Roughly 3,000 train accidents occur each year. Because of the size and weight of trains and their cargo, trains hitting cars or pedestrians and train derailments cause extensive damage and often death. Passengers can also be injured stepping off train platforms or falling while a train is moving.
Pursuing an accident case against a railroad company can be arduous, confusing and time sensitive. Certain railroad carriers require that a claim for damages be filed within 30 to 60 days. Otherwise, the claimant loses the right to file a lawsuit for damages.
Employees of railroad companies are protected under federal law and are not required to give the proximate cause of their injuries received on the job. For example, a car driver may have the radio turned up so loud that it would be humanly impossible to hear a train's engine or whistle as it was approaching a railroad crossing. Beyond that, some crossings are unmarked, meaning they have no flashing lights or bar that drops down when a train is coming.
If you were injured in a railroad accident or you lost a loved one in a train accident, you need compassionate, highly competent attorneys who specialize in public transit law, such as those at Rubino, Ruman, Crosmer, Smith & Polen. They are your advocates against any public transit company. Their personalized service, successful case outcomes and availability to clients make them the best choice for your case.