An Amtrak train that was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed on Monday in Missouri when it crashed with a dump truck. The Amtrak train was carrying approximately 243 passengers and 12 crew members when the crash occurred; the crash occurred near Mendon, Mo., which is approximately 100 miles outside of Kansas City. The train derailed as a result of the crash.
The crash left 3 people dead – 2 of which were in the Amtrak train and the other which was in the dump truck – according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The number of injured victims is still unclear, but at least 3 passengers of the train were transported to a local hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Undeniably, this is a horrible incident. If you lost a loved one or if you sustained injuries in this crash, then you should explore the legal options available to you. Based on the details surrounding your specific situation, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about your right to file a train accident lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our injury lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to file your train accident claim and fight for your rights to a fair settlement. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of claims and are not afraid to take on your claim and fight for your rights. You can trust that our lawyers will handle your claim effectively and help you recover the maximum settlement available.
Possible Causes of Train Accidents
Train accidents can occur due to some of the following:
- Mechanical failures
- Trains that are traveling too fast
- Reckless drivers and pedestrians on the road
- Dangerous conditions at railroad crossings
- Reckless train operators
Of course, these are just some of the few causes of train accidents. Regardless of the specific cause of the accident, injuries are likely.
Train Accidents Can Lead to Devastating Injuries
Train accidents are, without a doubt, among the most devastating incidents that anyone could experience. These incidents can cause permanent and disabling injuries. Some of the many injuries that could occur as a result of train accidents include the following:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hip injuries
- Knee injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Severed limbs
- Impaling injuries
- Nerve damage
- Scrapes and bruises
Although some of these injuries might not seem like such a big deal listed here on this list, it is important to understand that these injuries could definitely be life-threatening.
Who is Liable?
Who is liable for the harm resulting from a train accident? In general, liability would fall onto whoever caused the accident. However, it is important to consider that trains are common carriers. Common carriers have the highest duty of care towards their passengers. Typically, common carriers are strictly liable for harm resulting from any incident that harms their passengers (with very few exceptions). For more information about establishing liability after a train accident, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm today.
Can You Sue?
Do you have the right to file a train accident lawsuit? Can you sue Amtrak for the harm that you or a loved one suffered in a train accident? Yes – you could have grounds to sue. You could have grounds to file a lawsuit against Amtrak for the harm that you or a loved one suffered. For more information about your right to file a lawsuit, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm. Our lawyers can help you better understand your right to sue and guide you every step of the way.
Can You Recover Compensation?
If your personal injury accident claim is successful, you could have grounds to recover monetary compensation. You could potentially recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
Of course, the specific type and amount of compensation that you could recover will always be based on the details surrounding your claim. Our train accident lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest settlement available for your claim.
What Should You Do?
After any sort of accident, including a train accident, it is important to act appropriately to essentially prepare to take legal action. The recommended steps include the following:
- Seek medical care as soon as possible
- Take photos of the injuries sustained
- Take photos of the scene of the incident
- File an incident report
- Speak to witnesses and collect their contact information
- Gather all relevant medical records
- Gather all relevant records of lost wages
- Seek legal assistance as soon as possible
Of course, it can be difficult to figure out what to do next after being involved in a train accident. Here at our law firm, we are ready to guide you every step of the way. If you are unsure of what you should do next, simply contact us at your earliest convenience.
Filing Your Claim on Time
All injury claims are subject to a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. If claimants do not file their claims on time, then they run the risk of losing their right to sue. In the state of California, for instance, injury claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. Each state has a different statute of limitations, ranging from one year to six years. For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to help you file your claim on time.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If you are ready to explore the legal option available to you, it is essential that you seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately. Our personal injury attorneys are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to begin or continue your train accident claim. For more information about your right to file a lawsuit against Amtrak for the train accident that injured you or killed a member of your family, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm immediately.
We are dedicated to keeping our legal services as accessible as possible; therefore, we offer free legal services, which includes free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and essentially provide you with all the information that you might need to begin or continue your train accident claim. To benefit from our free legal services, contact us at your earliest convenience.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that you will never be required to pay any upfront legal costs for our legal services. In addition, we work on a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not be responsible for paying legal costs until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you will simply not have to pay anything.
If you are ready to speak with our attorneys, contact us today.