Amtrak and Train Passenger Injuries

Train passengers can suffer injuries in many different situations. Despite train travel’s relatively safe reputation, the statistics on train passenger accidents are far higher than you might think. While train collisions and derailments are what we hear about in the news, many more train passengers are also hurt when a train comes to a sudden stop, by slipping down the stairs, defective equipment, loose baggage, trains striking trucks or cars at a crossing and jarring passengers, or a variety of other incidents.  A good train passenger attorney will advise potential client that there are many potential causes of train accidents and investigating passenger injuries can vary widely, from malfunctioning safety systems to track problems to signal problems or employee error.  Given the fact that train accidents tend to have more catastrophic results than other accidents, this can have devastating consequences for train passengers.

Train passengers trust that train operators are properly licensed, well-rested and able to perform their duties in the safest way possible to protect the safety of those around them.  They also trust that railroad managers responsible for inspecting track, making sure safety devices are working, and that passengers have a safe environment are doing their jobs.  Unfortunately, this it is too frequently the case that this does not happen or the railroads cut corners. National Transportation Board statistics show that in the average year well over 1000 passengers are injured and that multiple passengers have been killed every year since 2007. These statistics can spike dramatically when a major derailment or accident occurs, such as the 2015 Amtrak derailment, the 2005 and 2008 Metrolink and Union Pacific accidents, and the 1993 Amtrak accident. 

Because of the forces involved and size and power of trains, train accidents can cause a wide variety of significant injuries.   A good train accident attorney will have handled cases varying from lacerations and broken bones to traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and death.  Train accident lawsuits are usually much more complex than regular personal injury lawsuits.  A good train accident attorney will advise you from the start that claims involving train accidents will involve lengthy, complex investigation and formal litigation that will be hard fought by railroads and their attorneys. 

Good train accident attorneys know how devastating a railroad accidents can be. Your livelihood, ability to work and provide for your family, paying for medical bills, and your ability to lead a fulfilling life could be at stake.  The railroad will have claims investigators and its own lawyers working against you from the minute the accident is reported.  Our law firm handles railroad injury claims and brings years of experience litigating these cases. We represent clients involved in accidents on Amtrak trains, light rail passenger trains such Minneapolis/St. Paul Northstar light rail, Chicago Metra, California BART, Metrolink, and Caltrain, Seattle Sound Transit, Florida SunRail, TriRail, high speed passenger rail, as well as tourist railroads and other carriers.  We will thoroughly investigate your accident and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.