Serious train wrecks are extremely rare. These events can cause widespread death and injury which might entitle you to substantial compensation. However, minor accidents and derailments are far more common and can still cause serious injuries and death that deserves equal compensation in many cases.
If you or a loved one was injured while riding a train in Baltimore or the surrounding areas, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Our Baltimore train accident lawyers are prepared to handle train accident lawsuits on behalf of injured victims and the families of deceased train accident victims. For help understanding your right to sue and filing your claim, contact our law offices today to schedule a free legal consultation. Our number is (410) 694-7291.
Suing for a Train Accident in Baltimore, MD
Victims of train accidents and other injuries onboard trains or at train platforms may have the right to file a lawsuit against the railroad or transportation company that injured them to seek compensation for the injuries they suffered. Many train accidents could be prevented through better worker training, better upkeep of the trains and tracks, and proper upkeep and safety on train platforms. Our Baltimore train injury lawyers discuss how you can sue to seek justice for these kinds of train accidents.
The transportation company that owns and operates the train is typically the target of a lawsuit for a train accident. In Baltimore, this could mean suing AMTRAK, or it could mean suing the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) for the MARC Train, Light RailLink, the Metro SubwayLink, or another local train or trolley service. The companies that operate these trains are typically responsible for maintaining their rails and vehicles and ensuring that their drivers are properly trained and equipped to perform their jobs. If a train operator makes an error on the job, falls asleep at the controls after a long shift, uses drugs or alcohol on the job, or is too distracted by their phone to keep you safe on your journey, their employer should be held responsible for their actions.
When suing big transportation companies like these, you may need to be prepared to fight against powerful legal teams and insurance companies. The train accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice are prepared to handle cases even against the biggest train operators in the region to help you get the compensation you need.
When suing one of these companies, you need to prove that they were responsible for the accident. Our attorneys can depose witnesses and train operators to get the information you need to flesh out your case. Typically, interviewing the train workers can help root out potential negligence, such as operator error, hiring unqualified operators, engineering issues with the tracks or vehicles, or other safety issues that could have caused the accident.
Types of Train Accidents and Injuries
As mentioned, catastrophic train wrecks are incredibly rare. While they do occur, modern technology and safety precautions have eliminated many of these issues. Other accidents are more common and typically occur in one of the following ways:
Running a train off its tracks and causing it to crash qualifies as a derailment, but most derailments are far more minor. In these cases, the train my jump its tracks, whether because of high speeds or a problem with the tracks or vehicle. Although these derailments are more minor than full-fledged “train wrecks,” they can still cause sudden stops and shock throughout the car, potentially throwing riders from their seats and causing serious injuries. Riders are commonly thrown to the floor or into walls and other passengers during these accidents and may suffer injuries including brain injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, and broken bones.
Collisions with Objects
At the end of their tracks, trains typically have bumpers in case the train comes into the station too fast. When drivers lose concentration at the controls or make mistakes operating a train, they could crash into these bumpers, causing serious injuries to passengers on board. Other objects may also find their way onto the tracks, such as rubble or debris from near the track area, which could also cause the train to suffer a serious collision. Again, it is common for riders to fall from their seat and suffer serious blunt force trauma in these kinds of crashes.
Collisions with Other Trains
Train signals and other safety precautions usually help trains avoid driving on the same track. Problems with these signals could cause trains to collide, but these accidents are extremely rare. It is more common that a train might crash into another train going the same direction, especially if two trains are close together or if train cars become uncoupled and crash into each other afterward.
People Hit by Trains
Falls into the track area or accidents involving people walking across train tracks can be catastrophic. These accidents are almost always deadly unless the train was moving at very low speeds when the accident occurred. If a loved one was struck by a train, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit for their wrongful death to seek compensation for funeral and burial expenses, the effects of the loss on your family, and the financial losses from losing the deceased’s income and support.
Call Our Baltimore Train Accident Injury Lawyers Today for a Free Legal Consultation
If you or a loved one was injured in a train accident in the Baltimore area, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the train and the transportation company to seek financial compensation for your injuries. In many cases, serious injuries or the death of a loved one can result in substantial compensation. Your lawsuit may have strict deadlines to file, and settlement offers may be too low to cover your needs. Contact the Baltimore train accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free case consultation. Our attorneys can help you learn more about what your lawsuit might be worth and how to file your case within the statute of limitations.