What Steps Can You Take After a Train Accident?
The statistics are shocking: almost every 115 minutes a person or vehicle is hit by a train. Every 90 minutes a train collides with another train or object or is derailed. And there are 5,800 vehicle train crashes in the United States each year, resulting in 1,000 deaths. Two thousand and seven resulted in especially high statistics, with 13,067 railroad accidents, 851 deaths and 8,801 non-fatal injuries. Train accidents can occur as a result of track defects, equipment defects or signal defects or because of human errors. In each of these instances, a third party can be held liable.
When a train accident occurs, victims can sustain serious injuries such as catastrophic trauma, broken bones, lacerations, contusions, joint or muscle pain, migraines or headaches, burn injuries, brain or spinal cord injuries, and chest or stomach injuries from being thrown. If a railroad manager, engineer, supervisor or other employee was liable for the accident, you can file a personal injury claim. The question you can ask yourself, to determine if another person was liable, is "could somebody have prevented the defective equipment, property or tracks and thus prevented the accident from occurring?" If you are an employee who was hurt by your co-worker or boss' negligence, you can file a claim under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).
Determining Who is Liable & Preparing Your Lawsuit
Common causes of train accidents include collisions with other trains, collisions with cars, collisions with pedestrians, derailments, on-board accidents and mechanical failure. Anything from excessive speed to poor track maintenance to driver fatigue or intoxication can cause an accident. If you were involved in a train crash, what should you do? You should first preserve any evidence that you can. Secondly, if your vehicle was involved in a train crash, you should contact your insurance company.
There is a chance you can hold either a train company, track owner, motor vehicle driver or train manufacturer liable for the injuries you sustained, and collect damages for medical bills, property damages, loss of earning, pain and suffering, life care- or if your loved one died in a train crash you should take steps to file a wrongful death claim.
Getting a personal injury attorney on your side is imperative, as he/she can help you identify what parties could be held liable, help you locate witnesses, help you examine train wreck evidence, help you hire an accident reconstructionist and other experts such as train operators, mechanics and designers, and help you negotiate with insurance companies.
Why You Should Hire Zinda Law Group
When a train accident has shaken up your life, why should you hire Zinda Law Group to handle your claim? The firm has more than 10 years helping victims recover the damages they deserve and have been listed as a Rising Star℠ in Texas Monthly in 2010, received a perfect rating of 10.0 on Avvo, been named "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Not only does the firm offer a free initial consultation, it also works on a contingency fee basis, which means that if you don't collect any compensation, than neither does Zinda Law Group. Finally, the firm is guided by the kind of trustworthy principles you should want on your side. Its promise to clients is that it will "fight hard for your legal rights," "return your phone calls in a timely manner," "keep you updated on the progress of your case," "always be honest with you," "take the time to explain the options and consequences for each choice," "provide every client zealous representation," "follow the Texas Lawyer's Creed," and "treat every client with compassion and respect." What are you waiting for? Get Zinda Law Group on your side today and take one step closer towards recovery and restitution!