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San Luis Obispo Train Accident Victims Need a Lawyer’s Protection

Train accident attorneys serving California’s central coast

Train accidents may seem rare, but they actually happen more than you think. Whether you’re a passenger on a railway car, crossing the tracks or involved in a wreck with a train in your vehicle, accidents with trains are typically catastrophic. According to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis, the year 2011 saw 101 train accidents in the state of California, with dozens of resulting injuries and several fatalities. Who is responsible?

At James McKiernan Lawyers, when we take you on as a client, we work diligently to uncover the cause of your train accident. Usually a combination of human error and mechanical failure, a crash on the rails can have dire consequences. If you are suffering from injuries sustained in an accident with or on a train, your legal team will look to establish fault or negligence.

Because of the size and velocity of passenger and freight trains, bodily damage sustained in accidents with them tends to be serious. Medical costs, both immediate and long term, can be overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable. Your catastrophic injury attorneys in San Luis Obispo work to ensure you and your family receive the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Types of train accidents and their dangers

Any type of train accident holds the potential for life-and-death consequences. However, our attorneys encounter some common types of accidents – each possibly resulting in life-altering or fatal injuries. Some of these types of accidents can be blamed on negligence, and some are simply tragic miscalculations or mistakes. You need a skilled attorney to discern the difference between the two, and determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit.

  • Derailment. Derailment occurs when one or all of the train cars suddenly slip or jump off the track on which they are traveling. This serious malfunction can lead to a car pileup or collision with other trains. Common causes of derailment include excessive speed, faulty wheels or track obstructions.
  • Railroad crossing collisions. Sometimes trains collide with pedestrians or motorists crossing the tracks. Sometimes the fault lies with the negligence of the pedestrian or motorist, but sometimes a faulty safety gate or unmarked crossing is to blame.
  • Malfunctioning train bridges. A train bridge may lower or rise unexpectedly, causing a collision with an oncoming train. Train bridges can also collapse due to faulty engineering, natural disasters or poor maintenance.

So, who is to blame? In some cases, it may be the railroad company’s own negligence and failure to upkeep their trains. Or, perhaps the company has failed to fully educate its own signal operators and engineers. Talk to an injury attorney in San Luis Obispo if you’ve suffered harm in a train accident and feel you are owed compensation.

Reach out to an attorney for help today

As rail travel becomes more and more popular in the state of California, your chances of being in a train accident rise. James McKiernan Lawyers dedicate their resources to finding out who is at fault for your accident and ensuring someone takes responsibility for your pain and suffering in the form of financial compensation. Contact us for a free consultation with an accident injury attorney in San Luis Obispo, California.

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