Train passengers can sustain injuries in a variety of situations. Despite a relatively safe reputation, train passenger accidents occur more often than you might think. We typically hear about train collisions and derailments on the news, but many train passenger injuries occur when a train comes to a sudden stop or strikes a vehicle at a crossing, from slips and falls, or from defective equipment or loose baggage, for example.
Investigations into accidents and passenger injuries can uncover a wide range of potential causes, from malfunctioning safety systems or employee error to problems with the track or signals. Because of the potentially catastrophic results and devastating consequences of train accidents, working with an experienced, knowledgeable railroad attorney is critical for injured train passengers.
Train passengers trust that train operators are properly licensed, well-rested, and able to safely perform their duties to protect those around them. They also trust that railroad managers, who are responsible for inspecting track, making sure safety devices are working, and ensuring a safe environment for passengers, are doing their jobs. Unfortunately, too frequently this is not the case, or the railroads cut corners. National Transportation Board statistics show that in an average year, well over 1,000 passengers are injured. Many passengers suffer fatal injuries every year. 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. The experienced train accident attorneys of Bolt Hoffer Boyd have handled cases with injuries ranging from lacerations and broken bones to traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and death.
Train accident lawsuits are usually much more complicated than regular personal injury lawsuits, and will involve lengthy, complex investigations and formal litigation that will be hard fought by railroads and their attorneys.
Railroad accidents can be devastating. Your livelihood, your ability to work, provide for your family, and pay for medical bills, and your ability to lead a fulfilling life could be at stake. The railroad’s claims investigators and lawyers will work against you from the minute the accident is reported.
The Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm handles railroad injury claims, backed by 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, and 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.
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"The effort and time that Joe put into our case was amazing. We have no magic words to show our appreciation. I never really wanted to know a personal injury lawyer, but Joe changed that for us. We are truly grateful for all that Joe did."
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"We worked with Steve Helseth on establishing a trust. He made a potentially complex task very manageable. He educated us to our choices, engaged us into the process, and allowed us to personally design our plan. Throughout the process, Steve was professional, patient, and a wealth of knowledge. We highly recommend Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm for estate planning."
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"My mother's checking/savings account over $50,000 was without beneficiary/Payable On Death, and therefore, in spite of the estate being less than $250,000, probate was required. Steve Helseth and his team provided seamless legal assistance through the estate process with the county (Douglas) in west-central Minnesota."
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"Joe was very informational, and precise on what the next steps would be, explaining how things will transpire. He is a kind and patient person!!! If I had any questions, Joe and his staff were always very quick to respond to any of our needs/concerns. We felt our case was handled with the utmost importance, and we will seek his counsel again if needed. Thank you so much Joe!!"
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"Thank you just doesn’t come close to what you deserve for everything you have done for me. Over two years ago I came in not having a clue what to do. You listened to me, you cared for me, and you fought for me. And you continued to fight for me. I cannot express the appreciation and gratitude I have for you. You are a man of character and it shows in your work. It has been a privilege and honor to have met you and to have you on my side."
"Sending you a friendly reminder! It has been 10 long years since my 1st accident. I know, hard to believe! And I wanted to express to you, a huge thank you David! I don’t know where I would be, or what the outcome of all that has happened, that could have been….without you. Thank you so much for being so kind to me, and caring for me; which has produced a great friendship! Know that I appreciate the role you have played in my life."
"We know that others will be served well by Steve Helseth. We had a great experience working with him on establishing a trust, and we confidently refer family members, neighbors and friends to Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm for legal services."
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"I was referred to Kelly Boyd’s Law Firm and met with Kelly. I am so thankful for her. She helped me through the hardest time in my life; I can’t imagine life without her. Through several court trials for an OFP along with a very messy and difficult divorce, Kelly was there for me night and day, literally! She is the one that kept me strong and picked me up each time after every difficult situation, which were many. In the court room she was professional, positive, detailed and truthful and that is what got us though and we continued to win in the judges eyes. When I felt there was no one to trust in the world she is the one that I knew I could trust to be there, help me, guide me and to take care of everything. Even though it’s been a year and a half since my finalized divorced I am still finding pieces out that she took care of for me when I didn’t realize it and have that sense of relief and peace. I know that when or if something arises in my future I will know that Kelly will be there for me and have my best interest along with my sons. Thank you Kelly!!"
"I was referred to Kelly Boyd at this law firm and I couldn’t be happier! My situation required immediate and thorough attention. Kelly was on top of everything, never making me wait or wonder. She answered all my questions quickly and I have confidence in the job she did for me. Her professionalism with added kindness was such a bonus during a stressful time for me. This was my first experience hiring a lawyer and I have peace of mind that I can return for help in the future."
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"In the last four years I have reached out to Steve Helseth for assistance with one very complex estate distribution (as I was the Trustee) to set up a will for my wife and I, to help my mother set up her will, and for consultation on another family member’s probate. I have taught for 23 years at a college in the community and have found that Steve Helseth has the heart of a teacher as I always leave his office with all of my questions answered and with a full understanding of the law and all of my options."
"We worked with Steve Helseth on establishing a trust. With his expertise, he guided the process allowing us to personally design the trust to our financial situation. We were very pleased with our end result and with the personal relationship we were able to build with Steve. We highly recommend Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm for estate planning."
"I would like to thank you for all you have done for me. My case was complicated having the two insurance companies in the beginning. I was very concerned about how that would be resolved. This has been a long hard process. I really appreciate everything you have done for me."
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"Our experience working with Steve and his firm, was simply, reassuring. When dealing with decisions as important and mortal as Will and Estate planning – you want to a build a level of trust and understanding with the people who are crafting your personal succession plan. The time we spent with Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm strengthened our future, and most importantly, our family’s future."
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