Train Accidents

derailed train on a track

Though statistics show that train travel is generally much safer than car travel when train accidents do occur they are likely to result in far more injuries and fatalities than traffic accidents. It is frightening, therefore, to know that, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ranks Ohio high for train accidents. This is, of course, especially troubling if you have been seriously injured in a railroad accident in the Buckeye State.

How Our Train Accident Attorney Can Help

If you have been the victim of a train accident in or around Cincinnati, once you are receiving the urgent medical care you need, it is crucial that you contact the personal injury attorneys at Jones Kahan Law who can win you the compensation you deserve. Train accident lawsuits, because they may involve the federal government as well as large private companies, are more complicated to negotiate and litigate than car accidents. This is why it’s extremely important that you have the train accident attorneys of Jones Kahan Law handle your case. We are fully committed to making sure that those responsible for your losses are held accountable. In the meantime, we will treat you with respect and kindness and charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win your case.

We have the skill, knowledge, and successful track record to accomplish the task. More than that, we have the compassion to support you personally while you go through one of the most challenging periods of your life. We understand that you’re overwhelmed by physical pain, emotional distress, and the threat of financial insecurity. Our goal is to lift your burden, giving you the time you need to rest and recover while we fight to win you the substantial damages you and your family deserve going forward.

When a Train Accident Leads to Wrongful Death

If you have suffered the immeasurable pain of losing a loved one in a wrongful death due to a train accident, we will file a lawsuit on your family’s behalf to obtain compensation for final medical care, funeral expenses, loss of companionship and loss of future income. We are well aware that we can never compensate you for the loss of a family member, but we always try to make that loss more bearable by working to ensure that your family maintains its financial security.

Who Can Be Injured in a Train Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board reports that the majority of train accidents in the U.S. occur at crossings and are caused by collisions between cars and trains and by pedestrians crossing railroad tracks. As you’re no doubt aware, a great many freight trains as well as passenger trains travel our rails. Therefore, in addition to suffering severe injuries when aboard a passenger train, you may be seriously harmed as a driver or passenger of a car crossing the train tracks, a pedestrian crossing the tracks, or even a bystander hit by the falling cargo of a freight train.

Injuries Commonly Suffered

Tragically, not only can a great many people be injured in one train accident, train accident injuries tend to be severe. or even catastrophic. Because train passengers are not belted in or otherwise offered protection in case of accidents, they commonly suffer one or more of the following:

  • Bone fractures
  • Crush injuries
  • Burns (that may lead to scarring and disfigurement)
  • Spinal cord injuries (that may lead to mobility issues or paralysis)
  • Organ or limb damage (possibly resulting in organ removal or amputation)
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) (that may lead to loss of sight, hearing, or limited cognition

If you have suffered injuries of this severity, you are facing long-term incapacity and possibly permanent disability. That’s why you need the finest legal representation available.

Types of Train Accidents

There are three broad categories of train accidents: — [1] those due to train and track malfunction [2] those due to driver incompetence, negligence, or impairment and [3] those due to external factors.

  1. Train and track malfunctions may be structural, mechanical or electrical problems of the train, tracks or signals due to poor maintenance or improper inspections.
  2. Driver problems may be the result of poor training, general incompetence, impairment by drugs or alcohol, distraction (e.g. by electronic devices), sleepiness, fatigue, a medical event, recklessness (e.g. speeding, failing to obey signals).
  3. External factors, such as poor weather conditions, cars, animals, debris or pedestrians on the tracks can also cause serious train accidents. It should be noted that far too many train accidents occur because of deliberate suicidal or homicidal actions by pedestrians.

You may also be the victim of a train accident if you fall into the gap between the train and the platform or if you are harmed by the leakage or spill of cargo onto the area surrounding the train. For instance. It is possible for a spill of cargo to be flammable or a toxic spill to burn your lungs or skin.

Sometimes, train accidents are the direct result of a railway’s failure to follow federal or state safety laws. If this happens, the court may decide to make the railway fully liable without the need or any further proof of fault.

What Jones Kahan Law Can Do for You

When you have been badly injured in a train accident, you are no doubt overwhelmed by pain and anxiety, wondering: How long will it take for me to recover? Will I ever be able to return to my workplace? Who will support my family if I lose my income? This is where having our legal team in your corner will provide solace. We will fight hard and long to get you the damages you are entitled to for:

  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost income, present, and future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If the train accident was caused by egregious fault on the part of the engineer or the railroad — for example, if the driver was impaired by drugs and speeding, or if the railroad has failed to do necessary maintenance of the tracks, you may be entitled to receive punitive damages as well as the above-mentioned compensatory ones.

Contact Our Cincinnati Train Accident Attorney

The most important thing to remember if you have been seriously hurt in a train accident in Cincinnati is that our train accident attorneys have your back. Contact Jones Kahan Law as soon as you can. We will stand up for you, always determined to protect your rights and your future.