Georgia Train Accidents Lawyer
Every year, thousands of people are injured in train accidents. Far too often, these accidents are caused by the negligent driving or poorly maintained vehicles, and violations of vehicle and safety laws.
Train companies and operators have a duty to keep passengers safe. If a train operator acts negligently or an accident is caused by a lack of proper maintenance or safety training, the company needs to be held accountable for your injuries. Train accidents can occur for a variety of reasons including:
- Human error by train operator
- Defects in train tracks
- Signal defects
- Defective train equipment
- Fatigued train operator or crew
- Poorly maintained train crossings
Because of the sheer size of these vehicles and the speeds they are traveling, train accidents can result in very serious injuries. Passenger trains weigh several hundred tons, travel at very high speeds and take a long time to stop. Often, by the time a train operator discovers a problem there may not be much they can do to stop it. These types of accidents cause serious injuries that often involve:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
Who is Responsible for My Accident?
Train operators are responsible for keeping their passengers safe, however the laws regarding train operator liability are complicated. It is necessary to have one of our experienced Georgia train accident lawyers working on your behalf to ensure that your rights are protected.
There are times for example, where an accident is caused by unpredictable circumstances, such as a car stalled on the tracks for instance, where it may be difficult to prove that the conductor acted negligently. If it can be proven that the train accident was due to the negligence or poor train maintenance, the train operator or company can be held responsible.
Not surprisingly, train companies will not be willing to readily accept responsibility and have their own lawyers fighting to defend them. There also have insurance companies who will work very hard to persuade you to settle your claim for pennies on the dollar. At Duffy & Feemster we are experienced and well prepared to handle these types of cases and fight hard on your behalf.
We understand that if you or a loved one has been injured, you have a lot of questions and may not know where to turn. Come in and speak to us. We can sort out the facts of your case and give you a fair assessment of your legal rights. Your first consultation is completely free.