Train Accident Attorney
Representing Injured Passengers and Employees throughout the Country
Every day, passenger trains transport millions of people across the country
into and out of cities and across state lines. These passenger trains
are operated by commuter lines as well as Amtrak. According to its website,
Amtrak alone serves more than 500 destinations in 46 states with over
21,000 miles of routes. Last year Amtrak transported almost 29 million
Unfortunately train accidents on these carriers are all too common. Examples of such
railroad accidents including include train derailments, trains hitting tractor-trailers or
cars at crossings, trains hitting pedestrians, and collisions with other
trains. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Office
of Safety Analysis, 2375 train accidents occurred nationwide 2008. Tragically,
26 persons were killed and 278 were injured in those accidents.
At Doran & Murphy, PLLC, we have represented injured railroad passengers
as well as
railroad workers for decades in claims and lawsuits against Amtrak as well as commuter
trains. The law imposes certain legal obligations on common carriers such
as railroads which can vary from state to state. Choosing legal counsel
experienced in railroad litigation is critical. We offer a free consultation with a
railroad accident lawyer at our firm who can provide outstanding legal assistance. Because of our
special focus on cases involving railroad injuries and accidents, we have
developed an abundance of knowledge and skill in this field resulting
in a reputation for excellence.
Our Track Record
Our successful track record includes a structured settlement in excess
of $9,000,000 for the family of an elderly couple who died in a train
derailment. Our lawyers have extensive experience in investigating the
causes of these often preventable train accidents and train derailments.
This thorough investigation process translates into significant compensation
for our clients and is critical in establishing the railroad's liability
for the injury or death. It is important to remember that the law does
not make the railroad responsible for all injuries under all circumstances.
Rather, the law requires that the railroads take reasonable actions to
prevent injury and death. Therefore, careful investigation must be done
to examine whether any failure to use reasonable care on the part of the
railroad occurred, such as any conductor negligence, engineer negligence,
train defect, engine mechanical failure, or railroad track defects.
Common Causes of Train Accidents and Derailments
Railroad accidents are often the result of many causes including human
error and equipment failure. That is why, if you have been injured in
such a way, having the benefit of a train accident attorney who is proficient
in railroad accident laws can be invaluable and make a dramatic difference
in the outcome of your case. Freak accidents rarely occur where nothing
could have been done to prevent an accident. Often the cause of a railroad
accident is one of the following:
Train racing has resulted in a significant number of fatalities and serious
injuries. Train racing refers to the actions of motorists who attempt
to cross a railroad crossing before an approaching train arrives. Such
an action is seriously dangerous, especially in view of the fact an optical
illusion is often at play, in that trains can be much closer and moving
faster than they appear.
Faulty equipment may contribute to or cause train accidents, including
- Malfunction of brakes
- Malfunction of warning lights, sounds, and gates
- Faulty communication equipment
- Defective or broken handrails on locomotives or rail cars
- Defective hand brakes
- Defective or broken rails which can cause derailment
If you have been injured in a train accident or derailment or have lost
a loved one in such an accident, getting skilled legal counsel is imperative.
Let a train accident attorney at our firm use his knowledge and experience
to help you today.
An accident can result from conductor or engineer negligence. Examples
of such negligence include being distracted by a cell phone or other workers,
being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident,
a worker who improperly switches tracks, workers who push train cars without
following safety precautions, or leaving cars in a position unsafe for
other cars functioning on the same or an adjacent track.
Contact a train accident lawyer
at the firm in the wake of railroad injuries or a wrongful death today.