Train & Metro Accident Cases: Los Angeles & Nationwide
The train and Metro injury lawyer at Morris Law Firm pursues train and Metro accident cases with your needs in mind. If you or someone you care about were in any type of accident involving a train, Metro, train platform, or train track, we have the legal resources and experience to help you recover. Our Los Angeles-based attorney deals with the transit authority and insurance companies on your behalf to get you the coverage and compensation that you deserve for medical expenses, wrongful death, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Common Train & Metro Accidents
Train and Metro injuries can happen in a variety of ways and for a number of reasons. The seasoned train accident lawyers at Morris Law Firm help injured accident victims and their families after all manner of train accidents, including the following:
Derailments. Derailments occur when the train hops off the track. Derailment can be caused by conductor error, poor train or track maintenance, negligent engineering, broken rails, or many other factors. If derailment happens while the train is running at full speed, there will likely be a serious accident.
Platform Accidents. Railway operators are responsible not only for their trains but also for the safety of the platforms adjacent to train tracks. When those platforms are wet, slippery, left in disrepair, or otherwise kept in unsafe conditions, passengers boarding or disembarking from the train can easily slip, fall, and suffer serious injuries. Slipping, tripping, and falling all the way to the tracks are likely to lead to serious injury or worse.
Train Collisions. Train-on-train collisions are uncommon, but when they do happen, the results are catastrophic. Train collisions only occur when something has gone terribly awry either with the trains’ operation, the equipment, or the track.
Train-Auto Collision. Train-auto collisions happen when a passenger vehicle collides with a train car. This might occur because of a malfunction of the train-crossing signal, a train derailment, or negligence on the part of the auto driver. A train-auto collision is likely to lead to catastrophic injury and could even lead to derailment of the train.
Train Car Injury. Train cars must be kept safe for passenger use. When passengers are injured due to slipping on wet surfaces, broken railings and handlebars, or train door malfunctions, the train operator might be liable.
Train-Pedestrian Collision. When a train collides with a pedestrian, there will almost certainly be a fatality. Whether that accident was caused by human error or some defect in the train or track, the appropriate parties must be held responsible.
Proving Liability After a California Train Accident
Proving liability is vital for successfully recovering damages in any personal injury matter. When a train or Metro accident occurs, apportioning liability can be challenging. Many different parties and their actions may be at play, and it’s important to include all relevant parties to ensure the injured victim gets the compensation they are owed.
Determining who is liable depends upon the nature of the accident and the actions of those involved. For example:
- If the injury occurred on the platform, then the company or entity that maintains the platforms could be held liable.
- If the accident is caused by a defective train track or train part, then the company that maintained that stretch of track or that manufactured that train part might be responsible.
- If the accident is caused by conductor error, poor train maintenance, or some other element of the train’s operation, then the company that operates the railway (for example, Amtrak) may be held liable for any resulting injuries.
- If a train was derailed by a negligent passenger car driver, such as if someone left their car parked on the tracks, then that driver might be responsible for any resulting injuries.
The seasoned train accident legal team at Morris Law Firm will investigate the circumstances of your train or Metro accident to determine who might be held responsible and how best to prove your case against them.
Call Morris Law Firm For Help With a Train Accident Claim in Los Angeles or Southern California
We understand there are many ways you can be injured by a train or on the Metro and that each case is unique. Contact our Los Angeles train injury attorney today to evaluate your unique train or Metro injury claim. Morris Law Firm will give you a personalized evaluation and help you figure out your legal rights and next steps.
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