San Diego Train Accident Lawyers
Aggressive Train Accident Attorneys Serving California Residents
Any accident involving a train typically leaves devastating injuries and fatalities. With massive weight traveling at high speeds, train collisions are usually disastrous. Individuals can be injured in other train accidents that do not involve collisions as well with equally devastating results. At the law firm of Martinez & Schill LLP, our San Diego train accident attorneys help those who have been injured in any type of train accident get the compensation they deserve. We are experienced in handling cases against government entities and effectively advocating for our clients’ rights.
Liability for Train Accidents in California
The law considers trains “common carriers” and holds train operators to the highest standard of care in protecting the safety of passengers. If an accident occurs due to even the slightest amount negligence from the train operator or rail carrier, the railroad can and should be held liable. There are several of different types of train accidents including:
- Train-to-train collisions;
- Train-to-car/truck collisions; or
- Train-to-pedestrian accidents.
Train passengers can also be injured by sudden starts and stops that cause dangerous falls or while getting on and off the train. Rail carriers are also responsible for the safety of passengers at train stations and platforms. Additionally, rail carriers can be liable for hazardous railroad crossings. Many train accidents occur at railroad crossings. Train operators have a duty to reasonably try to avoid accidents with cars and truck on roads crossing the tracks.
Train accident claims are sometimes against government entities and are subject to time restrictions on filing. Consequently, it is important to consult with an experienced public transportation accident attorney immediately following your accident. The statute of limitations for filing a claim against a government entity in California is six months. If you miss this deadline, you may not be able to receive compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of your loved one. Our San Diego train accident attorneys get started right away to prepare your case and will ensure your initial filing and all subsequent proceedings are handled in a timely and efficient manner.
If you have been injured or a family member has died in a train accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your personal injury case. One of our experienced accident attorneys will carefully listen to your version of the accident, answer your questions, and discuss your legal options going forwards. We are located in San Diego and Riverside, and we serve clients throughout the Southern California area.