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Florida Train Derailment & Accident Attorneys
Under Florida law, trains and railroad operators that transport passengers in exchange for money are known as common carriers. In the United States, common carriers owe their passengers an extremely high duty of care to ensure their safety, which includes the process of boarding and exiting the train and the ride in between. Unfortunately, there are instances when train accidents do occur.
Train accidents can transpire on passenger rail trains, light rails, commuter trains, shuttles, and other forms of train systems. With train accidents, however, the consequences can be significantly more catastrophic as compared to the average vehicle accident due to the train’s massive weight, speed and the fact that passengers are not strapped in.
If you were injured in a Florida train accident or derailment then call The Law Offices of Philip DeBerard as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Train Accidents/Derailments
Train accidents or collisions can result from a combination of varying factors and conditions. In the United States, common causes of train accidents and railroad crossing accidents are:
- Driver error or inexperience
- Driver fatigue
- Excessive train speeds
- Poor train maintenance
- Defective tracks or signals
- Obstructed crossings
- Mechanical failure of train or crossing signal
- Lack of flashing lights
- Lack of mechanical guards
- Train scheduling error
Sadly a train accident victims may sustain serious injuries including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, head and neck injury, broken bones, burns, and possibly even death. Victim may then deal with physical, financial, and emotional damages such as costly medical expense, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and property damage.
In the event of a wrongful death, the victim’s loved ones may possibly pursue recovery for funeral costs, medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and loss of companionship.
If you are in need of a train accident attorney, call The Law Offices of Philip DeBerard right away. Our attorneys will work tirelessly and efficiently to help you obtain the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.
Railroad accidents can be complex in nature since it is rare for railroad companies to admit fault. If you or a loved one is injured in a train accident or derailment in Florida, call The Law Offices of Philip DeBeard toll-free at 1-800-299-8878 or complete our contact form and allow us to put our 30 years experience to work for you.