Detroit Railroad Crossing / Train Accident Lawyers
While railroads have ceased to be the dominant form of transportation for most Americans, they are still an important part of the national infrastructure, particularly in states like Michigan. In most cases, trains are a safe, reliable means of transportation. However, in some circumstances, particularly where railway lines intersect with roads, trains can pose substantial dangers to public safety.
Train and railroad crossing accidents, while relatively rare, are often devastating when they occur, potentially causing serious injury or even wrongful death. Because of the seriousness of these possible consequences, accident victims may be able to pursue compensation for their resulting losses. If you have been injured in a train accident, the Detroit legal team at Ravid & Associates, P.C. understands how much you may be struggling to recover from your injuries, and we are prepared to provide you with the aggressive representation you need at this time.
Train Accident Cases We Handle
There are a number of different ways that a railroad crossing or train accident may occur, each of which can pose serious risks to the health and safety of those involved. At Ravid & Associates, P.C. we are prepared to assist those who have been injured in accidents involving:
- Improperly Marked Crossings
- Lack of Safety Gates
- Improperly Maintained Tracks
- Conductor Error
- Mechanical Defect or Malfunction
- Employer Negligence and Liability
In addition to pursuing a personal injury claim, it may also be necessary to fight your insurance company for the compensation you are entitled to under the terms of your policy. We are fully prepared to assist in these types of claims, as well.
Train Accident FAQs
What are some common causes of train accidents?
There are a number of factors that contribute to train accidents, a leading cause of which is driver error. Although the fault is on the part of the pedestrian or vehicle driver not following signs or practicing necessary safety measures in most train accident cases, there are a number of other causes of train accidents that are not the fault of vehicular drivers. Some of these include improperly marked signs and crossings, faulty train tracks, an absence of safety gates or other safety measures, and conductor error. For example, a lack of safety gates may cause a driver to proceed over tracks without knowing a train is coming, resulting in a serious collision.
How common are train accidents?
Train accidents are surprisingly common and occur at least once a week in Michigan. The commonality of these accidents is due primarily to negligent practices and because of increased vehicles and drivers on roadways as city hubs continue to expand, especially in recent years. Because train accidents are such common occurrences, it is vital for railways to be properly marked and necessary safety precautions put in place. Additionally, it is important to educate drivers about the dangers of train collisions and teach drivers train safety and ways to avoid collisions, especially when proper safety measures are not already in place.
What are the most common types of train accidents?
The most common types of train accidents occur at crossings and intersections and may involve two trains, a train and another vehicle, or a train and a pedestrian. Among these, the most common accidents involve a train and another vehicle and are usually preventable if standard safety precautions had been followed. These safety precautions include flashing lights at crossings that alert drivers to oncoming trains, safety gates that prevent cars from crossing onto tracks when a train is coming, and other warning signs on and around the tracks.
Talk to Our Detroit Railroad Crossing Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you know has been involved in a railroad crossing or train accident, you may be eligible for compensation from the responsible party. Contact our train accident attorneys today at (248) 963-1473 to speak with an experienced member of our legal team about your case and learn more about what we are prepared to do for you.