Recovering Compensation For Victims Injured In Railroad Collisions
While any type of accident can be devastating, accidents at railroad crossings are often catastrophic. Even large semi trucks are no match for the size and power of a train locomotive.
If you have been injured in a train incident, or lost a loved one due to the negligence of a railroad company or train operator, you may have a case for compensation. The lawyers at Satterley & Kelley PLLC can help you with this process as well as ensure the settlement offer you receive is fair.
Common Causes Of Railroad Accidents
Even though railroad companies try to blame the driver of the vehicle for railroad collisions, the truth of the matter is that train conductors and railroad companies themselves can also be negligent. Some common forms of negligence include:
- Maintenance failures on trains, tracks and other equipment — This can result in catastrophic events, including failures to stop derailments.
- Defective or missing crossing guards — This can result in a driver not noticing the approach of train, which can result in serious and fatal collisions.
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo — This can affect the stopping distance conductors need to slow an engine. If this distance isn’t gauged properly, collisions can occur.
- Hazardous cargo — From hazardous chemicals to volatile substances, collisions with trains carrying hazardous cargo can be devastating, resulting in dangerous spills and serious fires.
Injuries Can Be Catastrophic Or Fatal
Just as is the case with tractor-trailer trucks, trains are incredibly large vehicles with considerable weight behind them. Fully loaded, trains can turn into an unstoppable force that obliterates anything in its path. As a result, collisions with trains often result in catastrophic injuries as well as fatalities.
Catastrophic injuries are particularly problematic because they can leave a person permanently disabled by a severe brain injury, loss of limb or spinal cord injury, just to name a few. Medical costs for these types of injuries are steep and should be accounted for in their entirety in a settlement offer.
Put Boots On The Ground And Advocacy In Your Corner
For more than a decade, Satterley & Kelley PLLC in Louisville has been representing victims injured or killed as a result of railroad and train negligence. With our in-depth experience in this area, we can ensure you get the assistance and support you need to claim the compensation to which you are entitled.
We will carefully listen to your situation and personal circumstances before formulating a legal strategy that fits your personal and financial needs. Recovering full and fair compensation is what our attorneys strive for at our firm. Our track record of successes proves this as well as showcases our determination for getting positive outcomes.
Talk To Our Legal Team Today
Have you been involved in a railroad collision in Kentucky? We want to hear about it. Let us handle legal matters while you focus on recovery. Contact us today through our online contact form or call our Louisville office at 502-785-8758 (toll-free at 800-655-2117).