Railroad Crossing Accidents
Florida train accident attorneys successfully recover compensation for the injured
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Florida ranked third behind California and Illinois in the number of railroad crossing accidents in 2018, with a total of 21 grade crossing accidents last year. The FRA also reported that in 2018, there were 11,407 overall railroad accidents in the United States, which resulted in 891 fatalities. Of those accidents, 326 occurred in the Sunshine State. Railroad crossing accidents can result in serious injury or fatality; the experienced Florida train accident attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP protect the rights of those injured in railroad accidents, with a track record of successfully recovering just compensation for their injuries.
Causes of railroad crossing accidents
Accidents at railroad crossings may occur for many different reasons, including the following:
- malfunction of railroad crossing
- defective signal
- train derailment
- collision with another train
- collision with a car, bus, truck, or other vehicle
- mechanical failure
- poor railroad track maintenance
- conductor error
- vehicle stalled on track
- improper crossing of train track
Filing a claim for a railroad crossing accident
When there has been a railroad crossing accident and someone has suffered harm or death, several different entities may be held accountable. While the circumstances for each railroad crossing accident are unique, parties that may be held accountable include any of the following:
- railroad company
- manufacturer of the train
- train conductor
- city or municipality where railroad accident occurred
- entity responsible for train maintenance
- company responsible for installation of crossing gates, lighting, and safety signals
- operator of car, bus, truck, or other vehicle involved in the railroad accident
- any other individuals or entities that contributed to the accident
Time limits for filing a train accident personal injury claim
Every state has laws regarding the time limits for filing claims in the civil court of the state, known as the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the date of the accident. This is a firm, legal deadline and lawsuits that are filed after this deadline has expired will not be heard by the court, nor can you recover any compensation for the injuries you sustained in your railroad accident.
Do I have grounds for a train accident lawsuit?
Lawsuits stemming from railroad crossing accidents can be particularly complex due to the number of entities that may be involved in the lawsuit. The train accident attorneys at Florida’s Ged Lawyers, LLP, are experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled at navigating the complexities of Florida’s personal injury laws, with a demonstrated track record of successfully recovering just compensation for our clients. We take on the big railroad companies and win. To discuss your train accident claim, contact a member of our team at 844-443-3529 or online to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your situation. The attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP, represent a diverse clientele, with multilingual services available in Arabic, Creole, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.