According to reports by the United States Department of Transportation, there are nearly 5,800 train crashes that involve motor vehicles every year.
The Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety maintains an active list of incidents and accidents that involve the nation’s railroads. This means that there are incidents occurring in the United States of personal injuries as a result from train accidents.
It can be frightening to think of the potential dangers and life-threatening injuries that can occur due to a railroad malfunction or train accident.
If you or someone you know has been victim of conductor negligence or a railroad accident, the lawyers at Cravens & Noll, P.C. have decades of real experience in injury cases and are prepared to fight for your right to compensation.
Who’s at Fault for Railroad Accidents in Virginia?
Cases vary as to responsible parties in a railroad personal injury claim. It could be the fault of a negligent pedestrian, a fatigued conductor, failed attention to detail from an engineer, a careless rail company or more. In any instance, liability can be partially or completely put on any party depending on the circumstances. Let our train accident team investigate your case and help you recover damages against others at fault.
Types of Rail Incidents
While railroad incidents and train accidents can occur in several ways, the most common types can be listed as the following:
- Excessive speeding
- Mechanical failure
- Failure to brake
- Train operator error
- Poor maintenance of track
- Debris or equipment left on the track
- Faulty signaling equipment
- Other equipment failure
When it comes to equipment failure, it’s important to recognize the types of equipment and mechanical failures that can occur. These can range from malfunction of brakes and defective handrails to malfunction of warning brakes and faulty communication equipment, track issues, or negligent operation.
What to Do If You’ve Been Involved in A Train Accident in Richmond, VA
If you’ve been in a train accident or railroad incident, it’s of the utmost importance to contact your Richmond personal injury attorney. If you’ve sustained personal injury, you may be entitled to just compensation.
But railroad components have teams of crash investigators and borrowers. They will begin to prepare their defense moments after the accident, and they will not be investigating to prove your damage but rather to protect their company and it’s shareholders.
As a result of a railroad accident, train derailment or more, you’ve likely experienced economic and noneconomic damages.
These damages can include:
- Medical expenses – current and future expenses as a result of injury caused.
- Lost wages – inability to work due to injury and/or recovery of injury.
- Loss of earning capacity – permanent inability to work as a result of injury.
- Pain and suffering – trauma experienced as a result of injury and a permanent change in lifestyle.
- Mental anguish– feelings of distress, trauma, grief, depression, etc. as a direct result of the incident.
- Loss of consortium – emotional damage of losing a life partner, spouse and sense of companionship as a result of accidental death from a train-related accident
- Punitive damages– the monetary rewards granted to a victim to deter others from acting in similar conduct of the responsible party
Contact Cravens & Noll, Your Richmond Train Accident Attorneys Today
Whether railroad worker injuries or hazardous material exposure, our experienced lawyers at Cravens & Noll can help you get compensation from the pain and suffering you or loved one had to endure as a result of a train accident.
We use our years of experience, carefully crafted strategies and a dedication to justice when we bring your case before the jury.
We’re here for you and we’re here to defend you.