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Who Could Be Liable for a Train Accident?

Train accidents can be extremely traumatizing and damaging, especially if the train is passing through a town or carrying a substantial number of passengers. Countless commuters across the United States use trains for daily transportation to and from work, and those commuters expect to be kept reasonably safe during their travels. Unfortunately, if something happens to the train tracks, the train operator, or the train’s mechanics, a major crash could occur.

In the event that a train accident occurs, it’s important to understand who could be liable for the resulting damage and injuries. Recovering from a serious accident can be extremely painful, difficult, and costly. Thankfully, if the liable parties are held responsible for their negligence or errors, it is possible to obtain compensation.

Understanding the Responsibilities of Common Carriers

Trains responsible for transporting the public, usually for a small fee, are considered common carriers. Common carriers are not expected to provide a fail-safe guarantee of safety for their riders, but they are responsible for providing a reasonable level of care. In other words, common carriers must exhibit certain safety precautions. If they fail to properly maintain their train tracks, care for their engines, employ safe drivers, or perform any other number of safety precautions, they could be liable for the resulting damages.

Train accidents could be caused by the following:

  • Negligent train operators
  • Poorly maintained tracks, train cars, or train engines
  • Pedestrians or vehicles on the train tracks
  • Loose debris or overgrowth on train tracks
  • Bad weather conditions

Any of these issues could result in a collision or derailment, causing catastrophic injuries and even death to the train employees and passengers onboard. In an accident, the injured victims could be eligible to receive compensation for various different types of damages, including medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, future medical expenses, and more. If you were injured in a train accident, make sure you know your rights.

Contact Simeone & Miller, LLP to discuss your train accident case with our Washington DC personal injury lawyers.