Train Accident Settlements
Settlements and verdicts concerning train accidents can mean multi-million dollar awards. Often train or railroad accidents happen from negligence. Bad track conditions that aren’t repaired, equipment left on the rails, speeding or distracted or tired engineers cause many accidents. These mistakes can have devastating not just for passengers but innocent bystanders, too. Nearly 1,000 people are killed each year.
- $2.85M – A train hit a 12-year-old boy.
- $7.5M – A commuter train hit a 62-year-old woman.
- $10M – Conductor negligence
- $265M – Amtrak settled after delrailment killed 8 and injured 200.
You can sue any person or entity that was responsible for the accident, including the railroad company, any other vehicles that were involved in the accident, or any other defendant who potentially contributed to your injury or the death of a loved
Railroad workers in California can sue their employers for work-related injuries. However, other states have avenues for you.
Common carriers have the highest duty of care under the law. Train companies must use the utmost care and diligence for safety. When they do not, they should be held liable.
Dangerous property conditions or if the company didn’t take reasonable steps to protect the public, then they should be held liable.
With any train accident, the train operator immediately calls a claim investigator before the police or EMTs. The investigator will try to blame the accident on anyone but the train company. An attorney will investigate the crash for you, and build evidence to help your claim. Plus, it is beneficial to have your own experts’ reconstruct the accident and not depend on the train company alone.
Some recoverable damages are past and future medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. Survivors can recover full compensation for economic loss if a loved one perishes in a train.
You have two years from the date of the accident to file an accident case.
Over 90% of train accident cases settle before trial. However, every case is different, so do not think your case will settle, too.