Railroad Accident Statistics
The United States has the largest railroad network in the world. Our country alone has more than 600 railroads, 209,000 railroad crossings, and thousands of miles of tracks in between. While they aren’t as busy as they once were, railroads remain quite active. Unfortunately, so do railroad accidents. According to the Federal Railroad Association, there is an average of 3,000 train accidents every year, many of which result in devastating injuries and fatalities.
If you sustained an injury because of a railroad accident, you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to recover compensation for your damages through a train accident lawsuit.
Railroad Accident Claims
Railroad companies must provide stable traveling conditions for passengers and safe working conditions for employees. This duty requires companies to make sure that everything from the track to the equipment is regularly inspected, maintained, and in good working order. If they neglect this responsibility and as a result, an innocent party sustains a severe or fatal injury, the law holds the company liable for damages.
In other words, any bystander, passenger, or railroad worker injured or killed by a railroad accident, can file a claim against the railroad company to recover compensation for their losses.
The Process of Filing a Claim
After you file an injury claim with the railway company, an adjuster will reach out to you and review your case. They will analyze your injuries, evaluate the typical awards given for similar losses, and report their research back to you and the company. After that, they will determine the final benefits and compensate you for your injuries.
However, it is vital that you understand that railway companies don’t want to lose money. Injury and wrongful death claims can be costly for railway companies, so they will often do whatever it takes to limit their liability in accident cases including hiring a team of attorneys to protect their bottom line.
Benefits of Hiring an Attorney
Having legal representation, during the settlement negotiations with the railroad company, can help you get the maximum compensation for your claim. A competent attorney will stand up for your rights and ensure that all your losses are accounted for in the final settlement. Also, depending on your circumstances, an attorney may advise filing a lawsuit to recover higher benefits than the company would agree to pay otherwise.
The Law Firm of Ralph B. Wegis Represents Railroad Accident Victims Nationwide
If you or someone you love sustained a severe or fatal injury in a railroad accident, don’t let the negligent company short-change your suffering. Instead, call the Law Firm of Ralph B. Wegis for legal help you can trust. With over 30 years of experience, attorney Wegis has the knowledge, tenacity, and resources needed to represent railroad accident victims nationwide.
For over 40 years, we have helped our clients fight to hold negligent railroad companies liable for the injuries they cause and are prepared to do the same for you. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and get started on your case today
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