Each year in the United States there are over 3,000 train accidents that result in death or injury as well as property damage, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. The majority of train accidents occur at railroad crossings. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, an alarming 80 percent of all railroad crossings in the United States are deficient and lack proper warning signals, lights, and devices.
Train accidents occur approximately once every two hours in the United States. These accidents include freight trains, passenger trains, and commuter trains of all types, including public transport light-rail derivations.
A significant percentage of all train accident cases are settled out of court. Indeed, the percentage of train accident cases settled out of court is higher than the average among all personal injury cases.
Train accident cases are more apt to be settled out of court because of a desire by railroad companies, state transit authorities, and others to avoid what would likely be terribly negative media coverage during the course of a lawsuit.
Understanding the importance of the settlement process in a train accident case, if you are a victim of this type of accident, you need to be proactive in retaining legal representation. You can contact Zanes Law Mass Tort Lawyers to find out more about the role of a lawyer in a complex railroad accident case.
In 1997, the U.S. Congress passed a law that put an aggregate or comprehensive cap on the total amount of money that can be paid out in a single train accident. The overall liability of a passenger railroad company for injuries, damages, and losses in a single accident is capped at $200 million by this law.
Thus, in the event of a catastrophic train accident that results in many injuries and fatalities, the available compensation per individual claimant may not prove to be sufficient to cover losses. For example, imagine 300 people were somehow killed, injured, or otherwise harmed in a catastrophic train accident, that available $200 million theoretically would be split 300 different ways.
Very few lawyers have experience representing people in railroad accident cases. These are highly complex legal matters that necessitate representations by an attorney who has extensive experience in handing this type of legal matter.
The first step in retaining the professional services of an experienced railroad accident lawyer is arranging what is known as an initial consultation. At an initial consultation, you obtain an evaluation of your case by a lawyer. You also learn more about the claim's process as well as about a railroad accident lawsuit. You have an opportunity to ask your own questions as well.
As a cautionary note, your legal interests are likely to be best protected if you do not submit to questioning by an insurance company or anyone else associated with a railroad accident until you consult with a skilled, experienced railroad accident attorney. Contact Zanes Law's Mass Tort Lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation!
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