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Train Accident FAQ

Train Accident FAQ

Answers for Victims & Families

If you or a family member have recently been harmed in a train accident, it is important to understand that you have rights. These rights can help you hold train companies liable for the harm they caused and can help you secure the compensation you deserve. To help you better understand your rights, our legal team has put together the following frequently asked questions and answers.

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Do I have a case?

Whether or not you have a case will depend on the unique facts and circumstances of your situation. Generally, victims who were injured in train accidents were not at fault and will be eligible to file a lawsuit. These victims can include passengers, individuals nearby, or even motorists involved in collisions with trains.

I lost a loved one in a train accident. What are my rights?

Families who lose a loved one in fatal train accidents can file wrongful death claims to hold at-fault parties accountable. While nothing can ever replace a loved one, wrongful death lawsuits can allow families to secure a sense of justice and monetary compensation for their damages, including the loss of emotional and financial support.

Who can be held accountable for a train accident?

This also depends on the facts of a case. For example, victims harmed in train accidents may file claims for damages against train companies - which is often the case if the accident was caused by negligent or reckless operation of a train, negligent oversight of train company employees, or negligent employers. If a train accident was caused by a defective product, lawsuits may be filed against manufacturers of train equipment or parts.

Is there a time limit for filing a train accident claim?

Yes, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions enforce time limits known as the statute of limitations that require victims to file lawsuits within a certain amount of time. The statute of limitations can vary depending on the jurisdiction and whether the case involved personal injury or wrongful death. It is generally advised that victims and families take immediate action in bringing their case to the attention of a lawyer, as it can ensure attorneys have the necessary time to work the case and that it is filed within the statute of limitations.

What compensation can I recover?

Under the law, victims and families who suffer harm in accidents that were not their fault are eligible to recover financial compensation for their damages.

Damages will vary on an individual basis, but can include compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • The cost of future medical care
  • Past and future lost wages or benefits
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish for the loss of a loved one
  • Loss of parental support and guidance
  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of quality of life

How can an attorney help?

Working with an experienced lawyer can make the difference in your case. Professional lawyers can handle all of the legal work and investigations on your behalf while you focus on your recovery. They can also go to battle with train companies and insurance companies that do everything they can to minimize payouts.

Train accident cases can be incredibly complex, and they demand the attention of trial lawyers who have hands-on experience with similar cases.

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Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has helped many clients through the personal injury and wrongful death process after train accidents, including those involving Amtrak and Washington Metro. Over the past decade, our attorneys have represented victims from almost every major train incident in the District of Columbia Metropolitan area.

We keep clients fully informed about the progress of their cases and fight to secure the maximum compensation possible. Our attorneys also know accidents can make for difficult times, which is why clients only pay us if and when we win.

Contact us today to discuss your case and how we can help.