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Florida Train Accident Attorneys

Train accidents in Florida are not uncommon occurrences. In fact, there were 421 rail accidents and incidents in Florida in 2022, which resulted in 293 injuries and 64 fatalities, according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis.

Common carriers, the train companies responsible for transporting people and goods, have legal duties to protect passengers and cargo and to ensure train operators act with safety in mind. When a common carrier or a train operator breaches their legal duty of care, victims and their family members have the right to pursue compensation for their losses. The experienced Florida train accident attorneys at Scott Marshall Injury Attorneys can help train accident victims recover compensation and hold responsible parties liable for their negligence.

Reasons To Hire A Florida Train Accident Attorney

Railroad accident lawyers can help accident victims and their loved ones in several ways. Without a knowledgeable attorney in your corner, it can be difficult to understand the potential value of your claim. Accepting a settlement offered by the responsible party’s insurance company before first talking to a lawyer could result in you accepting far less than your claim is worth.

Florida train accident attorneys understand the legal landscape surrounding these types of claims, where and how to gather evidence, and how to build strong cases based on that evidence.

As a skilled negotiator, your attorney will work hard on your behalf to help you obtain the best possible outcome for your claim. In the event negotiations fail, you can count on your lawyer to litigate your claim in court, advocating tirelessly on your behalf.

Common Types Of Florida Train Accidents 

Train accidents in Florida sometimes take the form of collisions with other trains, automobiles, or other vehicles. Other train accidents are derailments or involve the cargo being transported. Some of the common types of Florida train accidents our train accident lawyers handle include:

  • Injuries related to hazardous chemicals or other materials that were spilled into the community during a train derailment
  • Train collisions with cars, trucks, or motorcycles
  • Pedestrians struck by trains
  • Injuries suffered due to train derailments
  • Multiple-train collision accidents
  • Train accidents injuring passengers

Common Causes Of Train Accidents

Investigations into train accidents are designed to identify the underlying cause(s) of the accident. While some of the reasons behind train accidents are mechanical, others are due to human error.

Some of the most common causes of Florida train accidents include:

  • Defects on railroad tracks
  • Railroad crossings lack appropriate warnings
  • Conductor negligence
  • Railroad worker negligence
  • Negligence by government agencies
  • Mechanical failure on trains
  • Mechanical failure at railroad crossings
  • Negligent motorists or pedestrians

Common Injuries From A Florida Train Accident 

Train accidents in Florida can leave victims with injuries that range from minor aches and pains to catastrophic, life-changing injuries, or death. Because trains are larger vehicles, even seemingly minor crashes can cause severe damage.

Our train injury lawyers have helped victims with a range of injuries. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological conditions
  • Wrongful death

Who Is Liable For A Florida Train Accident?

Establishing liability after a train accident is not always a straightforward matter. Your railroad injury lawyers will work to uncover evidence and to review government agencies’ findings after official investigations have been completed.

Responsible parties may include the train owner, operator, business responsible for maintaining the train, party responsible for maintaining train tracks, municipality where the accident occurred, driver of a motor vehicle or a pedestrian involved in an accident, and anyone else whose actions or negligence may have played a role in causing the accident.

Let The Skilled Train Accident Lawyers At Scott Marshall Injury Attorneys Help You

Dealing with the aftermath of a train accident can be emotional and frustrating. If you were injured or if a loved one was killed in a train accident, you need an experienced advocate on your side. As Florida train accident attorneys, Scott R. Marshall and Marko Crespo have years of experience helping accident victims recover compensation.

To learn more about how we can help, schedule a free consultation today.