Train accidents can lead to devastating damage. Not only can these accidents lead to serious injuries, but also in some cases, these accidents can lead to death. If you have been injured in a train accident, it is important to consult a Miami train accident attorney without delay. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can help you seek the compensation you need to move on with your life. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate these complex claims.
A truck driver was killed in Florida in early December when a SunRail train slammed into a semitrailer, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the semi died at the scene of the accident. He had stopped on the tracks and was attempting to back into a business loading dock. As he tried to maneuver the truck, the crossing arms for the railroad tracks came down onto the truck. People were yelling at the driver, trying to warn him of the train. He tried to get out, but it was too late. Unfortunately, this is not the first time a train accident has led to a fatality in Florida. Earlier this year, a man was struck and killed by a SunRail train in Longwood. That death marked the sixth commuter train-related death in 2017, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
Railroad companies are responsible for making sure that railroad crossings, gates, and all accompanying signs are in proper working order. If a railroad company does not provide or maintain these key features, and an injury or death takes place, the company may be liable for the accident and any resulting harm. It is important to note that a conductor and his or her employer may be liable for a train accident as well.
Railroads are regarded as common carriers and are governed by strict state and federal laws. This makes them strict liability entities in the transport industry. Even the slightest amount of negligence can make them liable, due to the high threat to public safety. To establish negligence, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendants deviated from the level of care that a reasonable person or entity would use under the same or similar circumstances, and that deviation caused the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting injuries.
As with any other case, the window to file a lawsuit is limited. Thus, it is important to act quickly after an accident. In cases in which you may be suing a government entity for a train accident, the window of time is even shorter.
Train accident claims can be complex, especially if you are trying to file a claim against a government entity. If you or your loved one has been involved in a train accident, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami train accident attorney who can analyze the facts of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to helping our clients pursue the compensation they deserve. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. To speak to us in more detail, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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