Trains are relatively safe modes of transportation. When train accidents do occur, however, they are typically extremely serious and may even have deadly consequences. Passengers, railroad workers, and nearby drivers all may be affected by a train accident. At Cullan & Cullan, our Phoenix personal injury attorneys are committed to helping each of our clients begin the recovery process. We’ve been fighting for the injured since 1990, and our principle attorneys have medical and legal degrees, not to mention advanced accident reconstruction training, which enables us to provide more effective counsel.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury or died as the result of a train accident, contact our office at (602) 900-9483 for a free case evaluation.
Why Train Accidents Occur
Trains cross roadways and change tracks every day. Many variables may contribute to a devastating train accident, including derailments, collisions with other trains, and collisions with passenger vehicles or pedestrians.
Some of the most common causes of train accidents include:
- Conductor negligence. Train operators are professionals who must adhere to a certain standard of conduct and care while operating trains. Conductors and other operators who forget safety standards or engage in reckless behaviors, such as drinking on the job, may make poor judgment calls and contribute to train accidents.
- Improper railroad maintenance. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration oversees railroad maintenance programs throughout the country. Improper maintenance and care of tracks, structures, and platforms can all contribute to train accidents.
- Driver negligence. At railroad crossings, drivers are responsible for adhering to all signals and stopping points. Drivers who stop in the middle of railroad crossings or who fail to stop for passing trains may precipitate a deadly accident.
- Train malfunctioning. Proper train maintenance ensures the safety of braking systems, acceleration, and smooth travel. When railroad companies, including Union Pacific, BNSF, and Arizona and California Railroad carriers, fail to maintain the equipment on each train, they increase the risk for accidents.
Each contributing factor plays a role in determining liability after a railroad accident. At Cullan & Cullan, our Phoenix railroad accident lawyers have the resources needed to conduct thorough investigations in the aftermath of train accidents.
Liability in Train Accident Cases
In train accident cases, we look to both federal and state laws to determine liability. Common carriers are responsible for maintaining a higher duty of care than the average individual. After a train incident, we consider each contributing factor and the individuals responsible for exercising care. Depending on the case, railroad companies, individuals, logistics companies, parts manufacturers, and others all may face liability for train accident injuries.
Railroad companies and other corporate entities will speak with a team of attorneys soon after a train accident. We highly recommend speaking with your own attorney as soon as possible after a train accident. You need a legal professional to protect your right to pursue fair compensation and help you navigate the legal process.
Why Cullan & Cullan?
Train accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and other life-changing injuries. If you or someone you love experiences a serious injury after a passenger or freight train accident, you may need help finding quality medical care, taking time off work, and holding the responsible party liable for negligent actions.
At Cullan & Cullan, many of our attorneys also hold medical degrees. We understand the outlook for serious injuries and the state and federal laws governing train accidents. You can count on us to build a strong legal strategy that puts your needs first. As experienced Phoenix railroad accident attorneys, we will guide you through the process and offer straightforward counsel you can use to start recovering – both physically and financially.
Every train accident case in Arizona is different. Partner with a team of attorneys you can count on to deliver personalized services and protect your right to fair compensation. Call (602) 900-9483 today!