Train Derailment Lawyer

Train derailments can be rare, but when they happen, they can be catastrophic accidents. At Farah & Farah, we understand the severity of derailment accidents – and the profound effect they can have on your life. Derailments can cause serious injuries at the most unexpected time, resulting in undue stress and pain on your behalf.

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries and/or emotional distress due to a train derailment, please contact our experienced train derailment lawyers at Farah & Farah today to discuss your case. We understand the pain you may be experiencing and want to lend our services to help you relieve that pain.

What to Expect From Our Derailment Attorneys

At Farah & Farah, we offer our legal services to aid you in the aftermath of a derailment accident. With our experience and knowledge of train accidents, we can help you:

  • Seek medical attention for any of your injuries including referring you to any specialists if necessary.
  • Investigate the scene of the accident and gather any evidence that may be beneficial to your case.
  • Determine who is liable for your injuries.
  • Pursue full and fair compensation against any parties responsible for your injuries.

Derailment accidents may involve a lot of stress and complications. Let us take care of the legal issues while you can focus on healing and recovery.

Derailments May Be Caused By Numerous Factors

When a train comes off its rails, an investigation is immediately conducted to determine the cause of the accident. Common causes for a derailment include:

  • Track failure. Minor breaks in the rail can often go unnoticed as trains function normally on them – until the breaks get larger and a derailment occurs.
  • Failure of track switches. Derailments can occur at switch points where trains are meant to switch onto adjacent tracks. Malfunctioning or otherwise broken switches can result in a derailment.
  • Collision on the rails. This can happen at crossings or on the rail and can involve vehicles, people, or even animals such as cows.
  • Failure of train equipment. Vital operating equipment on the trains, such as the wheels, can fail through a number of ways, causing slippage, misalignment, and derailment.
  • Unusual track interaction. Some circumstances can result in rails becoming misaligned and potentially warped. This commonly happens in regions where there is hot weather for extended periods of time. Although there are braces in place to prevent buckling and warping, often these systems can fail.
  • Engineer miscommunication. Failure to properly communicate of obstacles, other trains, and switch changes on the tracks can result in collisions, leading to derailments and serious injury.

Typically, most of these factors fall under the umbrella of negligence.

Determining Liability and Damages of Derailments

In a train derailment case where a motor vehicle collision is not the primary cause, liability ultimately may fall on the train company in charge of operating the train. The following parties may be at fault:

  • The train engineer who may have failed to communicate with other engineers, slow down the vehicle for any hazards and other circumstances.
  • Those responsible for maintaining the vehicle and ensuring its mechanics are operating properly.
  • Those responsible for maintaining the tracks making sure that any breaks or weak welds are properly fixed.

Although they may all be at fault in some form, the company they work for ultimately may assume responsibility for their collective negligence.

In cases where derailment was caused by a motor vehicle collision, liability may also fall on the driver who caused the collision. In this case, you may be able to pursue multiple parties for compensation.

Contact Farah & Farah Today

Derailments can come with devastating injuries, a decreased quality of life and mental anguish. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury due to a train derailment, contact Farah & Farah for immediate support and relief. You do not have to go through the aftermath of a derailment alone. Let us help you through the process and help you fight for the compensation and support that you need during this trying time.