Serious train crashes, usually involving derailment or a collision with another train, are often catastrophic and can result in fatalities and serious injuries, including life-threatening burns. Many times, a train accident may also be the result of cars, buses, or trucks that have stopped on the tracks, causing a train wreck. Some railroad accidents may not involve the train itself, but instead may and involve a slip or trip on a station platform or when embarking and debarking the train.What is the Responsibility of Train or Railroad When an Accident Occurs?
Train passengers are entitled to a very high duty of care from the operator of the train line. However, other laws governing liability in these types of cases can still be extremely complex. There are many factors that determine if the railroad company was at fault and could have prevented the accident and resulting injuries by exercising the proper care and maintenance. If you are injured because of the negligence of the conductor or the engineer, then the railroad may also still be held liable for your injuries. Unfortunately, many railroad companies do not readily accept responsibility for their negligence or the negligence of their employees. If an accident occurs in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, our attorneys will help you determine the responsibility of the various parties that are involved whether it is the railroad, a trucking company, a bus, a car, employees or any combination of contributory factors.
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The injured party should seek immediate medical attention for any injury. If you are acting on behalf of someone due to the seriousness of the injury or death, you should contact a lawyer on their behalf as soon as possible. Immediate investigation and preservation of evidence are often critical to proving a personal injury case arising from a train crash. Investigations usually involve an examination of the scene while the evidence, such as skid marks and gouge marks, is still fresh. It is also critical to establish contact with the investigating authorities, who have often done an accident reconstruction. It is in the best interest of the injured person to immediately hire an experienced train/railroad injury attorney to investigate their case.