Trains are a vital part of our economy. Indeed, our country’s transportation infrastructure relies heavily on trains. In all, it is estimated that there are nearly 2,000 miles of active rail lines in the state of Nevada alone. Many of these lines cross repeatedly over public roadways. While most trains that run on these lines are operated safely, sadly, serious train accidents still do occur.
When a train accident does take place, the consequences can be especially devastating. All too often, train accidents result in life-altering injuries or even fatalities. If you or a loved one was hurt or killed in a train crash, you need to take action to protect your legal rights.
Nevada train accidents happen for a wide variety of different reasons. Operating trains is extremely complex, and there are many different individuals and systems involved in this process. To account for this, train companies must always put their focus on the safety of their employees, passengers and the general public.
When companies put profits over safety, very serious accidents can occur. Indeed, few, if any, train accidents are truly unavoidable. The vast majority of these crashes take place because preventable mistakes were made. Some of the most common causes of train accident include:
Ultimately, under Nevada law, the party that was ‘at fault’ for a train accident can be held legally liable for all resulting damages. If a train company in any way contributed to your accident, then you can take legal action against that firm.
Train accidents can have many different victims. If a commuter train crashes, then there may be passengers on board who were put at considerable risk. If an industrial train crashes, then there may be workers on board whose safety was put at risk. Regardless, anyone who was on board a train during an accident should look into taking legal action to obtain fair compensation for their damages. Of course, many train accidents do not cause damages to anyone on board.
Indeed, some of the most dangerous train accidents involve collisions with motor vehicles at railroad crossings. When these types of collision occur, the occupants of the train itself may be fine. However, the occupants of the affected motor vehicle will almost always sustain very severe damages. For example, a train may hit a passing car at a highway crossing. This should never happen, yet, it still does. This type of accident requires immediate, intensive investigation to determine who bears the fault for the crash. Even worse, trains can be very dangerous for motorcyclists. Bikers are inherently exposed to the elements. In the event that a biker is struck by a train at a crossing, or hit when a train derails, then the resulting injuries can be truly catastrophic.
If you were injured in a train accident, whether you were a passenger on the train, an employee on the train, or the occupant of a vehicle, you deserve full and fair compensation for your damages. Yet, obtaining a fair settlement offer is never easy. Train companies are very large business operations; in accident cases, they are usually represented by even larger insurance companies. These big companies do everything in their power to get victims to settle their claims for far less than they are worth. Do not let an insurance company take advantage of you. Our experienced Vegas personal injury lawyers can help you seek compensation for every penny that you deserve under the law. Specifically, we may be able to help you obtain money for:
Sadly, train accidents often lead to fatalities. This is why it is so important that train companies operate their fleet with the highest level of safety in mind. If a Las Vegas train accident was the cause of death of your loved one, you should contact an attorney immediately to discuss bringing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Following such a heartbreaking tragedy, it can be extremely difficult to think about any legal issues. However, under Nevada law, you only have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to initiate a wrongful death claim. Further, the longer you wait to bring a claim, the higher the chances that important evidence will be lost. The bottom line: If you lost a loved on in a train accident, you need to contact an experienced attorney today. Your attorney can help you bring a claim seeking wrongful death damages, including:
While no amount of compensation can truly make up for the loss of a loved one, you need fair financial relief to help take care of you and your family. Let your attorney worry about all the legal issues involved with bringing a wrongful death lawsuit, while you focus on the well-being of yourself, your friends and your family.
Were you injured in a train accident in Southern Nevada? If so, please contact the experienced Vegas personal injury attorneys at Ladah Law Firm today. To schedule your free, fully confidential initial consultation, please call us today at (702) 252-0055 or reach out to our firm directly through our short online contact form. From our office in the heart of Las Vegas, we represent victims throughout the region, including in Henderson, Sunrise Manor, Green Valley, Summerlin and Paradise.