An Attorney Can Help Train Accident Victims Recover Compensation
Trains are massive, heavy, and high-speed engines that can cause devastating, even fatal, consequences when they collide with another vehicle, object, or person. If you or a family member were injured by the negligent or reckless acts of a train conductor or railroad company, a lawyer at Bowles & Verna LLP in Walnut Creek, California, can help you pursue compensation. Learn more about how our lawyers can help.
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Assistance Overcoming Catastrophic Effects
The railroad industry is an essential aspect of our nation’s history and economic success. The vast majority of the time, railroad owners keep the machinery in safe working order and the trains travel without incident. When train wrecks do occur, however, the results are generally disastrous. Because of the speed and size of trains, victims of train accidents almost always suffer catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. At Bowles & Verna LLP in California, we have been representing clients who have been injured or lost family members in train accidents for 25 years. Our train accident lawyers are dedicated professionals with a track record of successfully obtaining compensation for train accident victims.
Unlimited Recovery Under FELA
The Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA) is a body of federal legislation intended to protect railroad workers. It mandates that railroad companies keep their railroads, trains and equipment in clean functional order and provide railroad employees with the tools and training they need to do their jobs free of unnecessary danger. Railroad companies are generally liable for all of the damages that result from any accidents caused by their failure to comply with the mandates of the Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA). FELA claims are complicated cases, and the railroad companies and their insurance agents defend against these cases fiercely. We have dealt with many FELA cases. We have the experience and skills to help you. Under FELA, there is no limit on recovery for damages caused by a railroad company’s negligence.
What Are Some Common Train Accident Scenarios?
The term “train accident” is somewhat broad and doesn’t immediately convey the context of the accident. A train accident could refer to:
- A collision between a freight train and a motor vehicle at a railroad crossing
- A train derailment causing injury to passengers
- A fatal collision between a train and a pedestrian because of dangerous conditions at a site where pedestrians are known to commonly cross tracks
- Railroad worker injuries and deaths caused by company negligence
Our attorneys are ready to represent you in litigation related to these and other scenarios. How your case proceeds will depend on which scenario applies to you.
I Was Struck At A Railroad Crossing. Will The Train Company Try To Blame Me?
Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes. Because so much money is at stake, train operators are instructed to call insurers immediately if there is an accident. An investigator for the insurance company will look for any opportunity to shift the blame off the company and onto victims.
Railroad crossing accidents are sometimes the fault of drivers who ignore warning signs. But they also occur because warning signs are inadequate and crossings lack important safety features like signals and crossing arms. If you are contacted by the train company or an insurer, the wisest thing to do is decline to answer any questions and seek the help of an attorney.
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Our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who are focused on getting you every cent possible. Our proven results reflect our track record of success. We are affiliated with various organizations, including the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and many more. Schedule your free consultation today by requesting an appointment online or calling us at 925-478-5763.