Alabama Railroad Crossing Collisions
A lawsuit based on the injury of a loved one injured at a railroad crossing requires the skill and dedication of an experienced attorney with a track record of success in the courts of Alabama. If you've been injured as a result of a railroad crossing inadequately functioning or incorrectly marked, we'd like to discuss your potential claims. Let us know if we can help you.
There are approximately 6,000 railroad crossing accidents each year in the United States and often they result in catastrophic injury or death. Nearly 35% of all railway crossing accidents occur to children under 16 years of age. Railway companies are often quick to place the blame on inattentive motor vehicle drivers and children who are looking to "beat the train".
Railway companies must be accountable for providing adequate warning systems and safety measures such as safety gates and flashing lights at all railway crossings. If a railroad company has been negligent in providing adequate warning systems you may be able to file a claim to recover your losses including medical expenses, property damage, loss of current and future earnings, loss of future enjoyment and pain and suffering.
Railroads Accidents and Train Derailment Claims
If you have been involved in a train accident at a grade crossing, or if you have had the misfortune of being evacuated from your home as a result of a chemical s pill or toxic release from a railroad car, contact the personal injury lawyers at The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation about your claims. The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC long experience with the investigation and proof of factually complex claims against major corporations and multiple defendants can help you collect the compensation you and your family will need in such situations as the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents at railroad grade crossings
- Passenger or employee injuries suffered on board a train involved in a collision or derailment
- Accidents resulting from failure to maintain signals, barriers, or signs along the railroad's right of way
- Damages caused by chemical spills, toxic releases, or negligent storage and transport of hazardous freight
- Accidents at railroad stations or freight yards
Railroads have been tough personal injury litigation opponents for as long as Americans have traveled or shipped goods by rail. Our team of trial attorneys, consultants, and experts are never intimidated or outgunned in litigation against a rail company; in fact, our willingness and ability to invest in the factual development and presentation of your claim for damages represents a powerful equalizer in any lawsuit against a railroad. Because we advance all the expenses necessary for investigation and expert analysis of the liability and damages issues in your case, our clients need never feel pressured towards a hasty or inadequate settlement.
Why seek a train accident lawyer?
Train accidents are incredibly destructive events. The collision of a car and a train is comparable to the collision of a car and a soda can - the size and weight of a train moving even at what might seem to be slower speeds result in a physical impact that is truly devastating. All forms of train accidents, whether they're truck/train accidents, train/car accidents, derailments, or pedestrian/train accidents, are quite capable of producing catastrophic injuries and often death.
A good train accident lawyer will provide you with honest, direct legal guidance if you have been injured in one of these accidents. Railroad companies are notorious for denying responsibility, particularly at railroad crossings, making this form of litigation a complicated arena.
A skilled Alabama train accident lawyer will tirelessly analyze the facts of your case to determine the degree to which the railroad company was responsible, what sorts of compensation you may receive in a settlement or trial, and ultimately, will fight on your behalf to ensure that your rights are upheld, no matter how uphill the battle may seem.
A good train accident lawyer will be honest with you about the merit of your potential claims - whether you have a case or not. In addition, a good train accident lawyer will not settle out of court for less than you might recover through trial. One of the main concerns should be that you are properly compensated for your personal losses and medical expenses.
I've been injured at a railroad crossing accident. What can I do?
The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC are personal injury trial lawyers. Our experience and understanding of railroad crossing litigation and the special problems of proof that sometimes arise can represent a significant advantage in the resolution of your railroad crossing injury claim.
Contact an Alabama Railroad Crossing Law Firm
Filing a railroad crossing lawsuit can help families recover the appropriate compensation for the injury or lost life of a loved one.
If you choose The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC to handle your Alabama railroad crossing injury lawsuit, you can count on compassion, respect, a high degree of caring personal service, and quality legal experience and expertise in railroad crossing litigation.
Award Limits on Railroad Crossing Verdicts in Alabama
The state of Alabama has no set award limits, or caps, for railroad crossing lawsuits. The Alabama State Supreme Court has declared award limitations unconstitutional. However, the United States Supreme Court has stated that punitive damages must be less than a 10:1 ratio in order to be upheld on appeal.
Alabama Statute of Limitations For Railroad Crossing Lawsuits
If you are filing a railroad crossing claim as the family of a deceased party, you have up to two years after the persons passing to file the claim. It takes time to acquire medical records, employment records, gather evidence, and draft pleadings, so please do not delay in contacting us if you have any concern that your injury (or a loved one's lost life) was due to a faulty or inadequately marked railroad crossing. In railroad crossing injury matters, time is of the essence.