Millions of people across the United States take the train every day. Some take it to work, others travel for business, and some visit old friends. No matter the occasion for your travel, it’s reasonable to expect that you’ll make it from point A to point B without incident. Unfortunately, not every trip is uneventful.
We see it time and again in the news: train derailments and collisions that claim the lives of innocent people. It may be merely a sad story to some, but for the victim’s family, it’s nothing short of devastating. The families of victims who don’t survive these crashes are left to cope with an unthinkable loss.
At Morgan & Morgan, we strive for more than favorable outcomes in legal cases. We believe in treating our clients with respect and compassion in their most difficult hour and always. If you lost a loved one in a train accident, we may be able to help you collect financial compensation while you focus on healing.
Causes of Train Accidents
Train accidents happen for a variety of reasons, but one truth remains: They’re almost always preventable. They can result from:
- Operator error such as a lapse in judgment or failure to properly inspect the train before leaving the station
- Defective parts such as a failed rail switch
- Speeding — the case in many well-publicized derailments
- Foreign objects on the track
- Reckless drivers who attempt to cross before an oncoming train
- A malfunctioning gate at a crossing
How a Train Accident Attorney Can Help
There are many parties who may be responsible for a train accident, including the railway company, train operator, equipment manufacturer, and parts supplier. It takes a highly skilled railway accident attorney to get to the bottom of these cases.
While many train accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the railroad company, proving fault is not always a straightforward process. Federal and state laws are complex, and multiple regulatory bodies are tasked with investigating these incidents. An experienced attorney who understands these laws is best equipped to investigate the accident and determine if the railroad company, its employees, or another party violated any laws or operated the train recklessly.
If you lost a loved one in a train accident, a Morgan & Morgan attorney can:
- Investigate the cause of the derailment or collision
- Collect key evidence in support of your claim
- Identify the party responsible for your loved one’s death
- Help you recover financial compensation
Contact Morgan & Morgan
You may have seen the commercials on television or read the ads in the paper, but don’t mistake Morgan & Morgan for any old big law firm. While it’s true we’ve successfully collected more than $5 billion in damages for our clients, we’ve done so while remaining true to our core value: family. If you lost a loved one in a train accident, we may be able to help you recover financial compensation in this most difficult time. Schedule a free case evaluation now to get started.