South Florida Train Accident Lawyers
Dyson Law PLLC represents pedestrians, motorists, and passengers who have been injured in train accidents.
South Florida Train Accidents
From derailments to collisions, freight and passenger trains pose a significant risk to Florida residents. In fact, Florida ranked sixth in railroad crossing accidents from 2014-2018, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration. Pedestrians, passengers, and motorists suffer catastrophic and often fatal injuries as a result of these accidents. Dyson Law PLLC advocates for South Florida train accident victims, helping them receive compensation for injuries or wrongful deaths.
We have the resources to investigate train accidents thoroughly and determine fault. Once we assign liability, we pursue the maximum compensation for our clients.
Common Causes of South Florida Train Accidents
Our Delray Beach lawyers painstakingly pour over evidence to find the cause of the train accident. Train accidents are often caused by:
- Negligence or human error
- Mechanical failure
- Defective train tracks
- Vehicles stalled on the track
- Lack of security
- Hazardous conditions
- Design errors
- Faulty train crossings
CONDUCTOR ERROR AND TRAIN ACCIDENTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
There is a myth that train conductors don’t have many responsibilities. In fact, train conductors are responsible for ensuring safe passage. They must keep their eyes on the tracks at all times, looking for obstructions. Also, they have to ensure that all laws and regulations are followed during the trip. This is just a small sample of what conductors must do. With so many responsibilities, conductor negligence can lead to severe accidents.
Some accidents occur because conductors are fatigued. They work long hours and might feel tired on the job. This can prevent them from paying attention to potential obstacles. They also might get distracted or increase the speed to meet a deadline. These are just some possible causes of train accidents in South Florida.
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EVIDENCE USED TO PROVE FAULT IN A TRAIN ACCIDENT
Your Delray Beach train accident attorney will investigate the mishap and gather all available evidence. Trains are often outfitted with cameras that provide video evidence of the accident. Your attorney can also access audio recordings between the conductor and dispatch. Dispatch records are another resource when researching the accident. Your attorney will review the records to see if the dispatcher failed to route the trains safely.
The train’s event data recorder can also be used to prove negligence. This device records data when the train is in use. The data includes travel speed, brake usage, and more. Your attorney can use the information to reconstruct the accident.
TYPES OF INJURIES AFTER TRAIN ACCIDENTS
Train accident victims often suffer severe, debilitating injuries. Common injuries include burns, fractures, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries. Because these injuries are severe, long-term medical care is often needed. Your South Florida train accident attorney will determine your long-term needs when evaluating your claim. This will include your ability or inability to work now and in the future.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR TRAIN ACCIDENTS
The statute of limitations depends on the type of claim you need to file after the train accident. If you are filing a claim for an injury, you have four years from the date of the accident. However, if you are filing the claim on behalf of a loved one who passed away due to the accident, you only have two years from the date of death. There are few exceptions to the statute of limitations, so don’t wait to speak to an attorney.