Tucson Train Accident Attorneys
Trains often cause life-threatening injuries when they collide with passenger vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists. Those inside the train can also be injured in these kinds of crashes.
If you lost a loved one in a train accident or suffered injuries and damages yourself, you may be able to explore legal options. Our Tucson train accident lawyers are prepared to discuss the situation. The consultation is 100 percent free of charge. There is also no obligation on you to take legal action.
Phillips Law Group has recovered several hundred million dollars in compensation in nearly three decades of representing Arizona injury victims. We obtained a settlement of $750,000 on behalf of the victim of a train accident at a railroad crossing.
Our award-winning founder Jeffrey Phillips is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 and the National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers – Top 25.
We do not charge upfront fees for providing legal representation. Unless you receive compensation, we do not get paid. You can reach our firm anytime, night or day to schedule your consultation.
Phillips Law Group: 1-800-706-3000.
Do I Have a Case Over My Train Accident?
Every case is unique, so this is a difficult question to answer without a comprehensive review of your situation.
Our attorneys must establish the accident was caused by the negligence of someone involved with the safe operation of the train, which could include:
- Train conductor
- Owner of the track
- Operator of the train
- Manufacturer of the train
- Company that owns the train
- City/state entities responsible for running the train
Negligence is a legal theory that has four parts, and each part must be established to have a case for compensation.
First, there must have been a duty of care owed to you at the time of the accident, such as a duty to operate the train safely or ensure proper maintenance.
The next element of negligence is breach of the duty of care, which means the at-fault party did not take the proper steps to uphold the duty of care. For example, maybe the railroad company did not comply with federal or state regulations.
The third element of negligence is causation, or a link between the breach of duty of care and the victim’s injuries. If the duty of care was upheld, the injury would not have occurred.
The last element of negligence is damages from the injuries. Common examples include medical expenses and lost wages from missing work.
Proving these elements requires a detailed investigation and understanding of the law. The legal team at Phillips Law Group has been building these cases for more than 27 years.
Call a Tucson train accident lawyer for a free consultation.
Compensation for a Train Accident Claim
There are many factors that must be considered to determine the full value of a train accident case, such as the severity and extent of your injuries. If the case involves a wrongful death, different kinds of damages may be available to compensate surviving family members for this unexpected loss.
In a free consultation with the attorneys at Phillips Law Group, you can ask about the potential value of your damages and whether you may have a case.
Common damages that may result from a train accident injury include:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical bills, such as bills for ongoing physical therapy
- Lost wages and/or earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering and anguish
- Partial disability
- Permanent scarring
- Lost companionship
- Lost enjoyment of life
The compensation available depends on the specifics of a case. For instance, in cases of extreme or intentional negligence, punitive damages might be available. These are paid out to punish the at-fault party and try to deter others from engaging in the same conduct.
Phillips Law Group is dedicated to assisting personal injury victims.
What is the Deadline for Filing a Train Accident Case?
In general, personal injury victims have two years from the date of the injury to file a damages claim. Usually, if you miss the deadline you lose the right to file a claim for damages.
However, it is important to note there are exceptions to this deadline that could apply, particularly after a train accident. If you were injured in an accident involving an Amtrak train or a train on the Valley Metro Rail, you may have just 180 days from the accident date to file a claim. This is the deadline for filing a Notice of Claim. Usually, the lawsuit must be filed within one year of the injury.
There are other exceptions to the statute of limitations that might apply to your case. As time may already be running out, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to find out how much time may be left.
The consultation with our attorneys is free of charge. Call to schedule: 1-800-706-3000.
How Can an Injury Lawyer Assist Me After an Accident?
When a train accident happens, insurance companies may quickly contact accident victims to ask them about what happened. They are not doing this out of concern for victims’ well-being. They are looking for information they can use to discredit victims and lower the value of injury claims.
Insurance companies like to contact victims early because they are vulnerable. Insurers may even offer a quick settlement, thinking victims will accept it because they are not yet sure how severe their injury is and how long it may take to recover.
The Tucson train accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group know the tricks insurers use on accident victims. You can choose to have your attorney deal with insurance companies on your behalf. Unlike insurance companies, we are dedicated to the pursuit of maximum compensation to aid in your recovery.
We have many years of combined experience negotiating with insurance companies for fair compensation. We know what it takes to build a strong case and are prepared for trial if the insurance company will not offer fair compensation.
The legal team at Phillips Law Group consists of award-winning attorneys and investigators, paralegals and other support staff who are prepared to build a strong case. Some of the steps we may take include:
- Obtaining the black box data from the train
- Reviewing medical records
- Visiting the scene to take pictures and gather other evidence
- Talking to witnesses about what they saw
- Reviewing the accident report from the National Transportation Safety Board
- Consulting experts, if necessary, to help validate your claim and the value of your damages
Learn more about the services we provide to injury victims in a free consultation. Call us at 1-800-706-3000.
Common Causes of Train Accidents
The train conductor may be the one at fault for an accident. For example, he or she may have been operating the train recklessly by speeding, not applying the brakes appropriately, or operating the train while distracted or under the influence of drugs.
However, sometimes train accidents are caused by faulty equipment on the train, such as the brakes or communication equipment. The railway may also be in a state of disrepair. Switches could be improperly aligned, or warning lights, bells or gate arms could be malfunctioning.
These issues could lead to a train derailing or drivers not receiving proper warning about an oncoming train.
Our experienced attorneys are available to assist train accident victims.
Contact a Tucson Train Accident Lawyer to Learn More
Over more than 27 years, Phillips Law Group has been able to obtain $750+ million in compensation for injury victims throughout Arizona. We are dedicated to pursuing full compensation for damages from injuries caused by negligence.
Our legal team is led by Jeffrey Phillips, who has obtained verdicts in several Arizona counties and served as lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials. He is also a Leaders Forum member of the American Association for Justice.
Our staff is standing by to take your call and set you up with a free consultation with a Tucson train accident lawyer. This is a chance to ask your questions and explain what happened in your train accident.
The consultation is always free and there are no upfront fees for having us represent you, if we take your case.
Call our firm to schedule your consultation. We are here to help. Phillips Law Group: 1-800-706-3000.