Train accidents are some of the most legally and medically complex cases an injury attorney can handle. Our experienced train and rail road injury accident lawyers in Phoenix will fight to protect the rights of you and your family following a serious or fatal train accident. Learn more about your legal opportunities below from our Phoenix personal injury lawyers.
What is a Train Accident?
When we speak of train accidents, many people think of two trains colliding or a train derailing in a catastrophic accident. However, the vast majority of train accidents involve motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who are seriously injured or killed in train accidents at railroad crossings.
Some accidents are caused by insufficient safety precautions along train crossings in the form of either signage or auditory warning. Even though drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are not supposed to stop on train tracks, without enough warning of a train passing, every is put in danger of a train accident.
Arizona Train Accidents
- In 2009, there were 1,850 train accidents reported in the United States, claiming 712 lives.
- Fourteen people were killed in Arizona train accidents and 82 were injured.
- At least a dozen people have died as a result of train accidents in Arizona in each of the past 15 years.
- Arizona has 770 public railroad crossings.
- 392 Arizona railroad crossings have safety gates.
Source: Federal Railroad Administration.
Arizona Train Accident Attorneys
The Arizona train accident lawyers at Abels & Annes are ready to handle the complex legal and medical issues that often arise from a serious or fatal railroad accident. We will thoroughly review the circumstances of your accident and determine the causes and those responsible. At–fault parties may include railroad personnel, train operators, maintenance contractors, railway or train owners, inspectors, or federal, state and local governments.
Arizona Light Rail Accidents
Arizona is one of the many cities in the US that offers efficient public transportation. One of our most modern forms of public transportation is our light rail system. The light rail system that runs throughout Maricopa county provides convenient transportation to thousands of Phoenix residents. However, with the increased popularity of the light rail system and its expanding presence near Maricopa county roads, a new way for people to get injured has emerged.
The light rail system creates some unique hazards such as injuries resulting from people getting on and off, cars being struck, and pedestrians and bicyclists being run over by the light rail cars.
Train Accident Injuries in Arizona
Injuries resulting from a train accident are frequently very serious and may include spinal cord injuries, back and neck injuries, brain injuries, crushed or broken limbs or joints, severe burns, amputation injuries and other serious medical conditions requiring long–term rehabilitation or disability care.
Hiring a law firm capable of fighting for your legal rights will allow you to concentrate on recovery and can help ensure the future financial well–being of you and your family.
Regardless of the injury caused by a train accident, the effects are often severe. This is due to the mass of a train compared to the human body, a bike, a motorcycle, and even a car.
Statistics About Train Accidents
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that more than 1,000 people are injured and 300 are killed each year at railroad–crossing accidents. Of the nearly 140,000 public railroad crossings in the United States, only about 1 in 3 are guarded by gates and fewer than 25,000 are equipped with flashing lights or other warning devices.
Liability in Train Accidents
When missing, inoperable or malfunctioning warning equipment leads to a serious or fatal train accident, those responsible can and should be held accountable for the injuries they cause, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, disability and possible current and future medical expenses. Liable parties can include the train operator or manufacturer, or the company operating the train, depending on the cause of the accident.
Contact an Experienced Arizona Train Accident Attorney
At Abels & Annes, we will work with your doctor, hospital and medical care providers, to ensure you are receiving the medical treatment you need, while building a case capable of winning the compensation you deserve. Our Phoenix injury attorneys and wrongful death lawyers are committed to making legal representation available to anyone who has been involved in an Arizona train accident. Contact Abels & Annes for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.