Whether traveling cross-country by train or taking public transit to and from work, people all over Georgia depend on railway transportation. As you board your train — whether for vacation or your daily commute — an accident should be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, though, railroad accidents do happen, and you should know what to do if you're ever involved in one.
Railway travel is one of the safest ways to travel, but train accidents do happen. Laws governing rail companies state that they must protect their passengers. Under these laws, rail companies can be held liable in train accidents as common carriers. In the case of a railroad accident, if the company was in a position to have prevented the accident, victims can file a claim against that company.Railroad Accidents and Georgia Law
There are state and federal laws that regulate rail companies and the things they must do to protect the public, including safety precautions and response to known dangers. When a client comes to us after a train accident, our team at McAleer Law will investigate to determine whether the rail company broke any state or federal regulations. If we uncover mistakes and/or negligence on the part of the rail company, the company can be held partially or totally liable.
Injuries from train accidents can include fairly minor injuries, such as bruises, strains, and sprains or more severe ones, such as broken bones, spinal injury, and brain injury. These injuries can all affect a person’s ability to earn a living and provide for themselves and their family. And these injuries give rise to other damages, such as medical bills and lost wages. It is critical to have an experienced train accident attorney represent you in your claim for personal injuries against the rail company.Train Accidents Involving Motorists in Georgia
Motorists are required to stop 15 feet or more from a railroad crossing. They must wait at this safe distance until the train is out of the crossing area, and only then may they proceed across the tracks. By federal law, trains are required to sound their horn and have functional lights. These devices alert drivers to a train heading toward a railroad crossing, and they greatly improve safety at unsecured crossings.
In some cases, rail companies are not held responsible for malfunctioning crossing equipment, but they can be held responsible for improperly maintaining the crossing and its equipment. It is often found that railroad crossings do not have the proper or functioning safety equipment that is required by federal law.Contact an Atlanta Train Accident Attorney ASAP
After a train accident, the rail company should be held accountable for victims' injuries and damages. Unfortunately, certain statutes of limitations apply to railroad accidents in Georgia. If you or someone you love is involved in a train accident, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Waiting to talk with an attorney could result in forfeiture of the compensation you're owed.
In some situations, claims must be filed within six months of the date of the accident. So, if you think you may have a case, you can't afford to wait. Contact the experienced train accident attorneys at McAleer Law today.
We advise train wreck victims to begin their claim immediately after an accident. McAleer Law will aggressively build your case and fight the rail company to recover full and fair damages for your losses.
Call 404-622-5337 today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We will help you understand your case and what you can do next to ensure the best results.