents. If you have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a train accident, call Amicus Legal Group and ask for a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers. If we do not recover monetary damages for you, you owe our firm nothing.
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