A recent death in south Georgia during the filming of a Hollywood biopic about Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Bank highlights the harm done in train wrecks. Like most types of accidents, many train wrecks could be avoided with preventative safety measures. Train accidents are different because they often result in catastrophic injuries due to the momentum behind these massive machines.
They also involve extremely large corporations with huge insurance teams that have strategic policies and regulations in place about how to handle these accidents in favor of the train company. If you have been injured in an accident with a train, in order to fight fair with the other parties you may need your own legal team to represent you.
Even in obvious cases train companies will almost never admit fault. They have the resources to bury evidence and postpone legal proceedings, forcing injured parties to accept very low settlement offers. Most fatal wrecks occur at unsecured railroad crossings, which should be made safe by the railroad companies. Factors contributing to wrecks include:
The damages that can be recovered after a train wreck are similar to those in any accident case involving negligence. The estimated amount for past and future medical expenses may be covered, as well as lost wages from missing work during recovery, damages for pain and suffering, and the cost to restore property. Wrongful death claims may apply too, in which the families of the deceased may be able to recover for lost income, funeral expenses, mental anguish and loss of consortium for spouses and loss of companionship for parents and children.
It is difficult to recover from injuries and loss after a major accident like one involving a train. When the incident is complicated with multiple major stakeholders – railroad corporations, public/private utilities, local governments, and large insurance companies – you can become easily overwhelmed.
Get some assistance, and peace of mind, by discussing what happened and figuring out what to do with an experienced group of accident attorneys. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.