Phoenix, AZ Train Accident Lawyers

Train Accident Lawyers

Phillips Law Train Accident Attorneys

Phoenix Train Accidents

When you combine daily gridlock and rising fuel costs, one could easily understand why many people begin to look for alternative transportation besides driving, since the choice for millions of people seems to be between sitting in traffic daily or finding another solution. And that’s all while fuel costs continue to rise, too. One solution is commuter trains, but that, unfortunately, comes with the risk of a train accident occurring.

Although statistics generally show that train accidents occur at a much lower rate than automobile crashes, especially in an area like Phoenix, Arizona, when they do occur they tend to generate media coverage given their tendency to leave behind a wake of devastation.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a train crash, you or your loved one need to obtain medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you do not feel any physical symptoms, you should still be examined to make sure that no undetectable injuries did occur, just in case.

You should also contact a train accident attorney to schedule a free initial consultation. It’s important to know what your legal rights and options may be when a cause for the accident is determined.

The team at Phillips Law Group can help you if you’re dealing with the aftermath of a train accident. Give us a call or fill out the form on this page to determine your legal options. We offer a no-obligation, free consultation to discuss your situation and have years of experience in the Phoenix area. Contact our office today to learn more.

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    Train Accidents Lawyers Help Sort Through Complicated Issues

    Traveling and shipping goods by train has always been a mainstay of the American economy. Train lines extend from one border to the other, and there is no indication that this mode of transportation will ever go away.

    Unfortunately, train accidents also happen from time to time, and the results of such occurrences are always devastating. If you find yourself in this situation, you need the help of an experienced Phoenix accident lawyer.

    Below you’ll find information regarding train accident statistics in the United States and common causes of them, how a train accident attorney can help if you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an Arizona train accident, and finally, how you should proceed if you need the assistance of a Phoenix personal injury lawyer to make sure that your legal rights are properly protected and enforced.

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    Train Accident Statistics and Common Causes

    Train accidents occur with more frequency than most would assume in the United States, and a quick look at these statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration, as reported by Operation Lifesaver, can give some insight into these accidents. Consider the following:

    Preliminary 2021 Federal Railroad Administration Statistics

    • 2,145 highway-rail grade crossing collisions occurred in 2021
    • 234 crossing fatalities occurred in 2021
    • 669 crossing injuries occurred in 2021

    Common Causes of Train Accidents in the United States

    In terms of common causes of train accidents, there are some situations that arise more than others. Examples of common causes of railroad accidents and train accidents with automobiles include:

    • Speeding
    • Obstructions blocking the railroad tracks
    • Malfunctioning equipment including warning bells, warning lights, and crossing arms
    • Failure to properly warn other vehicles of an approaching train by the conductor
    • Limited vision
    • Derailment
    • Collisions with other trains
    • Poorly constructed and/or poorly designed railroad crossings

    While there are other causes of train accidents in the United States, the examples above tend to be disturbingly common, and each of them can be traced to some form of negligence.

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    How a Phoenix Train Accident Lawyer Can Help

    If you or someone you love has been injured in an Arizona train accident, you face a difficult struggle if you intend to enforce your legal rights by yourself.

    There are many reasons for this difficulty, and below are a few examples of why you should seek the help of an Arizona accident lawyer if you find yourself in this difficult situation.

    Jurisdiction

    Railroads are regulated by the federal government, and this means that if you’ve been injured by a train that carries cargo across state lines, for example, you could find yourself in federal court while enforcing your rights. Federal courts are very different from state courts and involve different rules, regulations, and norms.

    The Opponent

    Another potential problem could arise if you or someone you love has been harmed on a commuter train. These trains tend to either be run by the local government or a private corporation, and regardless of which, these are challenging opponents. Each of them will possess an array of defense attorneys whose job it is to limit the liability their clients face.

    The Proof

    When someone is involved in an Arizona auto accident, it’s common that he or she will be able to identify the cause of that accident in at least a preliminary manner.

    However, when train accidents occur, few if any passengers will understand what went wrong and which party or parties should be responsible for victim injuries. That’s because most people are not familiar with the rules involved with navigating a train and most are not even aware of what’s happening as the train moves along the tracks.

    Compliance

    As stated above, the federal government heavily regulates railroads, and trains of all types are regulated by governments of different levels.

    As a result, there are countless regulations involved with the proper maintenance and operation of these vehicles, and failure to meet the standards of even one of these regulations could mean that those charged with managing the train at issue are negligent. However, many people are simply not aware of all of these regulations.

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    Contact an Arizona Train Accident Lawyer Today to Protect Your Legal Rights

    Even though asserting your rights in the aftermath of an Arizona train accident can be extremely difficult if you do so by yourself, it does not mean that there is no help available.

    Contact the Phoenix train accident lawyers at the law firm of Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation. Our firm has a long track record of holding those responsible for these incidents accountable.

    Major Railroad Companies:

    • Amtrak
    • Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
    • Canadian National Railway
    • Canadian Pacific Railway
    • CSX Transportation
    • Kansas City Southern Railway
    • Norfolk Southern Railway
    • Union Pacific Railroad
    • Montana Rail Link
    • Soo Line Railroad

    Major Train Accidents:

    • Metrolink Train Collision – 9/08, 25 killed, 135 injured, caused by engineer texting
    • Amtrak Passenger Train Strikes Vehicle – 7/09, 5 people in vehicle killed
    • Washington Metro Trains Collide – 6/09, 9 people killed
    • Boston MBTA Trains Collide – 5/08, a train crashed into the rear of another train of the same line. Conductor killed, 9 injured
    • Massachusetts MBTA Train Crash – 3/08, Runaway Box Car Struck, 150 injured
    • Chicago Amtrak Crashes into COFC Freight Train– 11/07, many passengers injured, speed confusion blamed

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