Though train accidents are uncommon, they can cause numerous injuries and massive loss of life. Serious train crashes can involve regional services, like Maryland’s MARC Train Service to Baltimore, or national railroad companies like Amtrak. If you or one of your family members was injured in a MARC or Amtrak accident, the operator or other parties may be liable. You should speak with a Maryland train crash lawyer about your family’s legal options.
At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we are committed to giving our clients a level playing field against powerful corporations and their attorneys. We fight to make your voice heard and recover the compensation you deserve. You may be able to get compensated for your medical bills, earnings you have lost, your pain and suffering, and other damages. For a free legal consultation, contact Maryland train injury lawyer Randolph Rice online, or call (410) 694-7291 for 24-hour assistance.
Types of Train Crashes
There are several types of train accidents, any of which can result in injuries or death depending on the severity of a crash. Types of railroad accidents include, but are not limited to, the following categories:
- Collisions – Collisions tend to be some of the deadliest and most dangerous crashes. Catastrophic or fatal injuries are likely to result if two trains collide with each other, especially in a high-speed collision.
- Derailment Accidents – A derailment accident occurs when the train, or one or more of its cars, physically separates from the tracks.
- Railroad Crossing Accidents – Railroad crossings can be extremely hazardous for pedestrians, drivers, and the occupants of passenger vehicles, who are at risk of being struck while parked or walking on or near the train tracks. Abandoned vehicles can also cause accidents that injure the crew and passengers aboard a train.
Assaults, falls, and other injuries can also occur at or inside of a train station. For example, a property hazard or defect, like slick or broken stairs, could cause someone to have a slip and fall accident.
Common Causes of Train Accidents in Maryland
Like other types of accidents, many train accidents are caused by human errors. These errors can take all types of forms, from operational errors (like speeding through sharp turns) to design and manufacturing errors (like designing or producing faulty parts). Potential causes of train crashes include:
- Debris, abandoned vehicles, bicycles, or other objects on the tracks
- Defective railroad tracks
- Excessive or improperly loaded cargo
- Excessive speeds
- Factors like inattention, intoxication, or fatigue
- Improper inspection and maintenance
- Mechanical failures or train defects
- Poor weather, such as dense fog that reduces visibility
- Reckless or negligent drivers and pedestrians
- Signaling errors
Maryland Train Crash Injury Claims We Handle
Train accidents can cause catastrophic injuries or lead to the wrongful death of passengers. Pedestrians, drivers, railroad workers, and the occupants of other vehicles can also be injured or killed.
Severe injuries may require multiple surgeries, extensive physical therapy, and/or cause permanent impairment. Being represented by a skilled attorney improves your likelihood of recovering the compensation you need for your treatment, especially if you have sustained permanent or disabling injuries. If you suffered any of the following injuries, or another type of injury that is not listed below, Randolph Rice may be able to help you file a claim:
- Back injuries, such as broken vertebrae or herniated discs
- Broken bones
- Bruises or contusions
- Chest or abdominal injuries
- Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Cuts and scrapes
- Loss of limbs, fingers, or toes
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Organ damage or internal bleeding
- Paralysis or spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash or torn ligaments
Who is Liable for a Train Accident Death or Injury?
When careless mistakes or reckless decisions lead to train accident injuries, those at fault may be liable for the victims’ losses, including not only their financial losses, but also pain and suffering. A comprehensive investigation is needed to determine exactly what went wrong – and who should be held liable. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, liable parties may include:
- Companies that design or manufacture train parts
- Drivers or pedestrians
- Railroad managers
- Train companies
- Other individuals employed by railroad companies
What Compensation Is Available for a Train Accident in Maryland?
The answer to this question depends on the nature of the accident and your relationship to the railroad company. For example, if you are a railroad worker who suffered a job-related injury, you could have a FELA claim, which refers to the Federal Employers Liability Act. If you were injured while riding the train as a passenger, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. You should discuss your options carefully with an attorney for train crash injuries, like Randolph Rice, who can help you evaluate different strategies and their potential outcomes.
Maryland Train Accident Attorney for Injured Amtrak + MARC Passengers
Train accidents can lead to complex multiparty litigation. Get trusted counsel by hiring an experienced attorney to protect and represent you. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we are available 24/7 to help the victims of Maryland train wrecks. Contact us online to set up a free legal consultation, or call (410) 694-7291 today.