Since rail use has been steadily declining for the last several decades, many lines are still used for extensive cargo and freight transportation. Their crossings still regulate interaction with roads, and trains generally slow before passing through towns and blast their horns. Nevertheless, there are still occasional collisions with drivers. Although rare, they can be incredibly devastating.
According to Operation Lifesaver, a railway safety organization, in 2019 there were 135 collisions between trains and automobiles, resulting in 24 deaths, and 54 injuries. With the circumstances surrounding collisions between trains and vehicles, drivers are 20 times more likely to be killed during a collision with a train than with another vehicle.
Often, these collisions are the result of a driver stopping on the tracks, frequently unknowingly or while waiting for a traffic light to change. This can be due to the fault of the driver, but this is not always the case and there are factors that can affect that liability.
What We Are Taught As Driving Students
Student drivers are unfailingly taught to cross railway crossings in a safe and efficient manner. Drivers’ education courses teach how far away from the tracks the vehicle should stop during a train approach or during a traffic light change. But even the most careful drivers can still be the victim of a railway accident.
Since rail is still a very common means of transport for both people and goods, they frequently cover thousands of miles every day in the state of Florida. With so much rail travel, there is always a small chance of a train colliding with vehicles or pedestrians. If it is found that the railway or the railroad operator were operating recklessly or negligently, the victim could be entitled to compensation for their damages.
What Types Of Damages Might I Be Able to Request Compensation For?
The law in Florida allows victims that have suffered injuries due to railway accidents to seek to collect compensation for damages suffered and losses sustained. Your personal damages may include medical bills, lost wages, damages to personal property like your cellphone, glasses, and so on, and even your physical pain and suffering.
Since railway cases can often be extremely complex and depend heavily on the circumstances surrounding the accident, the best thing you can do for your claim is to contact an experienced West Palm Beach train accident attorney like the ones at LJ Law Group.
Why Choose LJ Law Group?
When filing a personal injury claim, the process can often be very complex and frustrating. For someone who is trying to heal and recover from possibly severe injuries, this can be an incredibly overwhelming situation. Your attorney has priceless expertise in navigating the claims system and will know not only how to build the strongest claim but will also know how to best present it effectively through the whole process. By working with LJ Law Group you will gain a powerful ally in your fight for fair compensation. Contact us today.