Aggressive Train Accident Attorneys Serving California Residents
Any accident involving a train typically leaves devastating injuries and fatalities. Considering a train’s massive weight and the high speeds it travels, a train collision is 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 of negligence by the train operator or rail carrier, the railroad can and should be held liable. There are several different types of train accidents, including:
- Train-to-train collisions
- Train-to-car/truck collisions
- Train-to-pedestrian accidents
Train passengers can also be injured by sudden starts and stops that cause dangerous falls. They can also fall while getting on or off trains. Rail carriers are responsible for the safety of passengers at train stations and platforms as well. 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 trucks 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 that your initial filing and all subsequent proceedings are handled in a timely and efficient manner.
Learn More About Your Options In A Free Consultation
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. Call our San Diego office at 619-512-5995 or our Riverside office at 951-290-3367. One of our experienced accident attorneys will carefully listen to your version of the accident, answer your questions and discuss your legal options going forward.