Areas of Practice

Train Accidents

Florida accident attorneys advocate on behalf of injured victims

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration reports that in 2017, there were 1,625 train accidents in the United States, resulting in 301 injuries and five fatalities. Train accidents often result in serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Florida accident attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP advocate on behalf of those injured in train accidents, protecting their rights and successfully securing compensation for their injuries.

Causes of train accidents

Train accidents may occur for several different reasons, including a train operator making a critical error due to inexperience, fatigue, or distraction. Train accidents also occur because of defective equipment, including defects in mechanical or electrical components, or structural issues with the tracks or roadbed. In some train accidents, the train warning lights may be faulty, or the train crossing arms malfunctioning.

Train derailment is cause of most train accidents

In the 2017 train accident report issued by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration, train derailments were responsible for almost three fourths of the train accidents reported. Train derailments resulted in 149 injuries and three fatalities that year.

Train accidents may be the result of a number of different occurrences, including but not limited to:

  • Train derailment
  • Train collision
  • Being struck by a train
  • Falling in the gap between train and track
  • Slipping on the train platform or in the train station

Personal injury protects accident victims

Personal injury law covers a broad range of accidents, from slip and fall accidents to car accidents, dog bites, and train accidents. At the center of all personal injury claims is the issue of negligence. The party responsible for the accident must have operated in a negligent manner and that negligence must have been the cause of the accident and subsequent injuries. In filing a personal injury claim, the injured party may recover compensatory damages for medical expenses, loss of income, lost earned sick and vacation time, and emotional pain and suffering.

Timeframe for filing a personal injury claim in Florida

Every state has what is known as a statute of limitations, which is the legal timeframe permitted to file a lawsuit in the civil court system. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the date of the accident. This is a firm deadline and it is important to understand that if you do not file your claim within this four-year window, in most cases, the court will refuse to hear your case at any time.

We fight for injured train accident victims

At Ged Lawyers, LLP, our knowledgeable accident attorneys aggressively fight on behalf of train accident victims to successfully recover just compensation for their injuries. If you have been hurt in a train accident, contact our office at 844-443-3529 or online to arrange a confidential consultation to discuss your case. We are available to answer your questions and discuss your options. Ged Lawyers, LLP accident attorneys represent a diverse clientele, with multilingual services available in Arabic, Creole, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.